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My Word

  • MY WORD: A life lesson about integration from 1956

    Many years ago, when I was 25 years old and working as a writer for the Henderson Gleaner and Journal, there was an outbreak of strife just before Labor Day in September of 1956.
    At first, the troubles began at Sturgis, a small town in Union County, which we considered as part of our circulation area, the tri-counties of Henderson, Union and Webster in western Kentucky. From our small staff, the first reporter who went over to Sturgis was a young man, Karl Christ, who then was serving mainly as our sports editor. We all did double-duty frequently in those days.

  • MY WORD: Let’s not misunderstand immigration

    I’d like to begin with Norma Cobb’s quote (“Illegal immigration problem,” Letters to the Editor, Feb. 9), which states, “Advocates of illegal aliens stretch, spin, twist, divert and distort their cases in every fashion and form conceivable.” First, according to bipartisan sources, the current undocumented population is 11.2 million (pewhispanic.org), which is far less than Ms. Cobb’s “spin,” which claims there are “20 million plus” illegal aliens.

  • MY WORD: From Shelby to Dubai: Not as scary as expected

    When I got the news we would be moving our family to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, admittedly, I first turned to a map. I knew Dubai was in the Middle East, however, when I discovered that the United Arab Emirates lies between Saudi Arabia, Oman and the Persian Gulf I was flooded with images of throngs of young men yelling “Allah Akhbar” in the streets right before some horrific explosion.

    So when it came time to board our plane in Atlanta, I saw Muslims, lots of them.

  • My WORD: A teen who turned it around

    When Marqees Duncan was in middle school, he knew what to expect when he stepped out the door of his house. He knew to expect trouble in his neighborhood in the form of fights, bad people, drug deals, smoking marijuana – “all the wrong things” is how he described the scenario.
    Now, thanks to his grandmother, staff at the Education Center @ Cropper and owners of the Bell House, Marqees said, “I did a whole 180 degrees; I am a whole other person.”

  • MY WORD: Calling a lie a lie is not suppressing speech or religious freedom

    Columnist Chuck Souder makes some wildly inaccurate claims (“The coming criminalization of Christianity: The Censorship of Hate,” Jan. 21) about the Southern Poverty Law Center’s recent designation of the Family Research Council and several other religious-right organizations as anti-gay hate groups. I would like to set the record straight.

  • MY WORD: Immigrants are people, no matter their status

  • MY WORD: About the sale, closing of Diagnostic Imaging

    I want to let the community know what really went on with the closing of Diagnostic Imaging Shelbyville.
    First of all, I would like you to know that I was employed by Jewish Hospital Shelbyville full time from approximately August 1994 to November 2006 and am very proud of that.
    My last position there was in the Radiology Department as radiology clerk/dark room assistant. I took pride in my job and made sure that all avenues were taken to make sure that the patients were treated in a manner in which I would want to be treated.

  • Neihof: All I want for Christmas is success stories like these

    The perfect gift from Santa Claus for me this year would be a box full of names of students are taking advantage of every resource so they can be successful in school. Students who typically make headlines are those who excel on test scores or in class as well as extracurricular activities. Their hard work throughout their academic career pays off consistently and they deserve those accolades.