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Crit Luallen speaks to Campbellsville/Taylor Co. Chamber

She issues challenge to local leaders to correct some disturbing realities about the Commonwealth
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By Linda Waggener

Former Kentucky State Auditor Crit Luallen was the guest speaker yesterday, Thursday, January 10, 2013, at the Campbellsville/Taylor County Chamber of Commerce, delivering a challenge to work to change some very disturbing statistics about Kentucky.

She spoke of the frustration since going to work for Wendell Ford straight out of college in 1974 and watching our state take two steps forward and three steps backward. In her address, she said that all must renew a commitment to grow to each one's potential of excellence.

She called for the highest levels of integrity and vision from both the political leaders and individuals to move Kentucky forward. Her message to community members was about being accountable individually even as our leaders are held accountable.

She asked, "Are we really comfortable with, and able to sleep at night, with our state of Kentucky...
  • "Having the fifth highest poverty rate in nation with one in four children living in poverty?

  • "Leading the nation last year in child abuse and neglect?

  • "Having the fastest growth of inmate population in America, largely led by results of drug abuse?

  • "Being among the worst in the nation in diseases of heart, lung and cancer?

  • "Being a state where 20 kids enter the ninth grade but only 3 will graduate college?"
Luallen has a distinguished record of public service, including two terms as state auditor. She remains active in Kentucky politics and leadership and is a newly appointed member of the board of Community Trust Bank headquartered in Pikeville, KY, with locations in Campbellsville and Columbia, She is also a member of the Centre College Board of Trustees. - Linda Waggener, Campbellsville University

This story was posted on 2013-01-11 16:50:12
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Crit Luallen speaks to Campbellsville/Taylor Co. Chamber

2013-01-11 - Campbellsville, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener, CU photo.
Retired state auditor Crit Luallen red jacket is pictured with leaders of the Campbellsville/Taylor County Chamber of Commerce where she was guest speaker at this week's monthly luncheon. From left are McMahan, Team Taylor County director; Chris Kidwell, chamber president; John Chowning, Campbellsville University vice president for church and external relations and executive assistant to the president; speaker Luallen; Campbellsville Mayor Tony Young and chamber director Judy Cox. (photo by Linda Waggener)

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