Helping find jobs, focus on health
Jubilee Jobs of Lexington held its first Healthy Living and Financial Stability event at Bluegrass Community & Technical College on Sept. 19.
This free event was organized to make all who attended more aware of their overall health, including stress, and to better understand the job search process.
Over 100 people participated in various workshops, and many were expedited through the two-week, seven-step Jubilee Jobs program.
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We sincerely appreciate BCTC for letting us use its beautiful facilities. We are also indebted to Brendan Burnett, a Jubilee Jobs board member, the PNC Foundation and the Herald-Leader for their support.
Lastly, this day would not have been successful without our faithful volunteers who led workshops, helped with lunch and assisted attendees. We appreciate all the other organizations who set up information booths and local employers who discussed jobs with attendees.
Jubilee Jobs of Lexington is a faith-based, nonprofit that specializes in job search preparation, job placement and career advancement of unemployed and underemployed residents in Central Kentucky, many of whom face barriers to employment.
Our free, successful two-week, seven-step program begins with an open orientation meeting every Monday at 9 a.m. at 1450 North Broadway in Lexington.
Clients receive experienced job-search assistance. All are welcome, and no appointment is necessary.
Executive director, Jubilee Jobs of Lexington
'Sorry' not enough
As things stand now, seeing a person in military uniform conjures up images of maimed and dead civilians.
The U.S.-led bombing of the Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan leaves us to think, "they bomb medical workers on humanitarian missions and their patients, don't they?"
In a Reuters' account, the president of the International Medecins Sans Frontieres describes patients burning in their beds and other atrocities from the bombing.
According to the United Nations News Centre, there are now no humanitarian agencies left in Kunduz. Who deserves the blame for those who cannot flee being left to suffer and die in Kunduz?
Just saying "sorry" isn't enough. Neither is passing it off as a mistake. President Barack Obama, Gen. John Campbell and every member of Congress should give their full and vocal support to the independent investigation being demanded by Doctors Without Borders.
MSF suggests sharing a page on its site to express fury over the bombing online: Msf.org/kunduz-independentinvestigation.
Zoe L. Langley
U.S. awash in guns
It seems reasonable to assume that a similar proportion of the population in, say, Australia, France and the United States is affected by mental illness.
It is only in the United States, however, that we see the domestic carnage caused by all-too-frequent mass shootings.
Let us, then, not hide behind mental illness as the explanation for the killings, even while conceding that many of the perpetrators might be unbalanced.
The answer, rather, is simply that America is awash in guns. Guns do not make Americans free; indeed, quite the opposite. We are prisoners in a lunatic asylum of our own making, since we've armed the patients.
On a sunny Saturday, Oct. 10, several families had a chance to become familiar with the fundamentals of generating their own electricity through rooftop solar.
It was exciting and inspiring to see that this technology is available to homeowners and businesses.
The event started with a tour of Bluegrass Community & Technical College's energy lab. Then visitors made stops at homes where owners showed off their solar installations and discussed the costs and the benefits.
The event concluded with a visit to ReStore, where Matt Partymiller explained the details of the solar array mounted above the store entrance.
Thanks to David Butler, BCTC, homeowners and Solar Energy Solutions for putting together this wonderful event.
Obama a hack
As Michael Jordan said about the president, "he's a hack."
Of course he was talking about his golf game. I'm not. This hack has been a complete failure as president, but the good news is that many, if not all, of his radical executive orders will be removed by a conservative president.
I can't wait.