What is your take on the fairness ordinance that was voted down again in Bowling Green?
Dear My Fair Lady/Gentleman?
“All men are created equal”, true statement. “Life ain’t fair”, also a true statement.
I’m all for equal rights, no—seriously, I may not agree with one's persuasion, but even U of L fans are created with the same rights as I was, and I will defend those. I will also defend the rights of a business owner who has built a business and reputation based on either principle or brand strategy, and would now be made by law to hire someone who may or may not fit the brand/principle/reputation. The Fairness Ordinance seems to put more weight on the individual looking to work or live somewhere over the individual hiring or renting.
Finally, this is not PC and I really couldn’t care less, if you are LGBTUVWXYZ, do you want to work for someone who doesn’t want you there? Do you want to live somewhere the landlord doesn’t want you there, and finally, do you want to eat a cake someone didn’t want to bake for you?
Life ain’t fair.
I am a young resident of EC for 12 year now, and I know that graduation is coming up. I was often advised and almost expected by most teachers, long time residents & friends to leave Edmonson soon after graduation if I ever 'wanted to get anywhere in life'. I've heard our town described as a black hole. Unitedly my mindset towards this town was easily convinced by it's blasted negativities, and very often witnessing ill-fated relations, blithely or glibly. Yet, this town has such an innocently pure, good natured aspect. Unfortunately it isn't the main focal point as it should be.
I've became trustworthy of this town. My name is not familiar! Through little to-no connections, I still know so many. I feel Brownsville, in a sense will always be a safe town & my home. I am surrounded by good hearted people.Our local store employees are always someones family or a long lost friend. I often pass fellow drivers that wave customarily, or honk caringly but wouldn't know me from Adam other than us parking beside each other at the local store.
Nonetheless, I've been lucky to have spent time traveling to the majority of our large country & others. It is amazing how people 2,300 miles away can mimic certain acts or be like-minded to Brownsvillians(?) While traveling I would be reminded of my home town. Even with completely different cultures, races, laws, traditions, and family ties. Everyone, no matter where, always wants a better life. It seems a common assumption that anywhere else is more significant and appealing/ diverse than this small country bumpkin town. Yet in actuality in this country - we all have the same grass, just a different lawn. However it all grows the same.
As a soon to be adult I was convinced if I stayed - I wouldn't make anything of myself. I wouldn't help the world- this town is too small for me to matter. But in all actuallity that mindset was simply wrong. I could do all those things I wanted so badly, right here, in this community. I've often wondered what the older aged residents of this county would tell their younger selves if they had the chance to. Would they have stayed?
How can we convince our younger generations to believe that this county isn't as bad as its made out to be? That efforts to beat the odds could snowball into so much more. That it's not a lost cause. There is a plethora of opportunity here just needed of a plan. This town, and world could be much better off by the desire of improvements and change. Kindness, warmth and optimism. An agreement of aspirations for everyone's future.
So my question is Mr Mongoose, if a graduating student or individual trying to make a life changing decision - asked you "Do you think I could help this world and be successful if I stayed in Edmonson County? " What would you say?
Dear Hometown Hero:
I can remember when this county was a vibrant bustling town, then they outlawed rock n roll, the plant shut down and they banned dancing. Ah yes but then a kid from New York moved in, stood up in church and had a prom. No, wait a minute, that was “Footloose”.
Let’s face it, unless you want to be a teacher or a banker--and even banking careers are limited in this county-- there aren’t a lot of career opportunities in EC. At least that’s the way it looks from a distance, but if you dig a little deeper you see there are several successful business owners living and thriving among us. Think for a minute about the businesses you or your family patron on a weekly or monthly basis. With the exception of a very few national chains, I’d say 80% of the businesses in Edmonson County are locally owned and operated by individuals or families. Some of these locally owned businesses aren’t owned by native county folk which should bring you to think of it this way: Someone away from here saw opportunity. Someone who possibly had the same thoughts in high school of moving away from their sleepy hometown to pursue hopes and dreams of being successful and making it in this world. The fact that they were able, as outsiders, to succeed here should give you hope.
Its refreshing to hear someone concerned enough to take time to write in to the #1 opinion column in the county, What is not so refreshing is the advice you were given while in school. Not sure what teachers told you that, but I also went to school here and most of those folks were very Edmonson County-minded.
If I could give you or any school age person one piece of advice it would be this; learn to communicate face to face with people and you will have an advantage over the majority of the world when it comes to being successful. I would NOT tell them, “you don’t stand a chance of making it here, better move on”. The world is your oyster, believe it or not there are pearls in your own backyard, you just have to be willing to dig and look for them.
Thankfully we haven’t reached full on Amazon Prime Time where everything is a click away, delivered by drone with zero personal interaction with other human beings. If you can learn to communicate with real people across a counter, board room ,desk, or the tailgate of a truck, and have interest in something that others have need or want for, you can make it as a small business owner here. Not only will you be able to stay close to home, you’ll have the satisfaction knowing you built something that not just sustains your living but also grants opportunity to other hometown people who may not have aspirations as lofty as yours to work close to home while meeting the needs and wants of your community.
Local Advice Columnist Seeking Feedback On "Born Alive Protection Act"
Dear Edmonson Voice readers:
I would like to take this opportunity to inform the dear readers of Edmonsonvoice.com about a bill that was up for consideration in the US Senate yesterday.
The “Born Alive Protection Act” failed to meet the necessary 60 votes to progress to a full vote with only 3 democrats joining the 50 Republicans that voted to proceed.
To sum it up, the bill basically protects babies born alive after a failed abortion. (Meaning a successful abortion is death)
If you follow social media, pro-abortionists paint the bill to be one that stifles a woman’s right to choose. In a sense they’re not wrong in this characterization if the choice is; to murder a baby outside the womb.
Don’t believe me? Here is text taken directly from the bill which is available for full review at https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/senate-bill/311/text
(1) If an abortion results in the live birth of an infant, the infant is a legal person for all purposes under the laws of the United States, and entitled to all the protections of such laws.
(2) Any infant born alive after an abortion or within a hospital, clinic, or other facility has the same claim to the protection of the law that would arise for any newborn, or for any person who comes to a hospital, clinic, or other facility for screening and treatment or otherwise becomes a patient within its care.
I would love the opportunity to ask the 44 Democrats, including all 2020 announced Democratic Presidential candidates, how can any sane individual support killing a living, innocent baby that just survived attempted murder? I want to hear your answer, face to face in plain speak, how? Seriously, most of these people have kids themselves, I would assume they at one time felt like I did—love at first sight, looking into the eyes of the most innocent beings on this planet and instantly being willing to do anything for this precious, tiny, LIVING human that made me feel as if I’d known them my entire life after seeing them for seconds.
Secondly I would love to ask my fellow Edmonson County citizens that support these 44 men and women the same question.
Since no one knows who I really am and I don’t intend on ‘coming out’ anytime soon, let me know: firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @askmongoose.
My wife has a seperate checking account but she wants us to have a joint facebook page. what's up with that
Dear Two Faced,
Just be glad she’s not asking for separate bedrooms, that’s when I’d really get concerned if it were me. Money is the #1 cause for divorce in the US, whether it’s too much, too little, spending habits, or behind-your-back spending. Every family dynamic is different, if you and her don’t fight about money, and having separate accounts work, leave it alone.
Now FakeBook on the other hand--probably the #2 cause of divorce, listen to me. If she wants a joint account due to trust issues, that’s deeper than MyFace . com, you either need to build trust or she needs to get over her insecurities. My guess, without more information, is that’s why. My advice, delete SpaceBook, turn off the TV, and look to www.edmonsonvoice.com for all your news, weather, sports and community events. What more do you need?!
Seems like everyone is talking about cultural appropriation these days and I was wondering what is your opinion on school programs having the kids to dress up like pilgrims and indians or things like that? Is it really offensive?
Say what you want about kids dressing up, but whoever came up with making an Indian vest out of paper grocery sacks was genius. Ok, here’s the deal, if you go looking for a booger, you’ll find one. Unless a kid grew up in a KKK compound, a 6-7 year old kid doesn’t have a racist bone in their body. Now before someone plays the “white privilege, you can’t comment card”, let’s just say I’m 800 times closer to being Cherokee than Elizabeth Warren and I don’t play cards, so who cares.
Anyway, me wearing a vest and feathers in 2nd grade had no effect on me as an individual-- positively or negatively, as related to my view of a certain race or ethnicity.
As long as history is taught apolitically, not skewed one direction, and this helps kids learn—who cares? No one gets upset when a student from Kazakhstan wears a silly looking pilgrim hat.
As the year comes to an end I just want to say that I love living in Edmonson County and enjoy reading your responses. I don't really have a question but I want to encourage your fans to pay attention to our local businesses that are contributing back to our local community--and the ones that are NOT. Look at our school programs, our volunteer organizations, our charities, and benefits, and pay attention to who sponsors them. We have a ton of great businesses that continually invest their own money back into Edmonson County schools and programs. We also have businesses that have been here for years that never support anything except their own pockets. I'm not calling anyone out, I'm just urging people to pay attention. We need to support those that support others, and stay away from the ones that don't. Have you ever noticed this?
Dear Community Reinvestment Act-ers,
I once had someone in sales tell me, “if a customer is happy, he/she might tell 3-4 people; if a customer is unhappy, they’ll tell everyone they know and even some they don’t”. I see where you are coming from and personally I haven’t given the subject much thought as it pertains to my personal business done in county. I think the reason relates to my opening comment.
Unfortunately most, myself included, don’t recognize the good because we’ve come to expect it and “good” is only “mediocre” now.
That being said I’m with you. We live in a world where there are a lot of hands out and in turn hand outs (read closely). There are two groups, we’ll say one group, the hands out group is over here on the left, and expect the other group, this group here on the right, to provide them with whatever they deem is needed. Now don’t confuse me, I’m not saying the charities, schools, etc.. are on the left side with arms out and palms up, just bear with me... So in the beginning the left side says, “hey, you have plenty,I need some, can I have some?”, the right side says, “you know I do have plenty, I’d be glad to help you”. Hey, the left side gets what they need and the right side feels good because they were able to help someone, a win-win.
Fast forward, the left side that once only asked for help when they needed it now expects the other side to give them not only needs but wants and has gone from asking to demanding. Meanwhile the right side lost the feel good received by helping and became indignant after seeing their once gifts now hand outs squandered.
Back home now, the schools, charities, sick individuals and so forth DO NOT equate to the group on the left in my example nor do the hander-outers equal the right group.
However, our view, the great citizens of this county, has been conditioned in such a way that we either 1) expect those on the right hand side to give, 2) are reluctant to give because the other side feels entitled, and to answer your question (10 pages later) C) all sides don’t see the good guys giving and reward them or see the ones that don’t because we’ve been conditioned to expect it.
Bottom line, you can blame most of society’s ills on the tenants of socialism, the antithesis of freedom, morals, risk/reward —the list goes on and on.
Dear Mister Mongoose,
I have been in an ongoing relationship for just about 4 years now. I frequently use his phone, because i mean we are a couple. So yesterday i got on his phone to download an app, and i seen that in his recently used apps was Tinder. I was immediately upset, and began to cry. He asked if i was alright, and i told him i was fine, and gave him a fake excuse despite the fact that i was on to him. He had never cheated on me before, so i wasn't really sure why he would now. Was he bored of me? Is he not happy with me? I mean i wasn't absolutely sure if he even was, so i got on the app, and it was logged out, so i put in his phone number and it popped up his account. I went to his profile, and in his bio it didn't say anything about being in a relationship at the moment or anything, so i was really worried. I went through his messages and he hadn't flirted with any of them, and he had mentioned to them that he had a girlfriend and that he had no intentions of anything, but it was the fact that he was still talking to girls, and not even telling me about them. So just friends or not, he was still guilty. I was super glad to find out that he told them that he was in a relationship, and that he didn't want anything more than a friend, but like i mentioned before, he still didn't tell me. I don't really know how to talk to him about it, or to give him time to maybe tell me about it. What do i do????
Sincerely, The Concerned Girlfriend
Dear Tinder Hearted,
Let me throw down an analogy for you.
You go to Bass Pro and buy $3,000 worth of fishing tackle and a new $69,000 Ranger bass boat. You hook up and back it down the boat ramp-- almost to the water. The game warden stops you and asks to see your fishing license. What will he think when you tell him, “I’m not going fishing, I’m just sitting here in my truck with everything a person needs to fish but I’m not fishing”.
The gear/boat = the phone app
Hooking up driving to the water = his profile
Hey, if he ain’t fishing--I mean cheating-- he’s missing a dang good chance.
Can you explain to me why our county has a Christmas parade on Thanksgiving weekend? I had a family meal planned for that saturday and probably a bunch of other people did too. First they switched halloween and now we're doing Christmas on Thanksgiving. That's messed up plus, where did they get that Santa. was that Slug?
Dear Holiday Heckler,
I'll start off with a similar reply I've given to countless emails...why are you asking me? I have no control over these things. First, you should be made aware that our Lions Club (all volunteers) organize and oversee the Christmas parade, not "the county." Second, the Christmas parade and the Halloween on the Square are volunteer-coordinated events. They are a "treat" if you will. The county (which puts on the Halloween event) doesn't have to do anything for the event, but our local Parks and Rec team and our Judge Executive's office do...FOR FREE. Same as our Lions Club.
I've been told that the date of the Christmas parade was changed a couple years back because most other local parades are held on the first and second weekends in December, and many of the parade participants want to attend multiple local parades. I didn't attend this year's parade in person; however, I watched the live stream on the Edmonson Voice. Last I checked, the video had about 4K views and it looked like there were people all over the place--so the date must be good for most. Is the Lions Club supposed to call everyone in Edmonson County and ask them what date works out best for them for a parade or trick-or-treating?
What I've found out about our little county is that people are quick to complain and judge others, especially when it comes to volunteering. Don't like it? Don't complain to me or Facebook...volunteer for Parks and Rec and put in some time. Join the Lions Club and actually contribute. The only way positive changes are made is if you have positive people willing to do positive things...not complain only. I look at it like this: If they have the Christmas parade in March, at least someone is willing to volunteer their time to put it on. Around here, the ones that complain the most, contribute the least.
And as for Santa? He came from the North Pole. Duh.
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