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My Word

  • MY WORD: 2 men whose lives spoke for them

    Two men died recently who were a credit to their families, their community and their country.

    I recall a defining moment about each man, one of which I witnessed and the other that was related to me.

    Roy Lyons was an easy man to know. He loved to play golf, visit with friends at the local coffee cup and attend the Upper Room Bible class. He also taught Sunday school at one time. But what I remember most about him was his service to this nation as a highly decorated U. S. Marine.

  • MY WORD: For the ink-stained, this is wretched

    I was first paid for my writing when I was 13 years old. The Shelby Newsadvertised for "correspondents" to cover activities at the eight local junior high schools. Because the major activities were sports-related, a phone call and my immediate hiring became an introduction to the world of print journalism.

    It was the best call I ever made, not only because I would be paid the princely sum of 10 cents for every column inch of information I contributed, but it set me off on a career path that continues a half-century to this day.

  • 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: 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: 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: This is what the Bible really says
  • 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.