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My Word

  • MY WORD: Budget cuts hollowing out court system

    As chief justice, I find it disheartening that I can no longer assure you that the courts in Kentucky will be open when you need them. For the first time in modern history, we will have to close every courthouse in the state to balance the Judicial Branch budget.

  • MY WORD: Let’s be clear about health-care problem

    Last week in The Sentinel-News, there were many responses to the health-care debate, telling us all about the health-care reform and why it must be defeated. As one who knows health care intimately and at its most basic level, let me give you the reasons it must/should be implemented.

  • MY WORD: A student who learned her lessons

    There is nothing routine about people who save lives. We call them "heroes." Whitney M. Young Job Corps students and staff give on a regular basis the gift of life via their Red Cross Blood Drive, hosted by the Student Government Association.  If you, a family member or friend ever needed a blood transfusion, then you understand every pint of blood counts. The students enjoy giving blood and helping their neighbor. 

  • 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.”