To the Editor,
Elder abuse is on the rise in America and individuals living with dementia are particularly susceptible. In fact, as many as 62% of the 5.8 million Americans living with dementia experience psychological abuse, and as many as one-fourth have been physically abused. As someone who has been personally impacted by this disease, we cannot ignore the severity of this issue, especially during an isolating and unprecedented time in our nation’s history.
Unfortunately, professionals who deal with elder abuse have little training on how to work with people with dementia. Thus, they may interpret their interactions as uncooperative, disruptive, or combative rather than fully understanding the unique needs of those living with the disease. Thankfully, the Promoting Alzheimer’s Awareness to Prevent Elder Abuse Act (S. 3703/H.R. 6813) will require elder abuse training specifically for dementia for these professionals to improve the quality of interactions and ultimately protect this vulnerable group from elder abuse.
This vital legislation is already on the move, thanks to the support of our Senators Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul after a vote in their Chamber. Now the House must follow suit, and that’s why we need our Representative Brett Guthrie to again be a leader in the fight to protect people living with Alzhiemer’s and all other dementia. Please join me in asking Congressmen Guthrie to cosponsor and pass H.R. 6813. Together, we can prevent elder abuse.
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Park City, KY 42160
By Governor Andy Beshear (D) and Secretary of State Michael Adams (R):
In the midst of a global health pandemic caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19), as a Democratic Governor and a Republican Secretary of State we have proven that we can put partisanship aside to make our elections safer for our people.
We know that working across the aisle to reach a bipartisan agreement, regardless of where you live from Washington, D.C. to Frankfort, Kentucky, during any year, certainly an election year, is all too rare.
We don’t always agree, but we have no disagreement when it comes to protecting the health of Kentuckians during this pandemic, while making sure they are able to exercise their patriotic duty to vote.
On Aug. 14, we announced an agreement to give Kentuckians more options to vote safely leading up to and on Election Day, Nov. 3, 2020.
We put politics aside – there was no political “horse-trading.” We knew we had to get this right for the people of Kentucky.
This was not the first time we’ve worked together for Kentucky’s benefit. Earlier this year when the coronavirus was intensifying in the commonwealth, we jointly delayed party primaries and then quickly reached an agreement to allow those concerned about their health to vote absentee.
The result of our agreement, we had near record turnout. We had the commonwealth’s highest primary turnout in 12 years – with both Democrats and Republicans taking advantage of voting options that helped to keep them safe.
We believe the primary was largely successful because we worked together in a bipartisan fashion. That bipartisanship not only led to a better product, with concerns on both sides accommodated, but it also showed all voters that our new election rules were fair, legitimate and credible.
The plan was not perfect, but we learned from that experience.
Our plan for the general election keeps the best of what worked in the June primary, especially giving voters options to safely cast their votes, and it makes improvements where necessary, including pushing for more in-person voting locations and faster election results.
During this pandemic, Kentuckians will have more than just 12 hours to vote at one polling place on Election Day.
Our plan includes:
Expanded absentee voting – Kentuckians who are concerned about in-person voting due to the coronavirus can request an absentee ballot online at www.GoVoteKy.com or through other methods, all of which require voter identity verification. Voters can return their ballots by mail, or put them in drop boxes we’re distributing, a first for our state.
Early in-person voting – In order to reduce lines and further social distancing, we’re offering three weeks of early in-person voting, including Saturdays, also a first for our state.
Election Day voting – While not every precinct will be open on Election Day, because, for example, some of our regular voting locations are nursing homes, Kentuckians are stepping up to serve as poll workers so that we can open as many locations as possible. Our plan requires every county to have at least one vote center, where anyone from that county can go vote, regardless of his or her precinct – another reform for our state.
Finally, Kentuckians who are unable to get a photo ID to vote due to the pandemic – whether because of risk of exposure to COVID-19, or because their clerk’s office was closed – can sign a document explaining this concern, present non-photo ID and cast their ballots.
We know that there is still a lot of work ahead, including educating Kentuckians on their options and working with local election officials on the implementation.
With all the options available for Kentuckians to vote safely, we are confident that we will see high voter turnout in November, just as we saw in our primary.
In June, we created a national model both for how to enable people to vote safely and for how leaders should work together.
To forge the framework for a safe, successful and historic general election, we have already overcome the largest impediment – partisanship.
Area Legislators Concerned Local Control Endangered By Mandates Disguised As Recommendations
By: Representatives Michael Meredith, Steve Riley, Bart Rowland, Jason Petrie, and Steve Sheldon
School administrators and teachers have been preparing to return to school for five months, knowing that this school year will look like no other in our history but realizing that education is essential to the well-being of the children and families they serve. They began those efforts by reaching out to parents across their districts to measure concern, identify needs, and determine what options to offer for “Back to School.” School districts have invested time, energy, and money into developing plans to provide a quality education while keeping our children safe. They were prepared to implement in-person learning and virtual learning, and in some cases a hybrid of both. They are ready to get back to work educating our children.
That effort hit a roadblock this week when Governor Beshear “recommended” a delay for in-person classroom instruction. We use the term recommended loosely because a recommendation would provide the information and resources needed to make the best decision possible. A recommendation recognizes that what works in Louisville may not work in Brownsville, Morgantown, or Tompkinsville and what is right for Bowling Green might not be right for Glasgow, Elkton, or Russellville. This seems to be more of a mandate than a recommendation. We have learned from school leaders that the Kentucky Department of Education is applying intense pressure with the threat of repercussions that include padlocking schools and drowning districts in bureaucratic red tape. Furthermore the strong arm nature of the recommendations have left school leaders scrambling to consult with their attorneys and insurance providers to find out if they face additional liability issues that could cripple their budgets if they choose a different path.
We naturally question why the Governor has once again issued a directive without the input of the very people who must enforce it and repair the damage left behind. Our educators, administrators and the local school boards were charged with crafting plans to safely reopen. These same educators, administrators and local school board members have extensive training in education and school governance and they recognize the potential damage caused when a child is denied access to the educational, social, and emotional support provided by our public schools. It is our teachers and administrators who see children who come to school each day with an empty stomach and without basic school supplies. It is these same teachers and administrators that provide a stable, supportive environment for children facing physical abuse or neglect or who have a parent struggling with substance abuse. Eliminating in-person education ignores the significant number of children who may not be abused or neglected, but lack access to high speed internet.
Our educators and administrators recognize the benefits of in-person instruction, and more importantly, the short and long-term impact in-person instruction has on a child’s physical and mental health and development. At the least progress for many of these students will slow; at the worst, some may fall behind forever.
COVID-19 is a real health concern we take very seriously. Because this pandemic will, undoubtedly, affect our foreseeable future, we support taking steps that stop or slow the spread of COVID-19. We encourage all Kentuckians to wear masks and practice social distancing to keep Kentucky healthy. And, while we are hopeful that these steps will reduce the impact COVID-19 has on all aspects of our society, we simply cannot stop living and preparing the next generation of Kentuckians. Our focus should remain on the education and development of our children.
Governor Beshear’s recommendation suggests “one size fits all” across the school districts of this great Commonwealth. The recommendation also suggests school officials and parents can’t be trusted to make decisions best suited for their situations. Both suggestions couldn’t be more inaccurate; decisions about in-person vs. virtual instruction and school start dates should be decided at the local level by our local school board members and superintendents. What Governor Beshear calls a recommendation, we call overreach. Overreach against the very people we trust to educate our children and keep them safe. Our school boards, administrators and teachers deserve the opportunity to complete the task they have been given –educating our children – without interference and threats of retaliation from Frankfort.
Rep. Michael Meredith represents Edmonson County and a portion of Warren County; a retired educator and school administrator, Rep. Steve Riley represents Barren County and a portion of Warren County; Rep. Bart Rowland serves Hart, Metcalfe, Monroe, and a portion of Hardin County; Rep. Jason Petrie represents Logan and Todd counties and a portion of Warren County; and Rep. Steve Sheldon represents a portion of Warren County.
To my beloved fellow Edmonson Countians: I just wanted to say that I think by far our most important consideration with regard to this pandemic, which is a new experience for all of us, is that we be patient, understanding, kind and compassionate with one another as each of us makes our way through it the best we know how.
Let's come out of this experience together, united and strong - one for all and all for one - as Edmonson Countians have long been so beautifully known for doing.
My love and caring to each of you now and always.
Sincerely, Jo Etta Johnson
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The testimony I am giving you now started in the spring of 1959. It was 61 years ago when I was 5 years old when I heard Bro. Willie Doyel preach about the end of time. It's the only sermon I can remember word for word. It was a day service with just a handful of people there. Most of them had walked a few miles to get there and by the time they got there they had the spirit with them.
The sermon was at Bee Spring Missionary Baptist Church and I attended with my mother Ola Vincent Moutardier and my Grandmother Nancy E, Meredith Vincent (Nanny Bun). It was the first time my mother ever let me sit away from her, she said I could sit in the front seat across the aisle from mamaw.
They started with singing, then prayer and then Bro. Doyel started reading from the bible. He closed the bible and started preaching. I could not take my eyes off him. He had sweat running down his face and his shirt was soaked and clinging to him and it didn't even slow him down.
He was preaching about the times before the end of time and about how much power the devil would have, the changes that would take place. He stated that there will be wars and rumors of wars and how Christians would come under attack all over the world. It would be a time of fake prophets. How the country would turn its back on God, the Government would take God, Prayer, The Holy Bible and the Ten commandments out of the schools, out of the oaths of office and oaths of our branches of service. They would even try to keep you from worshiping God. How they would go through the country tearing down Gods symbols and if you talked about God’s Glory you would be mocked and made fun of. How they would taunt God, and allow people of the same sex to marry.
Then he said something as a boy I couldn't understand . He said there would be members of this church and every church throughout the nation that would turn their backs on God and follow the way of the world. I remember looking around at everyone there and I had seen each one in the spirit of the lord, I thought he meant the people in there then, of course he didn't. It would be over 50 years before that would be revealed to me.
That was the way it worked, as things happened and were fulfilled, I could hear the sermon word for word like it was yesterday.
Then Bro. Doyel said one last thing. “At that time it will be Vincent against Vincent, Meredith against Meredith, and Moutardier against Moutardier" then Church was dismissed.
The minute when mom, mamaw and I got in the car they started talking 'what do you think he meant by that?' It had them so worried that they decided to drive to his house and talk with him. When we got there he had already changed into his work clothes to farm.
He came walking over to the car and Mom and Mamaw asked him what he meant by that. He said “Sister Ola and Sister Nanny, I didn't know if I was even going to preach or not until I closed the Bible. I don't know what it means, but I know someone was supposed to hear it. It was for someone there today."
I was sitting in the backseat behind mom next to the window with it rolled down. Bro. Doyel had reached in and was rubbing my head, I looked up into his eyes and he was looking at me, and I saw him say more than I heard him say, “Lord Help Him”.
Four years later I was saved, Bro. Doyel was there in October 1963.
Five years ago God made it all plain to me everything had come to pass. How people from every church would turn their backs on God and go the way of the world. And the Vincent against Vincent, Meredith against Meredith and Moutardier against Moutardier, the meaning was made plain to me. It was me that the sermon was meant for and I was supposed to hear it. At the time of the sermon, that day I was the only one alive that had all three blood lines.
I was supposed to have told this testimony 5 years ago. I went and talked to someone I had a lot of faith and confidence in. He got mad and said that I was making it political. So I doubted myself. The last 5 years have shown me that I had to do this and that I didn't have a choice. I should have done it the first time I was told to.
About the members of every church that would turn their back on God and follow the way of the world. The Bible says give unto man what is man, you still can't go against Gods word. You cannot support an organization, club or party that supports the murder of 60,000,000 + of Gods unborn helpless Children. The woman had her choice before conception. God says ”I knew you in the womb."
And marriage is between a Man and a woman.
You don't have to turn your backs on your loved ones, you pray for them. By condoning the actions that you know in your heart that are wrong, and supporting the organizations or parties that are going against the bible, you are turning your back on God by going the way of the world against his word and what you were taught in the bible.
God comes first over father and son, mother and daughter, brother and sister.
Believe me I have not been the perfect Christian, I have made my mistakes and I have sinned. But I repented to God and begged his forgiveness. This testimony and him saving my soul, and Gods word has been the only consistent thing in my life. I've got my spot and I had to give this testimony. I hope it helps the ones this is for.
God Bless the true Christians and God have mercy on the others.
Douglas Moutardier Jr.
Ecclesiastes 10 : 2