Awareness needed for rare disease
My 3-year-old daughter, Avery, has a rare condition known as arthrogryposis multiplex congenita, or AMC for short. AMC is a condition in which multiple joint contractures affect the limbs. It is not progressive, but requires daily therapy, stretching, and splinting and usually requires surgery.
AMC only affects about one in 3,000 children and approximately half of those do not live past their first year. The biggest struggle as the parent of a special needs child is not her struggles, but the lack of awareness of her condition and the resulting comments and stares.
June 30 is Arthrogryposis Awareness Day and we would like to spread awareness of it in an attempt to make our lives and those of all the other people touched by AMC a little better. Our little circle of friends, family and co-workers has been great the last couple of years about wearing blue on June 30, but now it's time to take it to the next level. Help us get out the word on AMC.
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Glossy downtown ideas a waste
Here we go again with your editorial board believing glossy, architectural renderings and delusions for raising Town Branch that are better than drug-induced hallucinations.
And to suggest the price is right because funding isn't taken directly out of citizens' pocketbooks is another delusional business plan.
By the way, who profits with property values going up?
Have all the sewer systems been disconnected or leaks fixed from sewers in Chevy Chase and other Town Branch tributaries?
Will there be a campaign to destroy all the rain barrels of well-intentioned home-owners on the east end of town to provide enough water down the creek?
Are we going to purchase water from Kentucky American, which already cost us huge amounts by not collecting sewer fees, and for a pipeline and unneeded treatment plant in Owen County?
Why not spend money on other neighborhood streams through Fayette County to be enjoyed by all?
And how about spending $75 million to recreate Union Terminal downtown instead? Or reconstruct rail passage back through the Herald-Leader to the dead-end tracks entering your building?
Recently, a former council member suggested sucker fish in the water areas, like the suckers buying this idea.
Want more glossy architectural renderings of more interesting delusional ideas?
Check out Allison Ball
I was happy to see Allison Ball win a tough three-person primary for the Republican nomination for state treasurer. While her opponents were fine gentlemen, Ball is a very spirited young lady from the mountains of Eastern Kentucky and as sharp as she is driven. A graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Law and former assistant Floyd County attorney, she is more than capable and will work hard for all Kentuckians.
I've known Ball for over a year and her concerns for the people of Kentucky run deep. She has traveled our great state from Paducah to Pikeville, and will be meeting even more folks and listening to what matters to us.
Other races will get a lot of attention this year, but I hope you take the opportunity to find out more about a true rising star in Kentucky. Please take a moment to check: www.ballforkentucky.com to learn more about my friend Allison Ball.
Warn of God's wrath
A recent article suggested that, as an expression of God's love, churches should adopt a welcoming, non-judgmental posture toward homosexual conduct. The article ignored the vitally important distinction between a church opening its doors to various types of sinners and the church welcoming those sinners as members, without requiring that they confess and forsake their sins.
Jesus spent time with sinners, but he did so in order to call them to repentance.
The Christian is called to love his neighbor as himself. Yet the scriptural understanding of love as a thoroughgoing concern for another's best interest includes a concern for the neighbor's present spiritual standing before God and for the neighbor's eternal destiny.
Scripture makes clear the sobering truth that God will bring his just wrath to bear upon every sinner who does not confess and forsake his sins, appropriating the blood of Jesus by faith as the sole effectual covering for them.
Therefore, to be aware that someone is disobeying the commandments of God's word and not to warn him about God's coming wrath is a failure to love that person.
Student, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Assemblies of God minister
Wall Street a rigged racket
It seems the filthy rich Wall Street types tell the uber-rich others how much they're worth by some type of formula.
Many years ago I learned that a business owner received a paycheck after all the bills were paid and that the company was worth two to three times the annual profits.
This figure varies from industry to industry and is now zero to infinity — or that's what the financial gurus tell us, which I never understood since one Simoleon is always worth exactly the same as another Simoleon at a given time.
Take Facebook, the price to earnings ratio is 78. That means it would take 78 years of current profits to arrive at its current worth.
The five founders of Facebook (which became a publicly traded company in February, 2012) are estimated to be worth a combined $45 billion. Based on the 2015 first quarter financial report from Facebook it looks like net income (profit) will come in around $2.5 to $3 billion for the year. How can they be worth 12 to 13 times its annual profits? What about the other shareholders? In other words who comes up with these valuations?
I know, the other wannabe filthy rich say that if I make you a super-uber-billionaire I need to be compensated accordingly so I too can join the uber-rich club. You're welcome.