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My Word

  • MY WORD: Public education at a crossroad? Charter schools aren't answer

    My grandfather was a farmer and teamster in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in West Virginia. Back in 1915 he was asked to move a rural school building from one location to another, about 100 yards.

    He raised up that little one room schoolhouse by about 2 feet and placed several round logs under the building as rollers. He then hooked his fine team of horses to a harness attached to the building and slowly but surely moved the building to its new location.

  • MY WORD: We must embrace our change

    I guess it’s the writer in me that notices when words are misspelled, when the incorrect form of a word is used or when the correct pronunciation or spelling is elusive or murky. A case in point is how to spell the word “cancelled.” Or is it “canceled?” I’ve noticed it used both ways, especially on TV news when reporting changes in airline flight schedules.

  • MY WORD: Shelby County's community support is impressive

    Every generation of our culture has been faced with its own problems and must come up with creative solutions to solve them. I believe our generation’s problem today is that we are afraid to admit to the real problems we have.

    The development of our culture, though done with good intentions, is now drowning us in problems, and the only solution is to be transformed by the renewing of our minds and the way we relate to each other.

  • NEIHOF: Shelby teachers model teaching and learning

    When you hear the word workshop, you might envision a carpenter’s bench, hammer and other tools where products are crafted. I know because I dabble in construction as a hobby.

    However, I do more than dabble when I visit schools in Shelby County on the lookout for a workshop classroom.

    Let me explain.

  • MY WORD: Proud of Senator Paul

    For over a dozen hours last week, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul literally took a stand for the Constitution. As a Kentuckian, I am proud to claim the honor of having this statesman serve our commonwealth.

  • MY WORD: 2 men whose lives spoke for them

    Two men died recently who were a credit to their families, their community and their country.

    I recall a defining moment about each man, one of which I witnessed and the other that was related to me.

    Roy Lyons was an easy man to know. He loved to play golf, visit with friends at the local coffee cup and attend the Upper Room Bible class. He also taught Sunday school at one time. But what I remember most about him was his service to this nation as a highly decorated U. S. Marine.

  • MY WORD: Postal service for Bagdad is important

    It is time Shelby Countians unite behind a common cause. Let our voices ring as one on this singular issue of great importance. We are often divided by our national and state politics. We are even on opposite sides on many local issues.

    But we cannot let our differences and even apathy hold us back anymore. We must rally behind this common goal: Save our Post Offices!

    Why? Because it’s important. This is not an abstract debate. We’re not talking about obscure data with minute percentage tweaks that really don’t affect anyone at any level.

  • MY WORD: Testimonies teach Young Leaders

    Members of Young Leaders Institute experienced Education Day last month, when they visited Collins High School, Simpsonville Elementary, and Cornerstone Christian Academy.

    At Collins they heard testimonies from students about how they are ready for the future because they have met or are on track to meet their BIG Goals. Josh Rice made it clear that “very unique opportunities in Shelby County Public Schools have helped me become college and career ready.” He named Student Technology Leadership Program, Technology Student Association and Project Lead The Way.

  • MY WORD: The evience for global warming

    I have sat around long enough without making a public statement about this issue. If you don't believe that it is actually happening by now, then the reason you won't accept it is one or all of the following:

    1.    You have some monetary gain, through maybe your stock, or a similar situation, so you just continue to say that it is all a bunch of hogwash.

  • MY WORD: Bleeding federal budget is not the cure

    Dr. Benjamin Rush was the chief medical counsel to Thomas Jefferson and a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Dr. Rush is also famous for advocating a medical treatment that proved to be incredibly disastrous. He advocated bleeding the patient as a cure for a wide range of illnesses.