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A Penny Mentality In America?

By Glenn Mollette

I had just parked my car in a city parking lot when I heard the cries of a loud voice.

"Sir, please give me a penny! Please just a penny," he pled. I continued to walk because I do not like being verbally accosted by a stranger. I was in an unfamiliar part of town and felt spooked by his sudden appearance to plead with me for a penny.

I have been asked for a dollar hundreds of time from street beggars but never a penny. I'm thinking to myself, "Wow, how low can a guy go?" On many occasions I have handed people a couple of dollars or a five. Never have I been asked for a penny. Once my family and I stopped at a light and this man was begging for money and we gave him ten dollars. As soon as he had it in his hand he smiled saying he had enough now for a bottle of whiskey. We shook our heads and felt like fools for helping the guy.

My wife and I were once walking down Broad Street in Nashville to our favorite candy and popcorn store. We saw a woman eating a sandwich and a man pled for her to give it to him. She appeared to have eaten a bite or two from it. He took it right from her hands and ravished that sandwich. The guy was obviously starving.

You really never know who is truly suffering and who is a daily panhandler. A lot of America is on welfare and we have people sleeping on the streets or under bridges or on park benches. I hope the election this fall will bring change. We didn't get in this shape in one election. I don't see how one election will get us out of this shape we are in today. However, we must make a major stride in a different direction or we are going to lose this country. We cannot afford more welfare, more illegal immigrants, more jobs exported out of America and a weaker military. I personally think this election is America's defining moment in history. Supreme court justices will be appointed the next four or eight years that will have a major impact on the future of America.

Okay, back to the penny beggar. I seldom have a penny but I did have a quarter. I gave the man a quarter. Immediately he wanted more change. He said he wanted to buy his daughter a bottle of water. "Wait a minute sir, you said you wanted a penny." "Yes, but I need more change for a bottle of water," he pled. The man looked about 28 years old. I was beginning to think I would just hand him five or maybe even ten dollars. I then asked him, "Why aren't you working a job? " Without missing a beat he replied, "I can't work a job because I would lose my check." "What? You would lose your check?? "Yes, if I work they will take my check away from me." I then asked him how much do you receive each month in your check and he said, "Seven hundred and some dollars." "Sir," I replied, "You, could make more money if you would just work as hard as you are begging me and others for money." He actually nodded his head and agreed with me.

I did not give him any more money. Maybe I should have but His attitude of "I will not work because I prefer to subsist on government assistance has become too prevalent in America.

We cannot live on pennies and welfare in America. This is not a real life. It's time for a change in this country. It's time for real jobs to come back to America. It's time for us to defend our borders, build up our military and repair our infrastructure. We have to get off this status quo lifestyle of mediocrity and being comfortable in poverty. This is not the America our parents built. We can't go from a dollar mentality to a penny mentality because after this there is no lower to go.

Glenn Mollette is an American Syndicated Columnist and Author. He is the author of eleven books and read in all fifty states. Enjoy Books By Glenn Mollette at

This column does not necessarily reflect the view of any organization, institution or this paper or media source.


Desperation in Appalachia and rest of rural U.S. fueled Trump's rise to Republican nomination

Donald Trump's rise from businessman and reality television star to Republican nominee for president has been fueled by desperation in some parts of rural America, Claire Galofaro reports for The Associated Press. Lost jobs, high rates of poverty and drug abuse, and limited education in some areas led to anxiety and despair. "And desperate people, throughout history, have turned to tough-talking populists. And that is how, in one of America’s forgotten corners, the road was perfectly paved for the ascent of Trump." (AP photo by Steve Helber)

Trump has been huge in Central Appalachia, winning "by spectacular margins all across the coalfields," Galofaro writes. "From Appalachia to the Rust Belt to the hollowing manufacturing towns in the Midwest, Trump collected his most ardent supporters." Trump, won big in areas like Logan County, West Virginia, where the unemployment rate is 11 percent—compared to 5 percent nationwide—and West Virginia is the nation's only state "where less than half of working-aged people work." Logan County resident Mike Kirk, who lost his home and his $28 per hour mining job, and now makes $11 in a pawn shop, told Galofaro, “He offers us hope and hope’s the one thing we have left.”

Peter Atwater, a consultant who studies the tides of consumer confidence, said "the average Republican is as pessimistic about the economy today as the day Lehman Brothers collapsed eight years ago," Galofaro writes. "That perception of decline—that the country is careening in the wrong direction—can be as politically potent as watching your hometown wither, he said." Some call those people "nostalgia voters."

Daniel Cox, research director for the non-profit Public Religion Research Institute, "said an uneven recovery from the recession lined up with societal shifts—the election of the first non-white president, a rising minority population, the decreasing influence of Christian values," Galofaro writes. "It left many in struggling, blue-collar communities across the country feeling deserted for the sake of progress someplace else." He told Galofaro, “Today, we’re not interested in the plan, we’re interested in the slogan. When confidence falls, it’s all too complicated to understand an elaborate plan or an articulated policy. We don’t want to wait for the details; we don’t want to read the footnotes. Just give me a powerful headline.”

That's something Trump excels at, Galofaro writes: "Trump promised to build the wall. Create jobs. Destroy ISIS. He blamed immigrants and China and Muslims for America’s woes. He stood on a stage in West Virginia, put on a hard hat and pantomimed shoveling coal. He promised to make them win again. His critics warn that his red-blooded, racially tinged rants threaten to unravel the very fabric of the nation. Here, the same words translate as truth-telling. His call caught fire so fervently that some are staking their families’ futures on whether he wins in November." (Read more)

Written by Tim Mandell Posted at 7/19/2016 11:44:00 AM



Killing In America

By Glenn Mollette

I don't know how to write a column on this theme except to say, stop, stop, please stop the killing.

Killing somebody is the not the answer. Killing people because of race, gender, religion, or for any reason under the sun is wrong. Killing does not eliminate problems. Killing does not solve family or neighborhood squabbles.

Yet, we kill all the time. America is a nation of killers. We're all about killing, killing and killing. Do we want to start counting all the people killed in all the wars just in the last couple of hundred years? How many have we killed on foreign soil? How many have been gunned down in Chicago in the last ten years? When you start adding up the deaths during the last ten years in school shootings, theatre shootings, nightclub shootings, alleged wrongful shootings by police and police themselves, it goes on and on.

People are sentenced to prison or sometimes the death chamber because of killing. People are filled with rage over somebody they love being killed and want to kill the person who killed their loved one. People who are emotionally able to reach a point in their lives where they can sleep and even forgive someone who murdered a loved one, do so often after years of emotional, spiritual and psychological help. Many are never able to reach this point in their lives.

If somebody assaulted your child, spouse, parent, sibling or friend you would be filled with hurt and rage. If somebody tries to enter my house and hurt our family I will utilize one of my handguns and shoot with the intent to kill. My hope and prayer is that never happens. I'm sure that is your hope and prayer as well.

Somehow we must ingrain this hope and prayer in every American, the hope to never hurt of kill.  Old time church preachers used to preach about "Thou Shalt Not Kill and love your neighbor as yourself."  Most of America's churches gave that up a long time ago. Today, the focus of the church is entertainment, and creating a feel good environment. Churches used to send missionaries around the world preaching, "Thou Shalt Not Kill and to love God and love your neighbor." When I was a child I used to read, "Thou Shalt Not Kill" written everywhere. I saw it  in such places as public classrooms, courthouses and even Sunday school walls at church. For some crazy reason America started thinking that the Ten Commandments were offensive and that the sixth commandment was no longer necessary.

Having the sixth commandment posted throughout America was a lot less offensive than this killing that's going on in our country. The sixth commandment did not prevent killings. Black people were still treated cruelly and even murdered with the sixth commandment posted everywhere. A chapter and verse is not a cure all and even stupid if we just ignore it. In the days when Thou Shalt Not Kill was written people were killed all over the Middle East and it hasn't stopped.

Somehow we have to get to the hearts of people and that means all races, nationalities, genders and religions have to quit hating, biting and fighting.

The Golden Rule says, "Do to others as you would have them do to you."
If all churches, communities, religions, political parties, race groups, gender groups and the whole world would just truly embrace this principle then the world would do much better. Bad stuff would stop and so would the killing. 

Glenn Mollette is an American Syndicated Columnist and Author. He is the author of eleven books and read in all fifty states. Enjoy Books By Glenn Mollette at .    This column does not necessarily reflect the view of any organization, institution or this paper or media source.

Grants from the Work Ready Skills Initiative will be awarded to groups of educators and employers with plans to improve training for everyone, from high school students to the unemployed, Bevin says.Lawrence County government, school system eligible to send in proposals in next 30 days; trained work force essential... 

Groups of high schools, colleges and employers can begin applying for funding from a $100 million pot of money to improve workforce education, Gov. Matt Bevin announced Wednesday.

Kentucky ranks 47th among states for the percent of its population involved in the workforce, and that has hampered efforts to recruit businesses to the state, Bevin said.

Last year, Volvo had considered Kentucky for a new North American plant and had put the state in its top four choices, Bevin said. But the company chose South Carolina for its $500 million factory. Bevin said the company was concerned about getting enough trained and trainable employees, although he claimed that the company’s primary reservation was that Kentucky was not a “right to work” state that allows non-union employees to work in unionized workplaces.

Grants from the Work Ready Skills Initiative will be awarded to groups of educators and employers with plans to improve training for everyone, from high school students to the unemployed.

Bevin and Education and Workforce Development Secretary Hal Heiner said that a group of local educators and employers might propose building a new training center, or it might submit a proposal to buy new software and equipment so students are trained on what they will see in the workplace.

“We are way behind from a facility and equipment standpoint,” Heiner said after the news conference. “We don’t have the capacity to train enough people. The equipment around the state does not match what’s needed.”

The application period opens Thursday and lasts for 30 days. Projects will be awarded by a nine-member board led by Heiner and will include the secretaries of Labor and Economic Development, the chairman of the Kentucky Workforce Innovation Board, three people nominated by Bevin, and one each nominated by the House speaker and the Senate president.

Proposals must have at least a 10 percent match by local partners.

When asked how a financially troubled state could afford to issue $100 million in debt to pay for the program, Bevin said: “How can we not invest in our future?”

“We must work diligently to be more economically competitive and create more jobs,” Bevin said. “We intend to make Kentucky the manufacturing and logistical center of excellence in America. This will start with having the most highly skilled and well-trained workforce in the country.”

Heiner said the projects will expand on current training programs, mainly operated by the Kentucky Community and Technical College System through its certification programs.

Bevin emphasized that the choices won’t be based on politics or geography, but solely on the most deserving ideas.

“If we do not find worthy applications, we will not spend the money,” Bevin said.

At Lexington’s Bluegrass Community and Technical College, plenty of people are paying attention to the initiative.

“We are currently meeting with local employers to assess their workforce needs,” spokesman Mark Manuel said. “We have several capital project needs, but we want to make sure any project we submit will have the outcomes outlined by the governor.”

KCTCS president Jay Box said the system welcomes the initiative for “much-needed upgrades to the facilities and technology our colleges need to keep up with the demand for local workforce training.

“KCTCS is focused on improving the lives and employability of Kentuckians. Through additional business partnerships, we will build a better-prepared workforce to fill the jobs employers are so desperate to fill.”

By Linda Blackford
Lexington Herald-Leader




WHEREAS, on July 3, 2016, and continuing, a severe storm system with wind, rain, torrential rain, hail, severe wind gusting, and tornadoes, began tracking across the entire Commonwealth, resulting in, and having the potential to further cause, injuries and major impacts to infrastructure, governmental properties, and private properties; and

WHEREAS, these conditions endanger public health and safety and/or public and private property; and

WHEREAS, state and local governments share responsibility for protection of public health, safety, and security as well as for the protection of public and private property and for taking appropriate actions to ensure the provision of essential public services; and

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Matthew G. Bevin, Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution of Kentucky and by Chapter 39A of the Kentucky Revised Statutes, do hereby declare that a State of Emergency exists in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and do hereby Order and Direct that:

1. The Division of Emergency Management within the Department of Military Affairs shall execute the Kentucky Emergency Operations Plan and, from the Kentucky Emergency Operations Center, shall coordinate the response and relief activities of all state agencies and private relief organizations in response to this emergency.

2. The Adjutant General is authorized to issue active duty orders for the mobilization of such National Guard personnel and equipment as he may determine to protect life and safety, to continue essential public services and to prevent undue loss and suffering.

3. All state agencies shall coordinate any and all public and emergency information and/or activities/releases related to this emergency and the response efforts of state agencies with the Division of Emergency Management.

4. All state agencies shall provide sufficient personnel required for the staffing of the Kentucky Emergency Operations Center or other command, control, and coordination points as may be designated by the Division of Emergency Management’s Director and shall provide such personnel, vehicles, equipment, and other resources needed to protect life and property and to ensure continuation, restoration and recovery of essential public services.

5. The Finance and Administration Cabinet is directed to provide assistance with incident/disaster resource management, procurements and contracting, and to fund the urgent operational and/or response costs of the Division of Emergency Management and the unbudgeted expenditures and obligations of other state agencies that are incurred in response to this emergency incident and in executing the provisions of this Executive Order.

6. The Division of Emergency Management is authorized to request assistance, federal, state, local, private sector, volunteer, and donated resources as may be available to minimize human suffering and to restore essential services to the general population and to assist state and local governments and individuals impacted by this emergency.

7. The Division of Emergency Management shall consult with the American National Red Cross and local officials to determine the need for emergency shelters for displaced families and shall coordinate with local government, school boards, and other organizations to determine the availability of schools and other facilities to be used as shelters during this emergency.

8. Transportation, on and access to any and all public roadways, in the affected area may be restricted or prohibited in the interest of public health and safety.

9. The Kentucky Community Crisis Response Board (KCCRB) is directed to activate their network of trained counselors to provide crisis response services to citizens in the affected area.