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My Word

  • EARLIER: MY WORD: Catholics' message doesn't mesh with government

    In the June 3 edition of The Courier-Journal, there was a story on the front page about Louisville Archbishop Kurtz and others protesting outside the federal courthouse. The group led by Archbishop Kurtz was protesting the recent federal mandates requiring coverage of contraception costs for most employees.

  • MY WORD: Shelby County shares Arizona's issues

    The Supreme Court struck down much of Arizona's attempts to control illegal immigration but left a major part. Police still can check for documentation related to citizenship. I want to quote one sentence from Antonin Scalia's dissent – "Are the sovereign States at the mercy of the federal Executive’s refusal to enforce the Nation’s immigration laws?" – as questioning President Obama's decision not to enforce federal immigration law against 1.4 million illegals.

  • MY WORD: There is another side to story of librarian's firing

    The award-winning youth librarian at the Shelby County Public Library, Sherry Bogard, was dismissed after an unfair board meeting held on June 19, 2012. At this board meeting, Mrs. Sherry, as she is called, was not permitted to state her case or make objections to the charges against her; all but one of the board voted to dismiss Mrs. Sherry based on speculation arising from a single viewpoint. The fact that there was not any kind of due process is among the more disturbing issues; however, there are others.

  • MY WORD: A word from a man full of thanks

    My name is Andrea Cottrell, the wife of the late George Cottrell, Jr.

    Our family would like to thank everyone for all their love and support throughout our entire journey with George’s ALS diagnosis.

    We were blessed and highly favored by our Lord and savior! George and I often talked about our blessings and how much we appreciated them all.

    So, one day, George says to me, “Dot, read this.”

    I did, and it was one of the most sincere letters I have ever read. This letter is addressed to everyone in the community. It reads:

  • NEIHOF: Goal-setting efforts paying off

    This BIG Goal was introduced to staff and students three years ago, a lofty goal with high expectations, intense monitoring, and consistent engagement.

    The focus never wavered. The hard work got harder. The efforts were never-ending.

    “Not all of my students are on grade level but by golly way more than the majority are,” is what Pam Pickens from Painted Stone Elementary said on the last day of school, June 4. “Setting that bar so high made us aim high, and it worked.”

  • MY WORD: This fight against cancer has incredible allies

    Every day is Cancer Awareness. Cancer is a 365-day, 24/7 kind of carnivore. It is not selecting on whom it will prey. My husband is a two-time survivor. When life is lived by simple pleasures, the enemy can attack. Life as you know it is forever changed. Attached is an open letter to Gary’s physician.

  • MY WORD: Remembering true spirit of Memorial Day

    In his address following the battle at Gettysburg, Kentucky native President Abraham Lincoln stated that we as Americans need “…to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced.”

  • MY WORD: Outlet mall would bring problems

    The editorial (“Outlet mall plan will test us all,” May 9) in The Sentinel-News (Shelby County’s local paper) about the proposed outlet mall in Simpsonville (The Outlet Shoppes of Louisville) already seems to support this development as “progress” and implores: “We have to avoid the tragedy of lost opportunity.” How is progress and opportunity defined by building this outlet mall?

  • MY WORD: Special idea from special sisters

    Kate Schaefer has won awards in art. Claire Schaefer has won awards in dance and beauty contests.

    They wish every student had the same opportunities, especially since Claire remembers only one time seeing children with special needs competing in a contest in which she participated.

    Their wish has come true because of their own efforts.

    These two sisters have worked out arrangements with the Shelby County Fair Board to have an art contest and a Miss Sensational Pageant for students identified with disabilities.

  • MY WORD: A new learning experience

    Recently I heard the phrase “the new norm” being tossed around. I cannot specifically remember to what it was in reference, but I started thinking about what Shelby County Public Schools will look like when we meet our Big Goals: all fifth-graders going to middle school on grade level, all middle-schoolers going to high school on grade level and all students graduating college and career ready.