Hello Logan County! Glad to be back again and feeling good. Just wish there were more hours in a day so I could get more done.
Today is national “All Is Our Day”, national “Winston Churchill Day” and national “Name Yourself Day.” There is also a day of celebration for the explorer Ponce de Leon. What will they think of next?
I love Logan County and always want the best for it. One of the charms about this county is that it has not grown into a huge metro area like Nashville or even Bowling Green. You can get around in the county much like you could 25 or even 50 years ago. People are still friendly, children polite, schools good, roads better and churches open. Still the county does not grow.
The current county population on July 1, 2015 stood at 26,910. Just about the same as reported in 1900. Gone are the little community high schools, six movie theaters, 50 plus mom and pop groceries, a bowling alley, a post office at many cross roads, 50 churches, busy shopping districts in every town and village and small factories in each little village.
Our Logan County Economic Development Office has done good keeping jobs coming to the county. Our unemployment is lower than most surrounding counties. Our cost of living is also lower than many places in rural Kentucky. (Water is still too high!) There are 30 plus additional fast food restaurants, younger women tend to work and kids still are moving to the big cities.
Listed below are a few things that I think could really help the county: 1) A movie complex. 2) A bowling alley. 3) Small conference/ convention center. 4) A state junior college. 5) A four lane north-south highway. 6) Development of additional tourist sites such as a couple of caves, historic houses, walking trails and additional festivals. 7) A community train ride tour once a month from Russellville. 8) Logan County Investors that are willing to take a chance on helping our county.
My family has been involved in local, state and national elections since the founding of this country. I personally got involved as a child during World War II. I remember wearing a campaign hat at age 3 &1/2. By six I was reading the front page of the paper first and the comics last. In 1948 I watched on our sole TV as the Dixiecrats walked out on the National Democratic Convention. (Senator Strom Thurman of South Carolina led the movement.) I had to wake up my parents to let them know.
I have been a student and a teacher of American and World History almost all of my life. I am fascinated by this special thing we have in this country that is called a democracy. Some people understand it but far too many do not. It is so easy to see how foreign leaders have led their followers to dictatorships. It would appear that most folks are followers and not leaders. It takes courage to be a leader, to speak against wrong, to speak up for right, to stand for the principals for which we now say this country was founded for.
Never in my life time have I ever witnessed a national primary season like we have been having. It is truly unique! It is like a seesaw. Up and down, up and down. I think the current political season may force the country to reassess the guide lines for political party nominating of candidates. The money part is a national disgrace. It seems to be much about fooling the American voters. There seems to be good and bad in each of the candidates. The country is very split. What we may be seeing is a re-alignment of the parties or even new parties emerging. (This has gone on since the founding of this country.) Since the founding of our nation we have had at least eight political parties. Some have lasted only a few years and some like the Republican and Democratic Parties have lasted far longer but with ongoing changes.
I do think that after this election that there will be new national guidelines put into place that will straighten up the elections for a while. Political Action Committees raising huge amounts of money may eventually be in such distain that it may be done away with for at least a few decades. The future US Supreme Court may play a large role in this set of changes. Now there are so many rules, changing rules, dishonesty, and no two states following the same rules nor political parties within a state following the same rules. Time for change is almost here.
Donald Trump is certainly a character for all seasons. Historians will probably study this man for generations to come. Without a doubt he has single handedly rewritten the guidelines for presidential primaries. People seem to either love him or hate him. I now understand why he wears a bullet proof vest.
Trump seems to have strongly affected the US and World Press as well. The press used to take on a neutral position but with Trump much of the press is openly hostile to his cause. He still could win the Republican nomination if he can get enough delegates out of the remaining states. Either way there is probably going to be a split in the Republican Party.
Time to call it for the day. Next week, who will be the candidates and their running mates? Good night Mrs. Calabash where ever you are.
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