My Word

  • 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.

  • MY WORD: Ponies, Handkerchiefs and Cheerios

    There’s a running commercial for a credit card company that asks the question, “What’s in your wallet?” The implication of the question is that the credit card you choose to carry says something significant about you.

    Of course, the intention of the ad is to convince us that a discerning individual wants to make sure they are carrying this company’s credit card.  Though I do not completely buy the sales pitch of this commercial, I have come to realize that what we choose to carry through our daily life says something about us.

  • MY WORD: The price of success

    This is from an article in the Wall St. Journal on July 19 entitled “This Way Up” featuring 18-year-old Dakota Blazier who will forgo a college degree in favor of a blue-collar career. He will join the 70 percent of Americans 25-and-older without college degrees.

  • MY WORD: Teaching, and learning, conservatism

    Periodically Hillsdale College in Michigan sends me a new letter containing a speech recently given to the student body, and a request for funds.

    Once or twice a year I reply with a modest gift because I whole-heartedly believe with what they are trying to do – teaching conservatism.

    It is not done surreptitiously; students and parents know this is going on. At my alma mater there was only one economic theory discussed and that was Keynesian as espoused by Samuelsson – never a word about Adam Smith, Burke, or Rose and Milton Freidman. 

  • MY WORD: Cautions against court-led legislation
  • MY WORD: Focusing on a commonsense approach

    Several months, an otherwise pleasant evening was suddenly ruined when I stepped onto wet carpet in the basement of our home. Heavy rains had put our sump pump to the test and it finally failed. The water rose and soon our entire basement was in danger of being soaked.

  • MY WORD: Why secular invocation is important