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My Word

  • 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:

  • MY WORD: Is God invited to the election party?

    Does God have a place in the platform of a political party? It depends upon whom you ask. On day two of the Democratic National Convention, three attempts were made to include God in the Democratic Party Platform. San Antonio Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa asked for delegates to ratify the proposal by voice vote and an awkward moment ensued when the first two votes deadlocked.  The third vote drew even louder opposition, yet the Chair gaveled the proposed change into place, which drew loud boos. Who knew God would be so controversial at the convention?

  • MY WORD: Catholics can’t have it both ways

    Phyllis Sower really threw down the gauntlet on the Catholic position on contraception and the HHS mandate (My Word: “Clarifying Catholic issue,” Aug. 8). I don't mind picking it up because it struck at the heart of a couple of topics that are near and dear to me.

  • MY WORD: It's time for us to speak out about our principles

    Intimidation can be a powerful weapon. Tyrants and terrorists have long employed intimidation into their arsenal to not only keep subjects and opponents in line but to silence even the smallest hint of resistance.

  • MY WORD: Souder’s logic needs addressing

    An open letter to Chuck Souder (“Part 2: Are we going up or going down?” July 27): You should be ashamed of yourself. For you in the type of position you hold [with a church] to single out black and Hispanic people just shows what so many true Christians have a problem with, which is the use of the Bible as a way to promote thinly veiled racism and judgment. Shelbyville is a highly diverse community, and you are a community representative. You should uplift all races and walks of life.

  • NEIHOF: Your tax dollars at work

    “If we’re going to have education in Shelby County, we’re going to have to pay for it with Shelby County money.” That quote by a school board member came during a discussion of 2012/2013 finances and the continued cuts being experienced on the state and federal levels. The board members know a trend exists that revenue from outside sources decreases. They know tough decisions must be made in these tough economic times. They know our students deserve it.

  • EARLIER: MY WORD: Clarifying the Catholic isssue

    The article The Sentinel-News published from Raymond Broussard (“The trouble with Catholics’ cause,” My Word, July 11) reflects a serious misunderstanding of both the teaching of the Catholic Church and the impact of the Department of Health and Human Services’ mandate.