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My Word

  • MY WORD/Ryan Quarles, Commissioner of Agriculture: Farm to School is a win-win for farmers, students

    October is Farm To School month, and here in Kentucky we have plenty of reasons to celebrate.

    Our hard-working Kentucky Department of Agriculture staff has recruited 907 schools in 77 school districts to participate in our Farm To School program. Some school districts are the largest food procurers in each county, so this program provides many benefits to Kentucky farmers and students alike.

  • MY WORD/Suart Sanders, KHS History Advocate: Communities, historic sites, focus on diversity, inclusion

    Civil Rights activist Marcus Garvey once said, “A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.”

    Were Garvey alive today, he would likely commend the efforts of several Kentucky communities that are allowing those roots to flourish.

    From Russellville to Lexington and points beyond, our communities are telling more diverse stories about our past, even when that history is difficult.

  • MY WORD/Gordon Rauch: Bland would have been better

    In response to the letter to the editor “You all come!” by Ken Pratt (page A4 in the Aug. 29 issue of The Sentinel-News], I was wondering what was the worth of putting such a pointless letter in The Sentinel-News?

    It’s so easy to just throw pot shots. It takes an effort to consider the other point of view and respect the person who holds it. To me “You all come!” is a perfect example of what happens when opinions become set in concrete, minds get turned off and we just set out to ridicule.

  • MY WORD/Jim Ellis: Best use of agricultural lands

    Over a period of time at meetings of the Triple S Planning Commission, there have been two statements made that are incorrect concerning residential development in the farmland of Shelby County.

    One is that “one acre tracts on septic tanks save farmland when compared to five acre tracts.” One has only to look at other counties to see that this is not true. Oldham County has a one-acre minimum lot size on septic tanks. From 1950 through 2012, Oldham County lost 44.4 percent of its farmland.

  • MY WORD/Ken Pratt: Let me tell you a story

    Do you know how to tell the difference between a fairy tale and a lie? A fairy tale starts out, “Once upon a time…” and a lie starts out, “This is the truth, no BS…”

  • MY WORD: 2018 – The year Shelby County turns red

    In Oct. 2010, The Sentinel-News published my letter entitled “GOP Surges Past 10,000.” To summarize, I provided a brief history of the demographics of both population and voter registration of Shelby County since 1982.

    I also predicted “it’s not unreasonable to envision the two parties flipping before the end of this decade.” That flip from Democrat to Republican majority in Shelby County will occur in 2018.

  • MY WORD: The reward is a sense of community... belonging

    “Good Land, Good Living, Good People” is Shelby County’s motto. I know that motto is at least 60 years old, and, I believe, the late Briggs Lawson originated it.

    My apologies if I have the attribution wrong, and many thanks to the person(s) who will soon set me straight if I do.

    I do know the former marketing specialist, civic leader and haberdasher used the slogan in his ads and letters about this community he loved and held such great pride in.

  • MY WORD: National Hospice Month: Attention to a growing demand for care management

    Every day, 10,000 baby boomers turn 65 years old, and up to 85 percent of them are living with at least one serious illness.

    That translates to millions of adults living with chronic diseases that may shorten their life expectancy and dramatically impact their quality of life.

    Without a coordinated care plan, many patients are caught in the revolving door of emergency rooms and doctors’ offices, incurring millions of dollars in unnecessary health care costs, not to mention creating needless stress for both patients and their family caregivers.

  • MY WORD: Continue the commitment to the state pension programs

    Recently, a Facebook group commemorated the life of my high school homeroom teacher. She welcomed groups of teenagers for years at SCHS.

    I remember going to her when I had clothing that was dysfunctional and needed safety pins or a needle and thread. She often baked cookies for her homeroom and always had a smile. The comments beneath the obituary came from generations of people who had warm thoughts and sincere empathy for her family.

  • MY WORD: One take on how taxes work