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14 - June 27, 2013 Your Hometown Newspaper News Outlook I Letter to the Editor, Dr. Cornel West once said, "Youl can not have a deodorized~ disinfected, sanitized discourse. If that's all you h~e, you will never now the ~th~~ Dr. West was speakingmithin the context of public discourse allowing dif- fering points of view in order to find the truth, and allowing the oppressed and suffering an opportunity to air their grievances without fear of ret- ribution. We should never fear differing opinions, or other points of view. As our Lord reminds us in the wisdom literature, "Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of coun- selors they are established." (Proverbs 15:22) Some of the world's greatest leaders have sur- rounded themselves not only with those who often agreed with them, but they added the counsel of those who dis- agreed and shared a differing philosophy.: ::Suqh wise dis- course all~:~the opportunity for aspects bf=a situation to be brought to light that might not otherwise have been con- sidered. For this very purpose it is always in the public's best interest to never stifle a differ- ing opinion or solution. Rath- er, they should listen carefully and respectfully to each other, and seek the truth and com- mon good of any situation. Our problem with such a notion is that sin has left us plagued with pride and an egocentric nature that wants constant approval. We close our minds to differing opinions, and view those who disagree with us as enemies. We surround ourselves with only those who support our world view, and we thwart any attempt for an opposing view to be held seriously. From there everything deteriorates. Lines are drawn in the sand, personal assaults on the oppo- sition's character begin, and we view '~arfare" as the only means of setting the dispute. Whether it is friendships, fam- ilies, communities, or even na- tions, we can see this pattern throughout human history. I came to Menifee County in August of 2002. I absolutely fell in love with the people. Whether it be the dear friendships I've made at Frank Brown's Wood Shop, the amazing fellowship I've discovered with the Chris- tians in the community, or the fantastic opportunities I've had to serve the commu- nity through 4-H programs and coaching an after school club, I've come to call this little county my home. I love the people of Menifee County, and my heart's desire iS to "It was a collective effort of serve them in whatever way might best meet their needs, and glorify my Lord. Last year aftel: the tornado I went to the High School and just started carry- ing in donations. I didn't really talk to anyone. No one was really talking. Vehicles were pulling in at a steady pace, and volunteers were thanking them for their donations and carrying the items inside. I spent several days there. Over the course of those fe~ days I saw Mickey Little exhaust himself in an organizational capacity. I became friends with, and experienced an in- credible display of selfless leadership by people like Tif- fany Anderson who worked tirelessly during our efforts. I could mention so many oth- ers, but brevity prevents such an effort, and the list could not be contained in print. We were a community united. Af- ter attending a meeting at the Court House to discuss the best courses of action I saw individuals from the school system, state, county, and city government, emergency response units, the police department, churches, and other organization coming together to express different needs, different views, and offering their various skills. various opinions and skill sets with the common goal of help- hag those in need. It was amaz- ing, and made me so proud to be a part of this community. I will now turn my attention to the proverbial el- ephant in the room: the Me- nifee County school system. Differing opinions are not the enemy of great leadership; they are the fabric from which it is woven. But when those differing opinions forget their ultimate goal, then the discourse fails and the slip- pery slope to warfare begins. Character assault, viewing op- posing views to problems as the hate speech of the enemy, and a close minded approach to any dissenting view begins. -In the midst of this warfare, the common goal of those involved becomes secondary to victory over the opponent. Perhaps we all need to take a step back, a deep breath, and remember that our goal through our educational sys- tem is to offer the very best opportunities for success to our children. Only when there is a common goal can there be any form of compromise or open discourse. I tend to speak only of those people and situations to which I am personally ac- quainted. Several years ago Principle Brenda Warren and I discussed starting an after school club, and shortly there- after we were starting things off. The interesting thing about Brenda and l, is that we have had disagreements over the club but at the end of the day we have always come to- gether and worked to produce the best environment for the children involved. As a result we have been able to work to- gether, and literally make his- tory as the very first school in the state of Kentueky to offer the combat sports program to a high school. These boys and girls have had a chance to work hands on with some of the most famous profes- sional athletes in sDorts today, and it has been an absolutely remarkable success. Brenda and I were able to work so well together because we hold a common philosophy that we want the very best for these children. My heart is break- ing for my community right now. Friendships have been shaken, relationships torn, and a community has been divided. I would again appeal to the wisdom writer who re- minds us in Proverbs 21:2, "Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the LORD pondereth the hearts." Per- haps it's time we ask the Lord to ponder our hearts, remove the roots of bitterness that are growing, and refresh our dis- course with a common bond of working together to do what is best for the future suc- cess of our children. Unless all age willing to set aside the mentality of "our team win- ning," and work together for the common good of the stu- dents entrusted to their care, then chaos, bitterness, angry outbursts, character assassi- nations, and an even deeper wedge will be the result. Yesterday someone asked me, "What side are you on?" What a very sad question. When it comes to the education of our children we should all be on the same team. "I'm here for the kids," should not be empty mantra chanted over and over as the crutch to support our insis- tent disagreement with "the other side." It should be the common bond that brings all parties together to respect- fully and carefully consider their differences, and attempt to work together for the good of the children, the families, and the community involved. Let us all remem- ber the words of the Apostle Paul to the Church at Thes- salonica, "Be at peace among yourselves." Joey Rogers I I ~liii!!~iiiii!i!iiii!i:!i~!~!i: photo by Cecil Lawson Menifee County Adult Education proudly held a graduation ceremony Sunday after- noon at the Clark Energy Community Center Building for 24 of their students who have passed the GED exam over the past school year. Program Director Pam Branam and teacher Amy Cole praised their students' hard work and perseverance. Guest speaker Grant Sorrell talked about his own roundabout journey from farmer's son to college graduate to his current job as case worker for the Dept. of Family and Child :Services. Present for the graduation was Rita Adkins; Ron Barnhart, Jr.; Amanda Birchwell; Elizabeth ~Blalock; Eddie Crump; Lisa Dennis; Ronnie Helton; Michelle Huff; Johnny Johnson; Tonya Leach; Michael Ratliff; Cleta Sexton; James Welch; Diana Williams; and Cody Willoughby. Those not present but also graduating were Matt Brown; Whitney Collingsworth; Casey Cox, Erika Davis, Michelle Huff, Johnny Johnson, Joey King, David Lewis, Belinda Smith, and Brittany Welch. Fourth of July fireworks will be held in Frenchburg on Thursda July 4th. The music will begin around 7:30. The Chamber of Corn- merce will have their dollar deal again this yearl You can buy a hot dog, chips and ;z can of soda for a $1.00. We will start selling about 7pm. So bring your family for supper, listen to music, and watch the fireworks around 10pro. submitted by J. D. Trimble As the Bluegrass State Games start again, this will be the first of several articles about Menifee County 3-on-3 basketball and the Bluegrass State Games held in Lexington, Kentucky. As Principal at Menifee County High School, I (James D. Trimble) was asked to be Chairperson for Menifee County. All 120 counties were invited to participate in some sporting event. We decided to enter the 3-on-3 basketball tournament. A team was allowed five members on this roster. Our team division was age 40 and old and under 6 feet in height. We called ourselves "The Menifee County H~s-Beensql Back row, Roy Dale Wynn, Billy Jones; front row, Dennis Harper, Coach Jarrod Jones (13 years old), James D. Trimble. Our philosophy for winning was very simple: Dennis or Billy took the ball out and played defense; James shot the ball and Roy Dale rebounded the opposite side. Out of the ten teams in our division, we came in 1st place and brought home the Gold Medal in 1989. Next week's article will be on the 1990 Bluegrass State Games. OOO C obert on Countp ff{erturp . ews Only with the