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My Word

  • MY WORD: Democracy and alleged traitors of it

    I have been following with great interest how the United States government has approached three great embarrassments: Julian Assange, Bradley Manning, and Edward Snowden. No one disputes that what those men revealed was true. Yet Americans are divided (in what percentages, I do not know) as to whether these are traitors or heroes.

  • MY WORD: Churches need help with health-care changes

    Health-care exchanges created under the Affordable Care Act take effect Jan. 1 of next year, but a key group will be left out of important premium tax credits if a bill introduced last week in the Senate isn’t enacted.

  • MY WORD: A shameful lack of vision

    In 2008, when Barack Obama was elected, I have to admit I was a bit unsure but also enthusiastic. After all, exhausted with the Bush presidency, how could I not be excited about our first African-American president? John McCain, outstanding American and war hero notwithstanding, was not a leader I could or would rally around anyway. I did not vote in 2008. but once Obama was elected, I was glad in a way for a change and anxious to see what fresh leadership he would bring.

  • MY WORD: Leadership class walks a few steps of Shelby's history

    You may wonder what a cemetery, theater and pet portraits have to do with one another. The answer is Arts & History Day – one of Leadership Shelby Class of 2013’s spring outings. The goal of the day’s activities was to acquaint us with the community resources for art and to provide an understanding of Shelby County’s history.

  • MY WORD: Check the facts on climate change
  • MY WORD: A poisonous attack about global warming

    I have been publicly attacked by Rudy M. Wiesemann, whose paycheck has always been provided by the chemical industry, just in case you haven't already figured that out (My Word, “No need to save the planet,” May 1).

  • MY WORD: Some thoughts on the Moore Tornado

    “Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what's going to happen next.”Gilda Radner

    The tornado that struck Moore, Okla., -- and those that followed in other nearby towns – remind us again that life is uncertain. I find it nearly impossible to comprehend the pain and loss those people are enduring today, especially the parents of the lost children.

  • MY WORD: Shelby County needs a Fairness ordinance

    Dozens of Shelbyville residents crowded our city hall last November calling on Mayor Tom Hardesty and the city council to consider passage of a simple, anti-discrimination fairness ordinance. The proposed law would prohibit discrimination in employment, housing or public accommodations based upon a person's actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age (over 40), disability, familial status, sexual orientation or gender identity.

  • MY WORD: About those climate issues

    If Rudy Wiesemann was vying for the irony award with his My Word ("No need to save the planet,” May 1), he should win it hands down. Because after grandly stating that he could not let "unreferenced misstatements go unrefuted," and that he "prefer[s] to rely on facts to expose errors, myths, [and] mistakes," he then proceeds to lay out paragraph after paragraph of unreferenced misstatements, logical errors, easily debunked myths and outright mistakes.

  • MY WORD: Thank you to a legend of Shelby County

    Give me a “S.” Give me a “C.” Hip, Hip, Hooray, Shelby County!

    We’ve learned that Shelby County’s most exuberant, tireless and faithful cheerleader has announced her retirement. Shelby County’s strongest advocate, Duanne Puckett, is retiring this month from her role as Public Relations Coordinator for Shelby County Public Schools.  Leaving the role of the face and often the handshake of Shelby County’s education system marks the close of just one chapter in Duanne’s lifetime of service to this community.