Congratulations to Danville native Tierra Kavanaugh Turner on being named by Gov. Ernie Fletcher to head the new Governor's Office for Minority Empowerment.
The 29-year-old businesswoman owns the Louisville-based Executive Courier Express, which she started three years ago while still an employee of American Express. She's just the kind of intelligent, energetic person needed to bring about concrete results - rather than political rhetoric - in improving employment opportunities for minorities in Kentucky.
Fletcher was criticized last week by state Sen. Georgia Davis Powers, who said he had not placed enough minorities in high-ranking positions in state government. Turner's appointment, however, underscores what the governor has said many times in the past: He intends to make the goal of improving economic opportunities for all Kentuckians the top priority of his administration.
Again, emphasizing concrete proposals rather than political rhetoric, Fletcher noted, in announcing Turner's appointment, that of 1,200 summer jobs available last year at state parks and resorts, only 11 were filled by minority applicants. That's a dreadful record, and we're glad Turner is committed to a "very aggressive campaign" to increase the number of minorities in those jobs.