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My Word

  • MY WORD: Our decisions can perplex

    We received the Greater Louisville Yellow Book for 2014 recently. It was noticeably smaller than the 2013 edition. The print seemed the same size. The Yellow Pages were down to 687 pages from 1.137 in 2013…..a 40 percent drop. The white page, were down to 263 pages from 366 in 2013….a 28 percent drop.

    I’m not sure I know what this means. My first thought was that this many businesses ceased to exist. Then I thought, no, there would have to be a few new ones during that period, so the news is even worse.

  • OUR WORD: In defense of Judge Myles

    We read with great interest the opinion piece in last week's paper regarding Family Court Judge John David Myles (“Judging a judge,” My Word, Feb. 12). The portrayal of Judge Myles could not be further from our experience with him and his court.

    Judge Myles was always prepared, professional and fair to all who appeared before him. He is a passionate advocate for children, education and families. Add to that a loyal friend, devoted husband and hard worker.

  • MY WORD: Being educated about education

    On Jan. 15, the Leadership Shelby 2014 class focused on educational opportunities in Shelby County.

    The trip, arranged by class members Ryan Allan and Tommy Hurt, started at the Shelby County Board of Education and took us to Shelby County High School, Collins High School, East Middle School, Wright Elementary School, Cornerstone Christian Academy and Jefferson Community and Technical College’s Shelby Campus.

  • MY WORD: You aren’t entitled to wealth

    We hear and read something every day what a 1920s song had to say about the distribution of wealth: “The rich get richer and the poor get poorer.”

    There’s another one from that era with a lyric that says “It ain’t necessarily so.”

    I remember a quote from Lee Nor Mack, a former city council member at the ribbon cutting of the housing project in West Shelbyville. Someone said to Mr. Mack, “This is a great thing for your people isn’t it?” which was the most politically incorrect thing to say.

  • MY WORD: We need to judge this judge

    The day is finally here. Ever since Judge John David Myles was first elected to take the bench of the Family Court Division of the 53rd Judicial Circuit in November 2006, I have waited to write this letter. He has recently announced that he will seek a second term in the next election.

  • MY WORD: Our food system does provide
  • MY WORD: Waging a minimal bit of opposition

    I am adamantly opposed to a minimum-wage imposed by any level of government. Period. It has nothing to do with common sense and all to do with sounding good in the media. I also believe very strongly there is no excuse for anyone in the U.S.A. ever going hungry or without a roof over their head or a bed in which to sleep. I believe in helping people help themselves. I do not believe in subsidizing the bad habits of people who refuse to help themselves.

  • MY WORD: ‘Greatest snow of the age’

    In 1971, Ben Allen Thomas Sr. brought his father’s diary to me at The Shelby News’ office, which at the time was located where Sixth and Main Coffeehouse is today. The fragile and well-worn ledger was becoming illegible, and “Mr. Ben Allen” (as I fondly called him) wanted me to type the pages so he could read them easier.

    I was fascinated. I was intrigued with the daily accounts of livestock and crops. I was amazed such a document still existed, because pages dated back to 1863.

  • MY WORD: Shelby County's trash facility is needed

    Our local newspaper has had a negative approach in its reporting of several issues that relate to special taxing districts – especially the 109 Solid Waste Board.

    I have a background in environmental protection issues having spent over 20 years working for the Office of General Counsel of the Energy and Environmental Cabinet as an environmental enforcement specialist and paralegal. My opinion regarding the Shelby County 109 Solid Waste Board is opposite that of our local newspaper.

  • MY WORD: Fixes for some of our problems

    The interest on the national debt is about 2 percent or $340 billion, a mere drop in the bucket for our spendthrift Congress. The stock market goes up and down based on rumors about what the Fed is going to do about interest rates.

    If the rationale is that keeping interest rates low will force conservative investors away from government bids and AAA-rated corporate bonds, I then do agree. The problem is we’ve been doing this for years, plus buying back our bonds with money we do not have, and it hasn’t changed anything.