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My Word

  • NEIHOF: Believe in students; believe in schools

    Distinguished, Proficient or Needing Improvement – these are the categories by which Kentucky schools will be labeled in just a couple of weeks. Schools above the 90th percentile will be Distinguished. Those falling between the 70th and the 89th percentile will be Proficient. Those below the 70th will be classified as Needing Improvement.

  • MY WORD: One man's story of life and fate

    Herbert T. Riddle from Shelbyville was known as “Herb,” and I want to share his story, which is a story of how fate extended his life. He is 85 years old, but for a twist of change, he might not have reached that age.

    Mr. Riddle joined the Navy and was stationed at Barbara Point Naval Base in Hawaii. He was a tail gunner in a naval fighter plane that was to fly over the oceans and beaches around the islands of Hawaii.

  • MY WORD: Dairy farmers need help

    I keep saying to myself, I don’t understand! I really don’t. I am a dairy farmer’s wife in Shelby County, and we produce a high quality, wholesome product that sells in the stores today for $2.49 a gallon. In 1997 this same gallon of milk sold for an average price of $2.36 in Louisville, according to a 2000 summary by the Federal Milk Market Administrator.

    Dairy farmers have no say in those prices either at the store or the farm. We take the price given to us for our milk. The people who set those prices must think inflation doesn’t affect us.

  • MY WORD: Insturctor's goal is to keep students 'upward bound'

    David Benders grew up in New Jersey, where he was involved in the Upward Bound program, which provides fundamental support to participants in their preparation for college entrance. It serves high school students from low-income families; and high school students from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor's degree.

    The goal of Upward Bound is to increase the rate at which participants complete secondary education and enroll in and graduate from institutions of postsecondary education.

  • MY WORD: Remembering Bob Logan, friend and hero

    Friend to all! That’s how I will always remember Robert (Bob) Dean Logan.

    Bob’s passing evokes many memories dating back to our pre-elementary school days. And they are all good.

    I never heard Bob speak an unkind word about anybody with the possible exception of

    UK football coaches through the years. He was an ardent fan of the “Big Blue” and never understood why UK football couldn’t rival UK basketball.

  • MY WORD: Showing up is everything for a candidate

    We deserve better.

    On Sept. 11 a forum was scheduled for our congressional candidates sponsored by the Shelby County Farm Bureau. This would be one of the few times Shelby Countians would see our District 4 congressional candidates, Bill Adkins and Thomas Massie, live discussing their visions for our district. So, months before, I requested off work and did my best to spread the word to all my friends and family to attend this forum on agricultural issues.

  • MY WORD: Contraception issue a matter of freedom

    It really puzzles me how Linda Allewalt (“Catholics can’t have issue both ways,” Aug. 29) could ignore the basic issue that her article puts forth concerning this administration’s contraception mandate, in light of existing law. It is just not the Catholics that this president and his administration demean, insofar as values are concerned. Most Christians believe the state must never infringe on the conscience of the citizens where religious beliefs would be violated.

  • MY WORD: Souder’s mix of politics, religion needs balance

    “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, on the right of the people peaceably, to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

  • MY WORD: Hispanic students set new goals for their futures

    Christina Rosales, Valerio Cabrera and Miriam Rosales have a BIG Goal – they want to earn scholarships so they can attend and graduate from college.

    Students at Collins High School, they received the spark after attending a state Hispanic leadership conference this summer in Lexington, where they spent a week in the dorms at the Bluegrass Community Technical College. Their college degrees would be the first for their families – even when  Valerio graduates from high school would be the first for his family.

  • MY WORD: School board puts on same show, same ending

    The Shelby County Community Theatre has nothing on the currently playing “Think Big” campaign put on by the administration of the Shelby County Public Schools. The production, written and directed by Superintendent James Neihof, is an annual tradition, based on the school board’s vote on its property tax assessment, presented this year at Collins High School on Aug. 23, 2012. I attended the show and have the following review: