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My Word

  • MY WORD: Leadershp Shelby gets an apolitical lesson in government

    On Dec. 12, the Leadership Shelby Class of 2012-2013 spent the day discussing government in Shelby County.

    With the recent elections and contentious talks of a “fiscal cliff,” the word "government" tends to conjure images of division within our society. Many of us are ready to turn the page, change the channel or scroll down the news feed to avoid another heated political discussion or debate.

  • MY WORD: Collins student keen on entrepreneurial program

    Gov. Steve Beshear joined entrepreneurs and educators across Kentucky to announce the creation of the Governor's School for Entrepreneurs. Speaking alongside him, on behalf of high school students across Kentucky, was Taylor Nash, a sophomore at Collins High School.

    When Taylor first heard about the program through a meeting at school, he said he was excited, “This is definitely a path to careers that would work for me because I want to start my own business and make a difference in the community.”

  • MY WORD: Here's some ammo to fight gun control

    Unlike the rest of the world, Americans believe that everybody needs to be armed for self protection. How is that working?

    The mass murderer in Connecticut killed his mother, who logically wanted a gun for protection. Most people who carry concealed weapons are paranoid, feeling that they could be shot, robbed or beaten up.

    The problem is not gun control, but People Control.

  • MY WORD: Leadership Shelby sees a real show of industrial strength

    Leadership Shelby is an organization sponsoring an annual group of individuals from the county who have demonstrated leadership qualities and a deep commitment to the community and who are likely to assume greater responsibility in the future.

    On Nov. 14, the class of 2012-2013 completed a full-day overview of the industry in our county. We toured the operation of four businesses, and reviewed a wealth of data on the trends in population and employment opportunity, as well as the economics behind the numbers.

  • MY WORD: Some Shelby County churches have changed their tunes

    While the United States is obviously becoming more secular and less religious, Christian church life is very much alive and well in Shelby County.

    That’s the conclusion that Mae Peniston, Greg Biagi and I reached after conducting a series of book signings at more than 20 churches spread all over the county…from Graefenburg to Simpsonville and from Elmburg to Waddy.

    The book is Shelby County, Kentucky 2011 – A Living History, which debuted in June.

    We also visited with Ruritans at all five of their clubs in the county.

  • MY WORD: Time for teacher to give thanks

    Debby Sowell is thankful she is able to buy food... she has a home... she is a teacher.

    Sowell, the art teacher at East Middle School, overcame obstacles to achieve her goal and is proud to share her story.

    “I grew up poor,” she said. “My Mom had her GED. My Dad had a high school diploma. He wanted me to go to college and harped, ‘Medicine is the way to go’ because he wanted me to have money...something we never had.”

  • MY WORD: How to view a disheartening election

    I’m 46 years old, and I have never been more disheartened or discouraged by an election than I was last week. Just typing that produces a bit of guilt however, as I’m reminded that as Christians, our hope is in Christ, and we can’t let the affairs of this world distract us to the point of depression. So I’m struggling.

  • MY WORD: Leadership Shelby looks beneath the roots of Shelby County

    On Oct. 10 the 2012-2013 Class of Leadership Shelby embarked on our first educational adventure together as a team. I don’t think it was any coincidence that our first day trip was planned as “Agriculture Day.” After all, our county began as a booming agricultural land, and even though most of us do not get to see it every day, our county still thrives on agriculture, which has taken many different shapes.

  • MY WORD: ‘The greatest guitar player in the world’

    In early August of this year, I noticed a small ad in the Sunday Louisville Courier-Journal concerning upcoming concerts at the old Grand Theater in Frankfort. Since I have performed as an entertainer, beginning at the age of 4, this quickly got my attention.

    After going over the rather long list as well as the dates, my focus centered on a guitar player on the evening of Sept. 25, knowing this would also be a pleasant surprise for my wife, Iris, and we would in all likelihood also enjoy dinner at a nearby Frankfort restaurant.

  • MY WORD: A different way to view divine guidance

    I write these comments with all due respect to Sentinel-News columnist Chuck Souder. As a person of faith, I take exception to his position on faith and politics as espoused in this paper during the past six weeks. While Souder’s arguments are grounded in an understanding of God and Scripture, his is not the only valid understanding of God’s authority, creation and the way faith informs our lives and actions.