Voting is what makes 'this land,' government ours
"This land is your land. This land is my land." Those words, written in 1940 by Woody Guthrie, imply more than this is our land.
Possession always involves responsibility. We have a precious and unique possession, and that possession involves a significant privilege that may be called a serious responsibility.
In a time of great turmoil, the people of the 13 original colonies acted decisively to deal with a serious situation.
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"In order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty" for themselves and those of us who are their posterity, they did "ordain and establish the Constitution of the United States of America."
That constitution established, as Abraham Lincoln said on Nov. 19, 1863, in his address at Gettysburg, a government "of the people, by the people, for the people."
Therefore, government officials are elected by the citizens, and they serve at the will of the citizens.
Those officials are accountable to the citizens and may be re-elected or removed from office by the citizens. The will of the people, expressed by vote, is supreme.
Today, citizens of this land will vote. This is a great privilege, but it is also a demanding responsibility upon which the future of the nation depends.
I was a bit confused when I read an article about Fayette County Public Schools' proposed program for high school students.
The crux of the story is this new idea to partner with the University of Kentucky and allow some students to attend classes at UK and possibly gain up to 45 credit hours toward college.
But a program already exists in FCPS that does this and more.
Opportunity Middle College is a program in its fourth year in Fayette County. FCPS partnered with Bluegrass Community and Technical College for juniors and seniors to attend school at BCTC and to potentially earn associate degrees upon graduation.
Students maintain their affiliation with the home schools but attend all their high school and college classes at BCTC.
OPM targets first-generation students, low-income students and minority students, but anyone can apply for enrollment. Enrollment has grown every year, with one student already earning 51 credit hours. That compares to the 45 hours in the UK proposal.
OPM is an excellent opportunity for our kids, is established and successful.
I have to wonder why FCPS would want to begin another like program partnered with UK instead of promoting and expanding a proven successful program that is already in place, and why the Herald-Leader would fail to mention OPM in its original story.
I want to thank all the kind people who helped me on Oct. 1 following my car accident on Redding Road in Lexington, in front of the Lexington Tennis Club.
My special thanks to the woman with the blond ponytail who let me sit in her van until my friend came.
Lexingtonians are wonderful people, and I will always think of you with gratitude.
Bryan Station slighted
I was under the impression that all Fayette County schools' sports are newsworthy.
However, once again, Bryan Station High School's football team was given a minuscule reference Oct. 27, with no accompanying pictures of that game. There were pictures of Lexington Catholic.
Not to mention that the Herald-Leader didn't even mention that 15 seniors were playing their last regular-season game and that they and their parents braved the inclement weather so they could be honored prior to the kickoff.
Let's see if I recall this correctly, was not Henry Clay's Senior Night commemorated in the newspaper? Yes, indeed, it was. Oh, well, onto the next.
Congratulations to Bryan Station High School's football team on your win and to the seniors, most of whom played all four years.
Good luck to all in your future endeavors. There are many who are proud of you.
Zoning away rights
I find it very odd that so many folks are supporting taking my property rights by designating Ashland Park a historic district. There is no other zoning change done without the owner's approval.
This H-1 change is a zone change after the property has been purchased, unlike subdivision restrictions.
Many who support this change are not having their rights taken but support the taking of mine.
I just found out something interesting. I can vote, get on an airplane and verify who I am with my Kentucky state-issued driver's license.
However, it's not good enough to change an address with Fayette County Public Schools.
I have to bring in a utility bill or a lease proving my residency. Lease forms can be downloaded from the Internet, utility bills can be scanned and edited, but it is a little more difficult to forge a license.
The schools can tax me to death to get their money without my permission, and a state-issued ID isn't good enough.
What's this country coming to?
Good thing the post office is forwarding my mail.
The real sports stars
Our talented marching bands in all our high schools provide the highest level of entertainment to patrons at all sports events.
If you do not attend the football games and witness their outstanding performances, then you need to do so.
These musically talented kids work harder than the football stars. They practice for three hours or more every day, and I challenge anyone to try to duplicate their intricate moves.
Not only do they perform at games, they also compete with each other at various locations.
I appeal to you to give these wonderful kids some recognition.
Walter C. Cox Jr.
A heavenly view
Realizing "what eye has not seen, and ear has not heard, and what has not entered the human heart, what God has prepared for those who love him" (I Corinthians 2:9), this is what I think heaven is like, in response to the Oct. 27 Life+Faith examination of "what is heaven":
Heaven is a place where we all go after death.
It is like the relationship that my body has with my soul, "the real me."
Presently, "the real me" dwells in my earthly body.
When I die, "the real me" now lives and dwells with God, with all the other people and with the entire cosmos. Heaven is happiness and lasts forever and with God himself.
The Rev. Lawrence W. Hehman