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OPINION: Not goodbye, but see you later

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By Kenny Fogle

This is it. For awhile anyway.

For the past eight years I have had the honor to being a regular community columnist for this newspaper. I have described it in many ways as contributing to my neighbors in Nelson County by highlighting issues and doing my best to educate and inform and possibly make a difference. I have described it as a way of expressing myself on ideas and opinions that mean a lot to me and I feel the need to share it with others. But most of all, I have described it as a personal therapy, my way of getting something off my chest and doing something that I love, and that is writing about the issues of today, spirituality, history and whatever other subject seems relevant at the time.

After writing these columns, just over 100 or so, and publishing a book last year, I don’t think I have any secrets left and if some don’t know my thoughts on any matter, then they are just not paying attention. I care deeply about the subjects I write about and have a high regard for a free press and the First Amendment to the Constitution. To me, the job of someone in the media is sacred and part of a higher purpose to serve not only as a news source to their consumers but to be a watchdog for any wrong or any misdirection our government or those with powerful influence may exercise over the general population.

I am a cynic. More so today than I was when I was younger, but after working in the media for several years, working in state government and the military for more than two decades and being involved in charitable fundraising for over 30 years, I have lost a degree of faith. Not in people, but in institutions, in our government. People helping people and being there when they are needed is evident in a personal setting, but when you get big organizations or government agencies involved, special interests, large donors to politicians and people with the lust for power, it seems to dominate how things are done. I have seen how decisions are made at the highest level in Kentucky. Access to a governor or senator often means donating large amounts of money, belonging to a political action committee or having friends in high places. The average person, no matter how smart or noble he or she is, seems to be lost in the din of noise coming from the high and mighty. Even in social services, the need for change in how to help those in need, those suffering from the ills of poverty, are drowned out by those in the business of keeping their jobs and making sure the bureaucratic machines keep humming and people in need become dependent upon them to the point they cannot exist without one another. Greed, money and power dominate in the corporate and government world.

I have always been one to try and put my actions to work and not just idly talk and complain. So, for now, I am hoping to make a career change in order to try and do my part in making some difference. For that reason, I will need to suspend my columns for The Kentucky Standard for a bit. Writing has been a passion for me and will continue to be for as long as I can type. It has been a great chapter in my life to work in the media, and although I may disagree, strongly at times, with reporters and editors on matters that are in the news or on the opinion page, I will fight to my last breath for their right to do so.

Please keep me in your thoughts and prayers, and may God bless each of you. Thank you for reading my ideas and concerns. It has been my honor and a pleasure.