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My Word

  • MY WORD: Cutting Medicaid is no place to start with state budget

    I am writing to express my disappointment in local politicians for supporting the proposed 35 percent, across-the-boards reduction in Kentucky Medicaid services. Do they fully understand the impact this would have on our most frail and vulnerable population?

  • MY WORD: Let's get our government's attention

    Could someone please explain to me what is going on in this country? America has got it backwards. It is not the people who offer only their opinion and sit behind a desk and make decisions that make this country great. It is the people who have produced everything you see and use that make this country great.

  • MY WORD: New academic policies at confict

    The graduating class of Collins High School learned this week that all graduates will be seated in alphabetical order, breaking the longstanding Shelby County tradition of honoring the top-ranked graduates by seating them on the front rows at graduation. I am writing to lament the way our schools have watered down the recognition of students who excel in academics.

  • MY WORD: Sen. Paul has it right on education

    Ms. Zion’s letter (“Sen. Paul’s view on education,” letters, March 16) about Sen. Paul’s view of the Department of Education illustrates what has gone wrong with government in this country.
    Most people recognize that government has grown too large, over reached its constitutional authority and spent too much money. Yet a segment of our population still seems to believe that government is the answer to any and all problems.
    Those people criticize anyone who take a stand to change the current state of government.

  • MY WORD: Annapolis appointment fulfills dream

    From the halls of Shelby County High School...to the shores of who knows where.

    That is what Brandon Thompson is humming these days as the 2011 graduate has been accepted into the U.S. Naval Academy, fulfilling his dream of becoming a Marine.

    That dream started when, as a child, he watched military movies and documentary films about war with his grandfather.

    That dream became even more clear when retired Maj. Art Edinger showed a film about the Naval Academy to the Junior Marine Corps ROTC at SCHS when Brandon was a freshman.

  • 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.