Sunday’s two-page color advertisements for Kroger in both the Courier-Journal and the Lexington Herald-Leader were pushing several of Hazard’s Rebekah Grace’s products, and two of the featured items, the no bake cookies as well as the mild and hot salsa are marketed under Ms. Grace’s name. As was mentioned in the article this publication recently did on Ms. Grace’s work, she is one of the main pushers of organically and small farm produced crops and food items in the whole state. In visiting with Ms. Grace, it was most evident she was very dedicated to her work, and one can only imagine the appreciation the “mom and pop” farm operators all across Kentucky have for Hazard’s Rebekah Grace.
Hazard and Perry County are bound to be the center of much interest and attention all across Kentucky due to the upcoming special State Senate race to fill the seat vacated by Dr. Daniel Mongiardo when he was named the state’s Lt. Governor. With both candidates, Scott Alexander and Brandon Smith being from Hazard, and the seat being filled is that of our present Lt. Governor, we are bound to be at the forefront until election day, which is February 5.
It is no secret that our state, our country and the world as a whole are faced with lots and lots of problems, but along with the problems, we are blessed with people who will know how to work with these problems that will bring about much good for our generation as well as generations to come. It is nothing short of a responsibility that each of us think seriously every time we go to the polls to vote for the best possible candidate to work with all the problems as well as advantages before each of us.
There is a strong possibility that we as a country might be in for more upsets or changes than have been the case for many generations. The United States has enjoyed being the leader of industrialization, banking and the “good life” for so long we have more or less gotten accustomed to being in the forefront, but from what we read and hear, our “running the show” might be seeing some rough roads in the not too distant future. It appears as though China as well as several of the smaller Asian countries are on the border of taking over in many of the areas in which we have led the globe for years far before our memory.
I know that there is no way we can literally or figuratively build a wall around our holdings to secure our position in the world, but certainly we need to elect leaders that will do on a global scale what Hazard’s Rebekah Grace has done for the food industry in Kentucky, and that is support our local industries rather than thinking it will save us a nickel to resource out to another country something that can be done equally as well right here at home.
I am no scholar on any subject, and that is especially so when I think about the Bible, but I have long thought that Exodus 20-12, which says “Honour thy father and they mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee,” which we all know as one of The Ten Commandants could well be expanded further than just our biological Mom and Daddy. With that in mind, I think we need to take care of our own, and one way of doing that is to make sure we exercise our right on election day by going to the polls and voting for the person we think and hope is the best candidate for the office for which they are running.
To end on a totally different subject, we all need to remember that the schools are back in session after the Christmas break, and with that being the case, we all need to remember to be extremely careful when passing a school bus or school. After all our school’s students are our future, and we need to do all we can to insure their safety during their growing-up years.