Kentucky Press News ServiceGov. Steve Beshear appointed Lt. Gov. Luallen to the office after former Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson (in background) resigned his post for a position with the White House.Crit Luallen will be sworn in as Kentucky's new lieutenant governor in the Capitol's Rotunda at 2:30 p.m. EST Friday. She replaces Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson who will resign in order to take a position in the Obama White House in Washington.Luallen will actually be sworn into office during a private ceremony tonight shortly after Abramson resigns.Friday's event will be broadcast live on Kentucky Educational Television. The event will be open to the public at the Capitol.Luallen has held a number of positions in state government over a long career, including a stint as state auditor. At one time, her name was mentioned as a possible candidate for governor but she decided against a run. Luallen will serve as lieutenant for a little more than a year since Gov. Steve Beshear's term ends Dec. 15, 2015. Luallen has already said she will not be a candidate for governor next year.
By Glenn Mollette
Surely all of us have something to give thanks for.
We all have problems, aches and things that we desire.
All of us have felt like we missed out on something. Everybody has a regret or two. Most of us have grumbled a bit about most everything. In the midst of it all surely we can find some way to give thanks.
A thankful spirit eases the spirit. Surely it's good for blood pressure, chest pains, anxiety and a better night's sleep.
We all have worries. We stress out about life even if the problems are small. While many have big problems others' problems are small in comparison.
Thousands of Americans are homeless. We are having temperatures in the low twenties in November. Many homeless people who I have personally talked to deal with not knowing where they will sleep or what they will eat. Many have small tents, or even try to sleep on park benches. I can't imagine.
About twenty years ago I was only about twelve months into buying a house and lost my job. The house payment was hefty plus I had two car payments, a very sick wife and two small boys. We were living paycheck to paycheck and suddenly I was on the bottom, terrified and desperate to quickly to find a job. I learned at that time that the toughest time to find a job is when you desperately need one. I drove everywhere in search of a job. Prospective employers were kind suggesting that maybe later down the road they might have an opportunity. I needed something immediately. There was almost never a moment that I slept at night.
After becoming unemployed, I also felt friendless. For years prior I thought I had zillions of friends. Suddenly it seemed as if no one knew me. I felt as if I had been dropped into a bottomless chasm and nobody cared.
Suddenly I came up with a solution. I would end my life. Briefly I felt uplifted and hopeful. This would be the way out of what seemed to be no way out. I lived in a nice neighborhood at the time and decided to take a walk at 1:00 AM. The sky was clear and it appeared as if every star was shining that night. It was one of those nights when I felt like I could touch each star. As I walked the neighborhood that late summer evening I was very alone without the sound of cars or children playing. It was dead silent. I could hear my heart beating in the quiet of the night. I started thinking, "I have a wonderful family who needs me. I have to be here for them. Taking my life would be a horrific act of selfishness."
I went back home and got on my knees and asked God to lead me and help me. If I ever needed a miracle from God it was then. I told God I would do anything, go anywhere.
About two weeks later a man from Indiana called me and said "Glenn, would you be interested in moving to Indiana?" Quietly I thought to myself, God, anything but Indiana! Our family pulled up, moved and it ended up being the most empowering twenty years of my life. God took care of our family in an incredible way.
Looking back twenty years ago I felt like we were just a month or two away from being homeless. It was a frightening feeling. I am sad for the thousands of Americans who do not have a place to sleep. I try to do what I can yet never feel like it's enough.
I am so grateful. I'm grateful for a warm house and comfortable bed. I'm thankful for food to eat and work that I love to do. I'm thankful for my loving wife, family and so much more.
Maybe this Thanksgiving you are having trouble being thankful. Maybe your life is in pain and you are spiraling downward into a dark chasm. My hope for you is that one night you might see the stars in their entire splendor and that your life will soon shine among them full of thanksgiving.
Dr. Glenn Mollette is a syndicated American columnist and author. He is read in all 50 states. The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily representative of any other group, organization or this publication.
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The bells at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery-Central rang out with “God Bless America” while veterans representing every war from World War II and beyond, family members of veterans and civilians gathered Friday afternoon to pay tribute to those who have given the ultimate sacrifice.During a brief ceremony, Randy Harris, first vice commander for American Legion Hardin Post 113 explained the significance of Veterans Day, Nov. 11, to those in attendance.The day, originally called Armistice Day, signified the day fighting ceased in World War I, “the war to end all wars,” he said. The day was first commemorated in 1919.In 1938, the day became a legal holiday, which was dedicated to the cause of world peace, but in 1954, following the largest mobilization of troops in American history for World War II and the Korean War, those who had served urged Congress to replace Armistice with veterans.Since 1954, the day has been known as Veterans Day.“We’ve honored the troops for their service and sacrifice ever since,” Harris said. “The service members we honor today came from all walks of life. They didn’t go to war because they loved fighting. They answered a call bigger than themselves.”Chuck Heater, branch manager for the cemetery, told the crowd as part of the cemetery’s mission, the ceremony was also to honor the fallen.He requested those gathered place a flag on the more than 3,000 graves as a tribute.Don Gilmore of Ekron is a member of the Patriot Guard and helped place flags throughout the cemetery, some on graves of men and women he knew.“I was a soldier for 24 years,” he said. “I love being around soldiers. It’s why I like to be here.”He said part of what the Patriot Guard does is honor fallen soldiers.“I think one of these days one of these guys will say, ‘Thank you. You stuck that flag in for me,’” he said.Friday had special significance for two visitors to the cemetery.Kierra Lyons of Radcliff brought her son, Lucas Miller, to pay tribute to her father, Reed Lyons Jr. on the anniversary of his death. While they were there, Lucas placed a flag on his grandfather’s grave.“We always come today,” she said. “It’s really the only way we can make him appreciate how much he meant to my dad. It’s a way to keep a relationship between them.”Radcliff resident Margaret Kieta, whose husband Vince was a Korean War veteran, said although her husband isn’t buried at the cemetery, it was her way of giving back to those who made the “ultimate sacrifice.”“We can’t forget them,” she said. “You look around and you read the markers as you pass. Everyone of them is someone’s father, mother, son or daughter. It’s important we not forget them.”
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