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My Word

  • 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.

  • MY WORD: Why the Shelby County Public Library sought grant money

    As the executive director of the Shelby County Public Library, I must clarify some of the statements made concerning the library in the What We Think editorial (“Foundation needs to tweak program,” Nov. 27).

  • MY WORD: Leadership Shelby class amazed by county's industries

    The Leadership Shelby class visited local industrial centers as part of the comprehensive community education program. The group visited five businesses throughout the day and entertained a presentation by Ron Crouch from the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training.

    The group began the day with presentations by the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce and the Shelby County Industrial & Development Foundation. Class member Stacy Tipton expressed her amazement at the breadth of the Industrial Foundation’s interaction with the community.

  • MY WORD: Why isn’t Kentucky more business friendly?

    According to Laffer and Associates, the fastest-growing areas in the U.S. are Raleigh, N.C., Austin, Texas, Las Vegas, Nev., Orlando, Fla., Charlotte, N.C., Phoenix, Houston, San Antonio, and Dallas. All are low-tax, business friendly states. Areas such as Cleveland, Detroit, Buffalo, N.Y., Providence, R.I., and Rochester, N.Y., are among the highest population losers.

  • MY WORD: Parks could use your support

    Well as you know the end of 2013 is upon us, which means an end of another tax year. So who needs a tax deduction or would just like to give out of the goodness of their heart? Well, I have a great idea for you.

    How about a gift to the Shelby County Parks Foundation! A non-profit 501c3 local foundation that supports your parks and nothing else?

  • MY WORD: Why do we need a Fairness Ordinance?

    The Sentinel-News featured two articles from Jonna Priester, both on the  front page and opposite editorial page, that seem to show she is disappointed and doesn’t understand the reluctance of Pleasureville or any other city to embrace the “Fairness Ordinance” ("Fairness bid failes to get a 2nd," Nov. 6).

  • MY WORD: About the federal debt – and other stuff

    In the future columns, if I test the limits of the First Amendment and the latitude of this newspaper, I expect someone to slap my hand. I have, however, promised the publisher that I will not mention political parties, elected officials still in office or candidates for office.

    Last week we discussed some things that shaped my conservatism. Probably events during the Great Depression are most vivid.

  • MY WORD: The political, popular and moral case for restoration of voting rights

    Several weeks ago, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) made a statement at the Plymouth Community Renewal Center in Louisville regarding his support for the restoration of civil rights to felons who have completed their sentences, including the right to vote.  In a political climate rife with ugly partisanship and disagreement, this call for common-sense legislation aimed at removing unjust and immoral limitations on participatory self-government resonates with people across the ideological spectrum for several obvious reasons.

  • MY WORD: Why Kentucky needs a Farm Bill now

    This fall, Congress has an important opportunity to create jobs and grow the economy by passing a long-term, comprehensive Food, Farm and Jobs Bill. The Farm Bill impacts every American, every day by providing a wide range of programs that strengthen our nation.