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The Public Papers of Governor Wendell H. Ford, 1971-1974

The Public Papers of Governor Wendell H. Ford, 1971-1974

W. Landis Jones Editor
Copyright Date: 1978
Edition: 1
Pages: 722
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    The Public Papers of Governor Wendell H. Ford, 1971-1974
    Book Description:

    This volume presents a record of the Ford administration. From among the many public speeches delivered by Wendell Ford during the three years he served as Governor, W. Landis Jones has chosen a representative sample that reflects the wide-ranging concerns of the Ford administration. Arranged topically, the volume covers subjects from government reorganization and party politics to health and welfare, education, highways, and energy and environment.

    This selection does not include executive orders or proclamations, since they are part of the preserved public record. The cross section of public speeches and press releases that are included provides an easily accessible source for historians to view the broad spectrum of issues that faced the people of the Commonwealth during the early years of the 1970s.

    Included also are appendixes that provide a complete listing of speeches delivered by Governor Ford during his term of office, a chart that shows the organization of Kentucky government at the end of the Ford administration, and a synopsis of the administration by Thomas L. Preston.

    eISBN: 978-0-8131-4769-7
    Subjects: Political Science, History, Language & Literature

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-v)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. vi-xix)
    (pp. xix-xix)
    R. F. S.
    (pp. xxi-xxii)
    (pp. 1-4)

    Wendell Hampton Ford was born September 8, 1924, in Daviess County, Kentucky. The son of the late State Senator and Mrs. Ernest M. Ford, he grew up on a farm in the rural Western Kentucky community of Thruston. He attended local public schools and was graduated from Daviess County High School.

    After graduation, Ford attended the University of Kentucky, but left school to serve in the United States Army during World War II. He was discharged with the rank of sergeant in 1946 and then attended the Maryland School of Insurance. Upon graduation in 1947, he returned to Owensboro to...

    (pp. 5-10)

    In speaking to you this afternoon, I want my inaugural address to be characteristic of the new administration. I shall not mince words. The attitude of my administration will be one where there is no patience for waste—waste of time, talent, energy, and resources. Let us therefore proceed directly to the heart of the matter, just as the new administration will be geared to a straight course of action, a course to be followed positively, practically, and beneficially to you. We have little time to cut the Gordian knot, because the Governor’s term in Kentucky is brief.

    There is...

    (pp. 11-88)

    During several occasions, I have been on your side of the speaker’s table during prelegislative conferences, listening to remarks by other Governors. Though I stand here now as the chief executive of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, in many respects I am still on your side of the table, for I have a clear understanding of your role and a firm belief in its vitality. Because of my tenure in the General Assembly, both as a Senator and as Lieutenant Governor, there is a close kinship within me to your responsibilities. I therefore appear tonight with deep conviction for the job...

    (pp. 89-164)

    The decision to remove political patronage matters from the Governor’s Office is strictly mine! It is my decision to place this necessary function under the administration of State Democratic Headquarters. I feel very strongly about the need to build the Democratic party. The way to do this is to have a well-organized, well-financed party at both the state and local levels. When the people see our party serving their needs, they will recognize our energies and concerns.

    There is a right way, and a wrong way, to operate state government in the interest of Kentucky and in the interest of...

    (pp. 165-210)

    An extremely serious matter has been brought to my attention by the Commissioner of Insurance, Harold B. McGuffey,¹ pertaining to certain irregularities and alleged violations of Kentucky Statutes in the conduct and operation of three domestic life insurance companies located in Louisville. If allowed to continue, these irregularities could have an adverse affect on the companies’ policyholders, creditors, public stockholders, and the general public. Therefore I have directed Mr. McGuffey to take every legal step necessary in this matter to protect the companies’ policyholders, public stockholders, creditors, and the general public.

    Today Mr. McGuffey has requested, and has obtained, from...

    (pp. 211-256)

    When any school term concludes, there is an evaluation process by teachers, relative to the achievements of students. I have frequently heard educators remark about this most difficult period, because they are conscious of a duty which involves their appraisal of a total performance. Anything less is not ethical, and I say without reservation, it is easy for a Governor to find empathy with such a task.

    As Chief Executive, it falls my lot to weigh carefully the total budgetary and legislative programs, both of which have tremendous impact on our entire society. Every citizen deserves equal consideration from a...

    (pp. 257-308)

    Those in attendance today reflect a theme I am interested in conveying throughout my administration—a theme of cooperation for the public good. When various groups work together, positive accomplishment becomes a possibility, rather than a probability. In this room are local officials, members of the legislative branch and the executive branch. Our purpose is a united effort to upgrade the criminal justice system in this state’s largest metropolitan area. It is my pleasure to announce several grants from the Kentucky Crime Commission to Louisville and Jefferson County for this expressed purpose. These grants total nearly a quarter of a...

    (pp. 309-356)

    One of the critical issues confronting the 1972 General Assembly will be the question of what becomes of the money to be raised through a severance tax on coal. As things now stand, it would appear that all of this money is to be placed in the General Fund where, if the past is any guide, it will become lost in general government. None of it, in other words, will be used to do anything other than to finance the routine and daily demands of government. The reason I have called this press conference today is to propose that at...

    (pp. 357-392)

    When I received an invitation to speak here today, some asked me to discuss my plans for state action in the area of farm and rural development. Most of you have heard me discuss these ideas before, hopes I have for rural Kentucky. As a candidate I could only advance proposals for your consideration. As your Governor, I can act in your best interest.

    History offers a very significant bench mark for the Democratic party on farm and rural development. The party I represent has traditionally served this segment of our society well. You saw a vast difference in the...

    (pp. 393-452)

    The other day, I ran across a code of conduct, written in 1815 for the four employees of Carson, Pirie and Company, now Carson, Pirie, Scott of Chicago. The owners had set forth these rules: “Store must be open from 6 A.M. to 9 P.M. the year round; store must be swept; counter base and showcases dusted; lamps trimmed, filled and chimneys cleaned; pens made; doors and windows opened; a pail of water, also a bucket of coal brought in before breakfast (if there is time to do so and attend to customers who call).” The rules went on. the...

    (pp. 453-480)

    What’s good for the travel industry is good for Kentucky! I say this, realizing it is not at all a new statement. But I say this to emphasize my intention, as your Governor, to ensure the finest travel industry possible in Kentucky. You will note a similar attitude in the Department of Parks; you will note a similar attitude in the Department of Public Information. You will find a responsiveness from other agencies, which on judgment day will be found unparalleled in their efforts to stimulate our travel industry.

    Consider these names: Peabody, Island Creek, U.S. Steel, and Bethlehem Steel....

    (pp. 481-536)

    The risk of one’s wearing out his welcome is when he makes frequent appearances before the same organization. You were kind enough to have me on the program last week. Now I show up again. This occasion, however, is highlighted by the installation of a close friend as president of your Chamber of Commerce. Therefore, it becomes a special event, and I am honored to be selected for a return appearance on this particular day.

    One of Wlison Wyatt’s unsurpassed skills is that of a public speaker.¹ He has the very rare ability to hold any audience in the palm...

    (pp. 537-568)

    It is a pleasure for me to be here today among so many friends—road builders, mayors, county officials, and university representatives. Collectively, we have something in common. We know we can’t please all the people all of the time.

    When it comes to making decisions on roads, we often find ourselves between a rock and a hard place. Now, however, we can make some people-oriented decisions, thanks to the responsibility shown by the Legislature in approving my recommendation for support of Kentucky’s road construction and maintenance programs. It was not an easy decision for me to make; and the...

    (pp. 569-604)

    Your role as professional journalists prompts a close association with government at all levels, including the evaluation of leadership. You express this through editorials, by-lined columns, and news articles appropriately designated as commentary. This is your right, this is your duty. It is also your duty and responsibility to evaluate and offer opinion based on a gathering of every relevant piece of material available which pertains to your subject of interest. Every politician, every person in government who faces the public spotlight, “thinks press.” This is a fact of life. This is a very natural reaction.

    As Governor of the...

    (pp. 605-648)

    It would be inappropriate for me to stand here, as part of you and as the chief executive of my state, if I failed to dwell on the theme of our meeting. So if you will permit some personal references and reflections, I would like to respond, to respond with pride, appreciation, and reverence, to the question: “What is right about America?”

    When a boy from Yellow Creek with only a high school education can experience the countless blessings, as I have, such a theme is easily magnified into other relevant questions: “What is good about America?” “How fortunate are...

    (pp. 649-652)

    Earlier today Senator Marlow Cook¹ resigned from the United States Senate, thus creating an interim vacancy. Although scheduled Senate sessions have been concluded in the ninety-third Congress, it is proper and in the appropriate course of guaranteeing full representation for Kentucky that this vacancy be filled immediately. As you know, several members of the Senate have either resigned or announced their intentions to do so before January 3.

    I am, therefore, resigning as Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky effective tomorrow. Lieutenant Governor Carroll² will assume the duties and responsibilities of Governor. He will appoint me to fill the unexpired...

  21. APPENDIX 1 The Ford Administration
    (pp. 653-657)
  22. APPENDIX 2 Organization Chart of Kentucky State Government at the End of the Ford Administration
    (pp. 658-659)
  23. APPENDIX 3 Speeches of Governor Ford
    (pp. 660-682)
  24. INDEX
    (pp. 683-698)