My Word

  • 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.

  • MY WORD: Setting history straight on gun control

    I do not like to publicly attack others on their letters to the editor, but since Eugene Maynard has made a career of doing just that, a past letter of mine included, I feel I am justified to “do to him what he has done to me.” Maynard’s rant (“The Presidential gun-grab,” My Word, Jan. 30) is nothing more than a rant.

    In doing a little research on the Internet, I found Sen. Rand Paul’s untruthful scare letter sent to supporters in which the senator and Eugene Maynard give out the same misinformation.

  • NEIHOF: Non-readers need drastic help

    February is “I Love To Read Month” – unless you are “Henry.”

    Henry can’t read.

    He’s in the fourth grade and can’t read. Actually he can read, but he reads on the first-grade/sixth-month level. Henry desperately needs catch-up growth in reading.

    A catch-up kindergarten curriculum did not adequately focus on letter recognition, phonemic awareness, phonics and vocabulary development. That robbed him of valuable literacy learning time every year since kindergarten. Neither Henry nor his parents know that.

  • MY WORD: Valentine’s Day verse

    I love my love an awful lot
    but there are times I love him NOT!
    Like when I want to watch my soaps
    and he would rather dash my hopes
    by telling me that there's no way
    I'd ever hear my hero say
    "I love you me more than life itself"
    and I should put him on the shelf.

    I stay up late, he turns in early,
    I like hair straight, he likes it curly,
    There's no telling why he moans,
    when I ask him he just groans
    and tells me that I'm crazy..

  • MY WORD: Some aches you simply can't mask

    The aging athlete is a pitiful thing in America, especially when their glory days are more a matter of our own conjecture than any pen-and-ink record of accomplishment. Yes, I am guilty, and so what? I was a better-than-average high school baseball player and a terribly reluctant and, therefore, less-than-average high school football player. But since I have qualified for the Senior Discount at Burger King, I have tried to maintain some semblance of athleticism.

  • MY WORD: A different type of homecoming

    Some Shelby County High School graduates returned home the weekend of Jan. 25 for basketball Homecoming activities. Two graduates returned home permanently last August, when they started teaching positions at East Middle: Casey Page and Marcie Wright.

    They join countless others who received their educations in Shelby County and have returned to work alongside former teachers in classrooms where they once could have sat.

  • MY WORD: Why are we abandoning children?

    On Jan. 29, the state announced an $86 million cut in child-care assistance for low-income working parents. Also included in the cuts are subsidies to relatives raising abused or neglected children. 

    That’s quite a statement for a governor who hung his hat on a platform of the importance of early childhood education, created a statewide Early Childhood Advisory Council and a Governor’s Office of Early Childhood, none of which have made any comment on the impending collapse of the system that houses most of our children under the age of 5 on any given day.