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My Word

  • MY WORD: A simple act of kindness makes family’s day

    Tonight my family experienced the most beautiful form of humbleness in an act so simple yet so grand I cant stop smiling about it even now, hours later.

    I have come to a point in my life where I can no longer bear to watch the news anymore, so much destruction, so much hate, so many bad things happening, it just makes me sad and gives me a sense of defeat for our world. 

    So my husband and I decided we had to share our experience tonight [Sunday], to remind others, including ourselves, of the good that still remains.

  • MY WORD: Southside left mark on college administrator

    When Mitchell Howard Payne entered Southside Elementary in 1957 as a second-grader, he was among the first blacks to integrate the Shelbyville school system.

    I usually sat or lined up beside him because students were often in alphabetical order in those days. That was a blessing because we have remained friends all these many years. When the 1957 building was demolished over the summer, we reflected on our experiences.

  • MY WORD: A revisionist’s look at history

    The book “Our Founding Brotherhood” is about six men who were the moving spirit of the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights and our Constitution. They decided that the issue of slavery should not even be put on the table. They were right. I’m convinced they knew in their hearts slavery was doomed because it was morally wrong and it made no economic sense. Adam Smith pointed this out in 1750, but they would never have gotten it passed with slavery an issue.

  • MY WORD: A dangerous mix

    In one of his presentations to the [Shelbyville] City Council on the issue of prayer in government, Rich Lane warned of the slippery slope that always lurks nearby when religion and government mix.

    The city council meeting on August 7th was an absolute prime example of Mr. Lane’s warning.

  • MY WORD: No Justice! No Peace!

    People around the world have been chanting “No Justice, No Peace” after Michael Brown was executed by Officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, MO. 

    I myself have been chanting “No Justice, No Peace” throughout the streets of Ferguson.  We want justice, but how do we get it?    The evident incompetence of the local police, mayor, and governor has made it impossible to keep the peace.  Protesters continue to march and the media continues to make revisions to their stories of what actually took place rather than the truth. 

  • MY WORD: Fairness Ordinance would be unfair

    After reading Pastor [Dave] Charlton’s column [The inevitability of a Fairness Ordinance, Aug. 15 in the Faith section] it appears many Christians would disagree with the Pastor.

    While we agree that no citizen of this nation should be discriminated against for their lifestyles, in most situations, this ordinance or law would bring many other factors into being that is unfavorable.

  • MY WORD: Simplifying government

    Joseph Ellis in his book “Founding Brothers” nailed it when he said, “It seems safe to say that some sort of representative government based on the principle of popular sovereignty and some form of market economy fueled by the energies of individual citizens have become the commonly accepted ingredients for natural success throughout the world.”

    How more succinctly could he put it? What is so hard to understand? What is wrong with being FREE to choose your own destiny?

  • MY WORD: Making sense of unemployment

    In the April edition of Readers Digest there is an article by David Brooks, an op-ed columnist for the New York Times entitled “The Stem and the Flower.”

  • MY WORD: Concerned for animal rights

    I would like to thank Linda Ethington for her compassionate letter (Animal Rights, Page A4, July 16) concerning the plight of chained dogs, and to let her know that there are people fighting for this cause.

    On July 28th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Dogs Deserve Better (DDB) founder Tamira Thayne chained herself to a doghouse on the Capitol steps in Frankfort to bring attention to the plight of chained and penned dogs. Representatives from Speak Out and Rescue (SOAR) and the Franklin County Humane Society joined her.

  • MY WORD: Confused by confusion at JHS

    A recent encounter with some local medical professionals has left me wondering how, and why, there is a facility in Shelbyville known as a “hospital.”  After dealing with my father’s passing in January 2014, my mother had two questionable mammograms this spring, which lead her doctor to prescribe a needle biopsy, or a stereotactic biopsy.  The procedure was scheduled for June 23, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. at Shelbyville’s Jewish Hospital.