Sep 14, 07, 04:27 PM #1
Kentucky Strengths and Weaknesses (and I am not talking sports)The Dean at Murray State University, asked the following questions of his students at MSU, and I was wondering what you all thought.
As a so-called “key leader” in education for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, I recently received a questionnaire by a prestigious Kentucky organization and it consisted of only the three questions below. I was pondering how to answer the questions posed to me. Since I am still new to Kentucky I thought I would open it up to you for input as well. I will try to incorporate your thinking into my response back to the statewide group. The questions are as follows:
1. What, in your view, are Kentucky’s greatest strengths?
2. What are Kentucky’s most serious weaknesses?
3. What three changes/improvements/actions would you suggest to ensure a better future for the state?
I looking forward to hearing from each of you, whether you have always called Kentucky home or are a more recent transplant to the Commonwealth.
PS-Get some of your friends and classmates to get back on this thing. I’m trying to get back in the groove too as this new posting is a little late for when I wanted to get it on the blog…
Sep 14, 07, 04:30 PM #2I personally think that the diversity of the citizens of the Commonwealth, is one of Kentucky's greatest strengths. In just getting to know some other of the BGPs' posters, I have received a great education, in how the rest of the Commonwealth thinks and why they think like they do. Each area of the Commonwealth of Kentucky has so much to offer the rest of the Commonwealth, and each area is so different that each area can learn so much from the other. That is what is so great about Kentucky
I personally think that same diversity of the citizens of the Commonwealth is the most serious weakness, as I believe too many think about their own little corner of the Commonwealth and don't think about how and why it might be important to another part of the Commonwealth. We as citizens and our elected officials have to start to understand why each area is so different and we all need to learn to embrace that.
Education, Education, Education... Nothing is more important and nothing can help our Commonwealth as a highly educated young work force. We all in Kentucky need to understand that our youth and their needs for education need to come first, second, and third. Give a person a fish and he eats one meal, teach that person to fish and he eats the rest of his life. Education is the answer, and I am not just talking about College but trade schools, and voc educational classes. If our children are educated and or highly skilled, jobs will come, as finding a skilled and educated work force willing to work, is something most every employer dreams about.
Last edited by Theoldguy; Sep 14, 07 at 04:48 PM.
Sep 14, 07, 05:48 PM #3Originally Posted by Theoldguy
Sep 14, 07, 06:23 PM #4
1. I feel like Kentucky's strengths are its people and the land. The people are hardworking, hospitable & gracious. The land in Ky is beautiful. The mountains, lakes, and parks are breathtaking.
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2. Kentucky's most serious weaknesses include government corruption, taxes, and healthcare. It seems so much time is wasted in Ky politics pointing fingers. Taxes are unreal. So many people I know move to Ohio because of lower taxes. Healthcare should be affordable & accessible for all Ky residents. It shouldn't matter whether you are a man, woman, or child.
3. *Education should be affordable and accessible for all Ky residents who needs/wants an education. Teachers deserve to be paid well so they will stay in Ky and not be lured out of state for better pay/benefits.
*Corruption in government should not exist. Those involved in corruption should be removed from office and never allowed to serve in public office again whether its the Governor or County Constable.
*Hold government officials accountable. They are very good at passing the buck. For instance, in the county where I live they are hauling in garbage/waste from out of state. The county officials said that the deal was made in Frankfort and there was nothing they could do. Now garbage is coming in by the tons and nearby residents are putting up with the odor not to mention long term health effects(who knows what kind of waste is being transported in by rail):creepy: . The county does get money for this but at what cost to the residents. Its sad that our government officials have sold out KY to be a garbage dump. This was done behind the backs of the residents...it should have been publicized or maybe even voted on by the residents that it impacted.
Sep 14, 07, 10:14 PM #5
Weakness: accepting less than should be accepted in education, economics, and human relations.
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