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Telling It Like It Is

I've never been particularly shy about sharing my opinion on just about anything with just about anybody.  Welcome to my "Telling It Like It Is" pages.  The opinions contained on this page are my own and do not reflect anyone else's view including in many cases that of either my wife or my family (they have their own minds and know how the think and speak for themselves).  I love to debate, however, I refuse to get into it with anonymous internet trolls.  If you aren't willing to use your own name, do me a favor and don't use mine.  I'd like to think that most people are man or woman enough to put on their big boy/girl pants and to identify themselves but sadly that isn't true in a lot of cases.  Even if you do identify yourself, I also refuse to get into childish name calling.  As soon as you use terms like "that's stupid" or "you're an idiot", the discussion (because it is no longer a discussion anyway - it's grade school name calling content now) is over because I also refuse to get into that type of dialog.  The same goes with using terms like "leftie" or "socialist" (particularly by people who don't even understand what socialism is) or any other "label".  If you read through some of these pages you'll quick see that I (like a lot of people) are not "one size fits all". 

Liberal or Conservative?

My opinion on a lot of things surprises a great number of people.  For some reason most people think that since I am a retired veteran that I hold ultra right wing views on just about everything.  Nothing could be further from the truth!   If you read on you will quickly see that my views cover the entire range.  I am quite "conservative" on some topics and rather "liberal" on others (particularly social issues).  I do not subscribe to any certain ideology and rather prefer to think for myself.  Frankly I try not to label people and I know I don't like being labeled.  I put the terms conservative and liberal in quotes because I really don't like either.  Besides, many people who call themselves one of these really don't even know what they mean.

Just out of curiosity, I took a couple of those tests you find on Facebook from time to time titled "How Conservative/Liberal Are You".  My scores on three tests ranged from 48 to 58 percent liberal with the average 52%.  Considering that I have no idea what algorithm was used and that the questions were often poorly written I was still impressed that the results were very similar and actually about what I expected; that I am neither one and it depends entirely on the issue.

Before we get started, I think it's important to understand a few terms I may use.  When I either strongly support or strongly oppose something it means that I care enough about the subject to take definite action including writing letters and editorials as well as attending public meetings as well as talking the subject up at any opportunity.  Some examples include drug testing of high school students (strongly oppose), legalizing industrial hemp (strongly support) and the recent effort to build an airport in Spencer County (strongly oppose).  When I support or oppose something, it generally means that while I am either for or against, I do not feel that if my side loses that it's the end of the world.  Basically it is not a deal breaker.  This shouldn't be confused with being neutral on a subject.  By that I honestly mean it doesn't matter to me one way or another.  That's actually not a good attitude since often times we ignore important things just because they don't directly impact us in any way.  It's odd how things we don't think might be of concern can in fact turn out the other way.

You can visit my individual pages by clicking on the tabs above or for a quick synopsis read on below.  Please note that some of these topics are quite local in nature while others very global.

School Security is still a hot topic again in light of recent events.  Sure it can be improved but more guns aren't the answer. 

During the 2013 legislative session, Kentucky enacted a law to give local school boards the ability to raise the high school dropout age to 18. This is not unique to Kentucky so I have left my thoughts on this posted.  As it stands right now that's a bad idea. Not because getting kids to graduate from high school isn't a good thing, but because the way things are in most places we just aren't ready - yet.  Fortunately it's a convoluted "local option" type deal.  Check out my thoughts here.

While I no longer reside in Spencer County, KY I have left a few of my pages intact for now mostly for historical reference.  Read about it by clicking the "Spencer Co Politics" tab to the upper right.

While I lived in Kentucky, twice I have spoken against the idea of drug testing in our schools.  I still think drug testing in general is a bad idea unless you have a compelling reason (which most who advocate it don't have - other than for them to profit from it).  Check it out by clicking on the School Drug Testing tab.  I was also featured on a WAVE-3 report on student drug testing.  I was both surprised and happy to find that the story was aired on several other RAYCOM media stations in the southeast.  Check me out here!

Should marijuana be legal (or at least decriminalized)?  You may be surprised at my opinion on the topic (hint: my answer is YES!).  Click the tab to see it in full.

What about Industrial Hemp?  It never ceases to amaze me how shortsighted we can be.  Even if you totally oppose the legalization of marijuana, industrial hemp is not the same thing.

Although it's not THE solution, it sure could help - so why aren't we pushing for more American Ethanol?  Seems like a no-brainer to me.

You can check out the rest of my opinions by clicking on the appropriate tab above.  Again, you may be surprised at how I feel about some issues.  Remember the irritate part?  This might just do it for a lot of people.
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