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Stereotyping Is Never A Good Idea 

By Glenn Mollette

We often hear about the crimes and homicides that take place in Chicago and in particular the south side of Chicago. The murder and overall crime rate is frightening.

I wouldn't want to walk around the streets of Roseland, Englewood or a number of Chicago neighborhoods at night. Actually, I don't think I would want to walk around them during the day. However, that is not to say that all or even a large number of people in South Chicago are hoodlums. I think just the opposite; most of the people are good and decent.

Last Sunday, I spoke at a church in Roseland and spent almost five hours with a group of very sweet, kind people who live in this neighborhood and 99.9% of the group was African American. My wife and I had a beautiful time with these people. I asked the pastor who lives in the neighborhood if he felt safe and he replied no. He went on to tell me that he never lets his grandkids out alone to play in his own yard. He occasionally hears shots in his neighborhood and even had some bullet holes in his car some months back. He went on to tell me I was in one of the most violent neighborhoods in Chicago.

Sadly, there is horrific violence on the Southside of Chicago. Tragically, there are criminals and hoodlums in this incredible city. However, most of the people living on the Southside are not bad people. They are good people trying to survive and overcome the minority of criminals, hoodlums and gang members who make their community scary.

I was raised in Martin County, Kentucky. President Lyndon Johnson began his campaign on poverty in our hometown in 1964. He visited Tom Fletcher about three miles down the road from our family. The Fletcher family became the poster family for Johnson's war on poverty. We didn't appreciate the stereotyping of all Martin county people as poor, ignorant hillbillies. I'm sure the Fletcher family didn't appreciate it either. However, with the history of the Hatfields and the McCoys along with television programs like The Dukes of Hazzard, many of us got the media's drift about how they viewed Appalachian people.

Yes, just like Chicago, Appalachia has enough ignorance and poverty. President Johnson's war on poverty just created more poor people. However, lots of people from Appalachia complete college or conduct successful businesses, work hard and meaningful jobs and pay lots of taxes, just like many people do in Chicago. Like all the people on the Southside of Chicago we don't like to be stereotyped either.

We stereotype in a multitude of other ways. Stereotypes freeze us into time. They limit our ability to communicate, understand and move forward. When we stereotype we make a generalization that limits productivity and success.

I'm so grateful I got to spend a Sunday on the Southside of Chicago. The next time I hear about a Chicago crime, murder or other violent acts I will have some lovely people on my mind and I will be praying and thinking with them about how we all need to work together to rise above the stereotypes and the problems and make this world better.

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Glenn Mollette is an American Syndicated Columnist , Speaker and Author. He is the author of eleven books and read in all fifty states. Enjoy Books By Glenn Mollette at Amazon.com ...purchase his songs at iTunes.com For speaking engagements contact Glenn Mollette at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Read more at Facebook.com/glennmollette
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From Rep. Lew Nicholls

Kentucky’s Medicaid expansion has been good for us. 

Since the 2014 implementation of the Kentucky health exchange known as kynect and Kentucky’s Medicaid expansion under the federal Affordable Care Act, the state’s uninsured rate for its nonelderly citizens has fallen 12 percent—from 18.8 percent in 2013 to 6.8 percent in 2015—and over 439,000 adults have received coverage through Medicaid. Thousands of these new Medicaid recipients are right here at home, where enrollment in the program has grown by over 3,493 people in Greenup County and 4,985 people in Boyd County in the past two years. 

Rep. Lew NicholsThis same success has been seen across the entire 4th Congressional District where the percentage of uninsured individuals has fallen 4.5 percent since 2013, from 12.4 percent in 2013 to 7.9 percent in 2014. That’s success!

Most of these newly insured neighbors are working adults who now have fewer sick days and more income because they can spend more time on the job. They work in food service, sales, construction, production, health care, office administration, personal care and support and other fields that keep our communities strong. Expanded coverage under the ACA and Medicaid expansion gives them the support they need in return. 

Now that coverage is threatened. 

Besides carrying through with his plans to dismantle kynect, Governor Matt Bevin is seeking a federal waiver to replace expanded Medicaid in the state with a new program called Kentucky HEALTH. The waiver would not change coverage for many traditional Medicaid enrollees (the aged, blind and disabled) but would create a new program for nondisabled adults and children including those covered before the Medicaid expansion, pregnant women, children, medically frail adults and those 400,000 plus adults who joined Medicaid under the expansion. All of these groups except for pregnant women and children covered under traditional Medicaid and KCHIP would be subject to premiums or copays with a work requirement added for non-medically frail adults and non-pregnant women and children, unless the person subject to the work requirement is a primary caretaker of a dependent. Adults who were added to the state Medicaid rolls under the expansion would also have a change in benefits, receiving state employee benefits instead of Medicaid benefits and being eligible for vision and dental benefits through a separate “My Rewards” program. 

If you want to know what the proposed waiver means to those who care for Kentucky’s disadvantaged populations, you really need look no further than a statement issued on July 26 of this year by Kentucky Voices for Health, a coalition of health advocates statewide including such powerful groups as the Catholic Conference of Kentucky, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, American Lung Association, Family Health Centers and many others. They stated collectively that, “Governor Bevin’s proposed 1115 waiver puts Kentucky’s successful Medicaid expansion and the coverage of nearly half a million Kentuckians at risk. It will mean less coverage and more barriers for the most vulnerable Kentuckians, including veterans, people with disabilities, ... low income workers and families. It would be a giant step backwards for Kentucky.”

If you want to know what the proposed waiver means to those thousands of new non-disabled adults added to the Medicaid rolls in our counties under the expansion, well, we already have the answer: high premiums or copays, fewer benefits and other means tests. 

If you want to know what the proposed waiver means to the future of Kentucky Medicaid, one answer can be found on a fact sheet titled “Proposed changes to the Medicaid expansion in Kentucky” published by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. The fact sheet states: “Projected Medicaid enrollment will decrease over the five year waiver period due to beneficiary noncompliance with program requirements, such as premium payments or employment.”

So, Kentucky has a choice. We can look out for our neighbors—the hundreds of thousands of already hard-working Kentuckians who benefit from expanded Medicaid--by offering them the coverage they need to stay well and earn an income, or we can look the other way. I think we need to look upward and keep Kentucky moving ahead, toward a brighter future for us all. 

Please, let your voices be heard on this matter. Contact Governor Bevin through his official website at http://governor.ky.gov/Pages/contact.aspx and tell him what you want for your neighbors and for all of Kentucky. I’ll talk to you soon. 

Rep. Lew Nicholls 

98th District State Representative

Lilly King - The Most Unifying Force In History?

By Glenn Mollette


The new Queen of Evansville, Indiana is Lilly King. The 19-year-old Reitz High School graduate and Indiana University sophomore swimming star, unleashed a record setting gold medal swim in the women's 100M breaststroke in Rio de Janeiro. Her time of 1:04.93 placed her ahead of second place finisher Yulia Efimova of Russia and 76 one hundredths of a second ahead of fellow American and bronze medal winner Katie Meili.

Recently during her freshman year at IU Lilly was named the Big Ten Swimmer of the Year, earned four All-America honors, First-Team All-Big Ten, and Big Ten Freshman of the year. At the NCAA 2016 finals, she was crowned the NCAA Champion in the 100M breaststroke (56.85) and 200M breaststroke (2:03.59). The performance established King as one of the best short course yards breaststroke swimmers in history, setting the America, NCAA, NCAA Meet, U.S. Open, Indiana school, Big Ten, and Georgia Tech Pool records in winning the NCAA titles.

While Lilly King has been a leading story on national television, the local Evansville, Indiana media has exploded with thunderous accolades and applause. Local television, state newspapers and of course her high school and many friends have been popping buttons in pride and rightly so. The local Evansville Courier & Press currently has a headline running that says, "Lilly King: the most unifying force in Evansville history." That within itself is an amazing statement. While that statement seems more than incredible I can actually nod my head in belief. Most town and communities are always fighting about something. It's very hard to get a large majority to agree about anything in any city it seems. Few political leaders are considered heroes today. If you are in public office, 50% of the people tolerate you and the other 50% hate you. How could anybody ever aspire to run for public office and face such disdain? Yet, if Lilly King announced her candidacy for Congress tomorrow she would probably win because she is a winner. People love winners. Americans embrace winners.

Do you remember the 1996 Atlanta Olympic games? The world took a deep breath in pride and love when the cameras showed the king of all heavy weight fighters and Olympic gold medalist Muhammad Ali lighting the Olympic Cauldron flame. While Ali had certainly been defeated and knocked down he will always be remembered as the champ. Look at the city of Cleveland, Ohio. The Cavaliers won the first professional championship since 1964 when the Cleveland Browns and Jim Brown captured the National Football League Championship. LeBron James led the way to the NBA victory and he is certainly the most embraced and loved person in Cleveland, Ohio today. People love winners.

A major difference with athletes and politicians is that athletes perform and politicians usually talk. Politicians make lots of promises but seldom cross the finish line. Someone like Lilly King, Michael Phelps, Simone Biles, Gabby Douglas or any one of our many other beloved athletes cross the finish line and even bring home the gold. They are forever enshrined into the hearts of Americans. Forever cherished and loved.

Maybe if Lilly King is the most unifying force in the history of Evansville then maybe for a few days or even weeks the Olympics will unify some of our country. We desperately need something to unify us.

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Glenn Mollette is an American Syndicated Columnist , Speaker and Author. He is the author of eleven books and read in all fifty states. Enjoy Books By Glenn Mollette at Amazon.com ...purchase his songs at iTunes.com For speaking engagements contact Glenn Mollette at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Read more at Facebook.com/glennmollette

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FRIDAY, AUGUST 12, 2016

Trump still offers no details on help for coal; leading coal backer says 'He needs to be tempered'

Trump was in Abingdon, Va., Wednesday. (AP photo)

ABINGDON, Va. -- Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump keeps saying he will reverse President Obama's policies and put coal miners back to work, but he has yet to say how he would that, and one of his main supporters says Obama has done so much damage to the industry that most jobs won't come back.

"He will help the coal industry all he can," coal operator Robert Murray told West Virginia MetroNews "Talkline" host Hoppy Kercheval. "But I think he actually has to be tempered because I don’t think he can do all for coal that he says he wants to do, like bring all the miners back. It will never happen. The Obama administration has destroyed the markets for the coal industry to the extent that it can’t come back to where it was. But the destruction can be stopped." Murray's remarks, which included a charge that federal mine inspectors are harassing his companies, were reported by Ken Ward Jr. of the Charleston Gazette-Mail.

Trump was in Southwest Virginia on Wednesday to meet with coal miners and executives and speak to a rally. "Trump’s intimate discussion with miners at an industrial garage was a rare departure from the massive rallies and speeches that have characterized his campaign," reports Andrew Cain of the Richmond Times-Dispatch. "He returned to the rally setting shortly after in nearby Abingdon and lamented that coal workers don’t vote in larger numbers."

"He mostly did a good imitation of Casey at the bat — he struck out," The Roanoke Times said in an editorial. "Trump could have elaborated on his Detroit speech and explained how his economic program would result in increased use of coal. He did not. Instead, he merely repeated the same bromides he’s said all along: 'We’re going to put the miners back to work.' Great. How? Trump never said."

"His is a campaign based on faith, not facts," the newspaper said. "Here are some inconvenient facts that will make it difficult for even a pro-coal president to revive the coal industry:

Global coal consumption is declining. It fell last year by 1.8 percent — the largest decline since the mid-1960s, when such data started being collected. One of the reasons that the Bristol-based Alpha Natural Resources had to declare bankruptcy was that it was banking on China being a big growth market for coal exports. China is, after all, the world’s biggest consumer of coal. But even China has cut its coal imports by 30 percent."

Trump "also said some things that were simply, well, strange," the editorial went on:

“Clean coal,” he started to say at one point. Was he going to talk about how his administration would invest in research to develop “clean coal” — the idea that carbon can be captured from the emissions and put to other uses rather than burned off into the atmosphere? There is such research going on – some of it taking place in the Virginia coalfields, led by Virginia Tech researchers. Instead, Trump never completed the thought: “You look at China, the amount of energy they’re using coal for. They’re not cleaning it. Believe me. … We have a very small planet compared to the rest of the universe.” That sounds like something an environmentalist might say. What point was Trump trying to make? Does he think clean technology is worth investing in? Does he think clean coal is a fiction and we should burn coal anyway? We still don’t know. If he believes the former, this was once again a missed opportunity. Which candidate has actually called for increasing federal funding into clean coal research? Umm, Clinton. . . . The global economy is a complicated thing — in which some foreign companies provide American jobs, and some American jobs are dependent on the health of economies overseas. Trump gave no indication in Abingdon that he understands that.

Written by Al Cross Posted at 8/12/2016 10:40:00 AM

Olympics, Trump and Number One American Success Rule

 

By Glenn Mollette

The Olympics are big news these days. We are excited to see how many medals Michael Phelps and all the athletes will bring home. From soccer to swimming to basketball and so much more, this is such a great world event. Hopefully for a couple of weeks Americans can rally behind our athletes and experience unity and national pride.

The teams who do well in Rio de Janeiro will be the teams who are unified. Unity means working together, helping each other, speaking well of each other and to each other. This means a good spirit, a good attitude and relaying manners and congeniality. This is the kind of stuff that helps teams win. Division and animosity divide and defeat. The latter is what we see so much of in America.

Democrats have had their share of diversity with emails, controversies and the many who have supported Bernie Sanders over Hillary Clinton. The Republican Party is taking the cake this year in division. If Trump loses the election, which polls are indicative, it will be because of the Republicans who just simply will not find a way to embrace and help each other. Even the Bible teaches us that a divided house cannot stand.

Division has always existed as a part of life. This is certainly one reason we have two major political parties and additional parties such as The Libertarians and others. We are divided and have different ideas. Counties divide over issues, as do states. We divide on healthcare, guns, military, welfare and much more. We divide on religion. There is too much resentment, finger pointing and hate in religious groups today. However, the churches and groups who have embraced love and unity are doing very well.

Division ends multiple marriages today. People find it easier than ever to walk away from marriage. Many people will go through two or three marriages and more before life is over. While often there is no other way than divorce generally it doesn't spell prosperity. Many never financially recoup one divorce and then to add other divorces seldom spells lasting financial security. However, of course it's better to divorce than to destruct.

Why can't we all just work it out and get along? We cringe when we see sports teams hassling among themselves; unable to play together and win. We cringe when we see Trump, Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney and these big boys act like babies. Please get over it and grow up. Pull together, play as a team and at least make your party proud.

There is one key rule to any success in America - unity. Enough people have to pull together to make victory happen. When enough people, get on the same team, pulling in the same direction, success and victory will happen.

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Glenn Mollette is an American Syndicated Columnist , Speaker and Author originally from Inez, Ky.. He is the author of eleven books and read in all fifty states. Enjoy Books By Glenn Mollette at Amazon.com ...purchase his songs at iTunes.com For speaking engagements contact Glenn Mollette at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Read more at Facebook.com/glennmollette
This column does not necessarily reflect the view of any organization, institution or this paper or media source.