My Word

  • MY WORD: The decline of the youth vote

    Throughout the country young people are staying at home on Election Day.  It is a problem everywhere and it is a problem that I have tried to rectify here locally to no success.  
    Through both of my campaigns in 2010 and 2014 I have reached out to young voters and have failed miserably to get them to the polls.

  • MY WORD: A good guy is out of the lineup

    On a typical afternoon in 2013, I was sitting in my office as editor of The Sentinel-News when I was paged to the lobby, where I had “a visitor.” I arose and headed up front, expecting to be handed a photo of a large vegetable or prodigal grandchild or hear a scold from a would-be felon’s offspring.

    What I found was a face from my youth and a surge of warmth in my heart.

  • LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: Food and Farm Freedom – Open markets to small farms and producers

    In 2011, federal agents launched a sting operation on an Amish farmer. Prof. Baylen J. Linnekin provides details of the raid:

    “Federal agents watched the home closely for a year, gathering evidence. Then, in a pre-dawn raid, armed members from three agencies swooped in.

  • MY WORD: A shifting change in our culture

    In a simple web search, I’ve found some startling statistics:

    (l) In 1960 about 5 percent of births in the United States were to unmarried mothers; in 2014 that percentage was 42 percent.

    (2) In 1960 no one was receiving food stamps; in 2014 about 45 million families receive food stamps.

    (3) In 1960 about 60 percent of adults in America were attending church regularly; in 2014 that percentage was 21 percent; from 2000 to 2010 for each 1,000 churches that started up in the United States, 4,000 closed.

  • MY WORD: It’s time to deal with drugs

    The front page of Aug. 18 edition of The Louisville Courie-Journal had some disturbing news.

    Overdose deaths went up only slightly from last year, but the surge from the year before was 91 percent.

    Too much to ignore.

    The article went on to say we are going to make a typical Liberal response: Let’s throw $5 million at it and maybe it will go away.

  • MY WORD: The issues with redefining marriage

    The United States Supreme Court decision, Obergefell v. Hodges, redefines marriage to include same-sex unions and gives privileged legal status to such unions. The opinion is legally and logically unsound, and its future impact is dangerous in several ways. A theological discussion is also necessary because homosexual “rights” have now been elevated over religious freedom.

    Legal Analysis.

  • MY WORD: A lifetime of learning

    To the Community of Shelbyville:

    I am Noemi Mauro, exchange student from Italy, and I have been living here for the last 10 months. It is almost time for me to go back but before doing so I would like to take this opportunity to share how thankful I am for my time here. Shelbyville is a community that has a lot to give, and I have had the joy and pleasure to receive it.

  • MY WORD: A restaurant tax could benefit our parks system

    I write this letter wearing two hats, one as the Director of Parks and Recreation and another as a citizen of Shelby County.

    As the topic of a restaurant tax has arisen, I have heard different points of view in favor of the restaurant tax and points of view against it. I may not have all the exact details or know how it will affect everyone, but I do support the restaurant tax for many reasons.

  • MY WORD: Tourism helps local economy to the tune of about $59 million

    With its beautiful Saddlebred horse farm tours, iconic and varied restaurants and outstanding shopping venues, Shelbyville, Simpsonville and Shelby County give visitors many reasons to visit our community, known for its small-town charm and world-class equestrian events.

    The role of the ShelbyKY Tourism Commission & Visitors Bureau is to encourage guests to stay overnight and visit our restaurants, shops and attractions. With National Travel and Tourism Week underway May 2 to 10, it is a good time to look at the role of tourism and its economic impact on our community.

  • MY WORD: Avoiding tax, finding Right To Work and tort reform

    My apologies for the clumsy paragraph in the March 11 column “Avoiding tax while revitalizing with private money.” The clarification by the editor didn’t reflect my feelings about these two projects, one of which is a done deal—the $500,000 “gift” for the Blue Gables project.