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Published on December 10, 2014
There is a Light, a morning star adrit in the sky this cold gray dawn. It calls me orward leads me along to a sacred place, an eternal home or us Immortals. O perect Light, o perect Dawn rom you come words that master songs, new and old; melodies played, beat out with drum inspired with hope in the perect One. O Morning Star, beautiul and bright you swept the terror rom the night then chose to show yoursel to me, To ME! How my soul does sing that I choose Thee. ATTENTION READERS!! Call in upcoming birth- days at 270-864-3891 or drop them o at our oce located at 412 Courthouse Square. Next week’s list will be Dec. 17-23. These listings are FREE! Please submit them by Mondays at 5 p.m. or that week’s paper. Page 2— Cumberland County News —December 10, 2014 Letters to the Editor must be on subjects relevant to the readers of this publication. The Cumberland County News reserves the right to edit or reject any letter for brevity, content and clarity and to limit frequent writers. 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Subscription rates are: $19.00 (including tax) per year in Cumberland and adjoining counties; $27.00 (including tax) elsewhere in KY; and $30.00 out-of-state (no tax). POSTMASTER: Send address changes to P.O. Box 307, Burkesville, KY 42717. Member of the Kentucky Weekly Newspaper Association, the Kentucky Press Association, the National Newspaper Association, and the Burkesville-Cumberland County Chamber of Commerce. © Copyright, Cumberland County News, 2014 Cumberland County News Happy Birthday to you! Dec. 10-16 Christian Richards - 10th Billy Finley - 10th Henry Willis - 10th Elizabeth Beaty - 10th Jesse Spears - 10th Lee Hicks - 11th Wesley Dubre - 11th Jaime Upchurch - 11th Louise Brown Smith - 12th Brian Dyer - 12th Doug Watson - 12th Jewell Keith - 12th Greg Morris - 12th J.C. Scott - 13th Loy Wray - 13th Carl Shoopman - 13th Makenzie Perry - 13th Ginger Parkman - 13th Melissa Scott - 13th Glee Long - 13th Rachael Tomlinson - 14th James Lee Gilbert - 14th Donita Stephens - 14th Darrell Smith - 14th Joyce Groce - 14th Cameron Weiss - 14th Stephen Cox - 14th Carol Ann Walker - 15th Donnie Riley - 15th Chasity Spears - 15th Dana Humphrey - 15th Imogene Fletcher - 15th Alaina Radford Lasster - 15th Storm Otterson - 15th Cody Thacker - 16th Roger Willis - 16th Roger Scott - 16th Ray Crist - 16th Wendell Wright - 16th Submitted by the Right to Life of the Cumberlands group Minnesota schools al- low male athletes who say they are emale to shower with girls Athletes in Min- nesota’s public schools who say they identiy as the sex opposite their biologi- cal sex have won the right to shower with athletes o the opposite sex, as well as share locker rooms and hotel rooms. On Thursday, the Min- nesota State High School League (MSHSL) approved criteria that will create eligibility standards or schools to let transgen- dered students on single- sex sports teams. Students would be allowed to be on a team o the opposite gender i parents or guardians, as well as a health care proes- sional, sign written state- ments arming a student’s “consistent or sincerely held gender-related identity.” A drat orm o the policy said that hormone treat- ments or males attempting to become emale must have begun beore any males may participate in emale sports. The debate over whether to allow transgendered stu- dents, especially males, to play on opposite-gender teams and use their rest- Minnesota schools allow male athletes who say they are female to shower with girls room, locker, and travel hotel acilities lasted or months, and went through several drat orms. The inal vote by the MSHSL board was 18-2, with one member abstaining and one member opposing. The board member who opposed the change was Emmett Keenan, who said that he was concerned that the religious exemption was not enough. Additionally, said Keenan, “I’m not sure we’ve heard enough yet about the saety o girls in relationship to a transgen- der male-to-emale playing on girls’ sports teams.” The board had been ex- pected to approve a drat proposal in October, but de- layed a nal decision until this week. The board’s decision was opposed by The Child Pro- tection League, a grassroots organization o concerned parents, which put out a ull-page ad stating: “A male wants to shower beside your 14-year-old daughter. Are you OK with that?” Likewise, the Minnesota Catholic Conerence has launched an online petition campaign listing numerous concerns with the policy. Ac- cording to the Conerence, the drat the board delayed a vote on “relies upon a con- tested view o gender iden- tity conusion that could do students struggling with their gender more harm than good.” It also violates Minnesota law related to “religious or conscientious objections” to the policy, says the Conerence, and “could alter the competitive air- ness in girls’ athletics.” The Star-Tribune reports that in the meeting or the nal vote, supporters and opponents packed the room. One supporter, OutFront Minnesota’s executive direc- tor Monica Meyer, said, “All students want is a sae place to just be who they are. That includes in the classroom, on the court or eld.” League Executive Direc- tor Dave Stead said that while “a limited number o schools” told him that they “’don’t like the idea’” o the new policy, discussions have led to those schools saying that they “’still don’t like the idea, but I’m supportive o the initiative o trying to give us direction.’” Stead also said the transgender vote would not aect League membership. At least a dozen states have similar athlete poli- cies. In Minnesota, trans- gender eligibility will be decided by activities direc- tors at individual schools, with an independent ocer hearing appeals. By Jim Waters Americans undamen- tally believe in liberty, which means you shouldn’t be orced to join a union and pay dues just to get – or keep – a job. Workers in 24 other states already enjoy such reedom. However, in our state, 95,000 Kentuckians in the private-sector work- orce are still orced to join up and pay as much as 2 percent o their paychecks in dues. While a statewide right-to-work law has a higher mountain to climb in Frankort ater Novem- ber’s midterm elections in which some key races were won by opponents o such reedom, there’s more than one path to greater individ- ual reedom and increased prosperity across the com- monwealth. That journey could be- gin at a county courthouse near you. A hidden highlight dis- covered in Kentucky law is called the “County Home Rule” passed by the Gen- eral Assembly in 1978 that: • delegates to county fs - cal courts the legislature’s authority to promote eco- nomic development and regulate commerce • allows county fscal courts to approve policies Right-to-work: Counties should act if Frankfort won’t not expressly prohibited by the legislature The law described in KRS 67.083 contains lan- guage providing local county governments “with the necessary latitude and fexibility to provide and - nance various governmen- tal services” within certain areas, including the “regu- lation o commerce or the protection and convenience o the public;” and “promo- tion o economic develop- ment o the county, directly or in cooperation with pub- lic or private agencies.” Right-to-work ts the “County Home Rule” like the Wildcats t in Rupp Arena. It protects workers rom losing their jobs or reusing to become mem- bers o labor unions or pay dues while also serving as a county’s very own “open or business” sign in a state that’s generally not. My research has yet to turn up a single county in America that has passed its own right-to-work law in any state lacking such a statute. Maybe Kentucky could be rst, or a change. Evidence that counties passing such an ordinance stand to benet greatly is at least as convincing as the available proo that the UK Wildcats have the No. 1 college basketball team in the country. In research cited by the National Institute or La- bor Relations Research, Tennessee’s three most- populated counties border- ing Kentucky – Montgom- ery, Robertson and Sumner counties – showed nearly 16 percent growth in pri- vate-sector employment be- tween 2002 and 2012 in the Volunteer State, which pro- tects workers with a right- to-work policy. Meanwhile, employment in the three most-populated Bluegrass State counties along the same Kentucky-Tennessee border – Calloway, Chris- tian and Graves counties – grew by less than 4 percent during that entire decade. I what’s happened in right-to-work states is any indication o what could transpire in Kentucky counties with such a policy, growth in manuacturing, incomes and population would all be signicantly greater than in non-right- to-work counties while wel- are rates would drop. And all this just rom allowing each individual worker to say “yes” or “no” to union membership without losing their jobs. County leaders might also nd some encourage- ment in knowing just how popular statewide such reedoms and protections are or individual workers. Poll ater poll – includin a Bluegrass Institute poll last summer showing 80 percent approval statewide or right-to-work – indicate overwhelming understand- ing o and support or such a policy. Most Kentucky judge- executives and magistrates likely don’t realize that they don’t have to wait on Frankort to do somethin about the economic dis- advantage their counties have been placed in while too many state politicians play political patsies with our economic uture. I enough counties were to pass their own right-to- work law, Frankort would have no choice but to ac- quiesce as counties without such an advantage would be losing economic-devel- opment opportunities – not just to contiguous states, but to neighboring counties in their own state. Kentucky law allows right-to-work policies to be- gin at county courthouses. What are we waiting or? Note: Jim Waters is president o the Bluegrass Institute, Kentucky’s ree- market think tank. Reach him at jwaters@reedom- kentucky.com. Jo’s Bookmark The Morning Star Please keep the following servicemen and women in your prayers. 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