Gov. Kay Ivey has provided highly outstanding leadership and exceptionally effective management as the state’s chief executive. Many people believe the primary reasons that she has been so successful, are due to her core values such as honesty, integrity, trust, accountability, responsibility and prudent decision making.
Numerous citizens over the years have been very impressed by her patriotic speeches presented to numerous organizations throughout the state. Her personal North Star and her guidance systems appear to be anchored by God and country.
Her reputation is impeccable and her sphere of influence is boundless. Her cabinet selections are excellent. Due to her very high standards and limitless goal-setting, she has amassed a powerful following not only in Alabama, but across the United States.
Earlier this year, according to the Morning Consult Poll, Gov. Ivey is the third most popular governor within the United States. Only the governors of Massachusetts and Maryland scored higher. The sampling was gained by asking 275,000 registered voters in all 50 states.
Gov. Ivey constantly makes us proud again and again. Her awesome mannerisms are exemplified daily when she treats all citizens as distinguished visitors and VIP’s. Send her a letter on Friday, the reply will be in your sitting in your home mail box on Tuesday.
A new excitement and high energy started when Gov. Ivey became the chief executive. Some local citizens started writing people in Washington, D.C. such as the U.S. Secretary of Education, Dr. Betsy Devos. Starting a fuss about the great job that our new governor is doing concerning education, also in her position as the president of the state board of education.
Other examples of her outstanding leadership and excellent management skills were demonstrated when as the chief architect of the F-35 task force, she led the landing of the F-35s in Montgomery. She had support from all levels of government.
Due to the high level of trust in Gov. Ivey and the F-35 committee many of the local citizens and Air Force retirees started making another fuss by forwarding letters to the Secretary of the Air Force explaining that the best civilian leadership in the country, and most outstanding military leadership is already in place in Montgomery and at Maxwell-Gunter and Dannelly Field.
The citizenry wanted two things.
First, land the F-35s.
Secondly, also respectfully ask Air Force military leadership along with the Secretary of the Air Force to promote Col. Randle Efferson to brigadier general. His positive foot prints are all over the local area. Many military retirees started writing, calling and texting former commanders.
Remember, “Air Force wingmen are always there when you need them.” That statement is a true fact. Due to her following Gov. Ivey, she got us the two things that the citizenry wanted.
Concerning Gov. Ivey’s stance on keeping the historical monuments is place. As an African-American, I strongly support her. Being a fellow Southerner from North Carolina, I personally know about the Sons of Confederate Veterans and Daughters of the American Revolution. There are many great individuals in these organizations.
As a boy growing up on the North Carolina coast I have never had to pay to go deep sea fishing, go out on shrimp trawlers, fishing boats and scallop boats. The persons providing these free rides were whites who also had pride in their Confederate history.
In Montgomery, I met a respectful gentleman who was a local commander of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. I often visited his home. He also helped me get into the vending business when I was working on my master’s degree. Mr. George Gayle is deceased now. I hug his son John every time I see him. Mr. Gayle’s son Tim was a longtime sports writer with the Advertiser.
Mr. Gayle would spend hours at the Alabama Department of Archives and History in Montgomery. I have never met anyone who could match his knowledge on Civil War History. The Gayle family is an awesome family. I apologize to those who don’t want to hear good news about the white Confederates. I have no bad stories to pass along.
Finally, all the citizenry would like Gov. Ivey to continue is, do what is right for our country, state, county and cities. She has earned an A+ in all areas.
In closing, when people ask what is all of this positive fuss about Gov. Kay Ivey? Also, why is Gov. Kay Ivey so special? Hand them a copy of this column.
Glenn Henry is retired from the U.S. Air Force and he taught high school Information Technology courses for the 2017-2018 school year. He lives in Montgomery.
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