TACKLE Upcoming Event in the Works!

It has been over 3 years since TAC4 Solutions hosted a TACKLE event, and now we are coming back with lots of energy.  We are planning our next event for April or May 2017 on the heated topic of Sanctuary Jurisdictions.

With President Trump’s executive order that threatens to withhold federal funding from Sanctuary Jurisdictions, the public is having a heated exchange on the soul of the nation versus the protection of the nation.  Much of this debate is laced with accusation and assumption of bad motives from those on the other side.  Such political climate is a perfect landscape for TACKLE with TAC4, where we tackle the issues, not each other™.

Stay tuned for details on this exciting event


December 3, 2013 TACKLE Event – Kentucky Charter Schools – – in full on YouTube!

You can now view our December TACKLE with TAC4 event on Charter Schools in Kentucky in full on YouTube! A really great event, thanks to our excellent panelists and their commitment to our ground rules.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7dipI1cUfBY&feature=youtu.be

Many thanks to Dr. Craig Meredith (former Superintendent, Triad Local Schools, North Lewisburg, OH) and Dr. Wayne Lewis (Assistant Professor, University of Kentucky and board member for Kentucky Charter School Association) for serving as our panelists as we discuss whether Charter Schools should be allowed in Kentucky.

Thanks to Joe Luttrell (EQ Seminars), Deanna Philpott (People Strategy Consulting), and Donna Grant (TAC4 Solutions) for serving as TACKLE coaches.

Thanks to Denver Bays for providing excellent filming.

TACKLE – December 3 – Charter School

You are invited   to attend:

TACKLE with TAC4  

Tuesday, December 3, 2013 from 6:00 PM8:30 PM

The Bluegrass Institute and TAC4 Solutions team together to PRESENT
“Free To Learn” a debate series designed to
  TACKLE the issue of charter schools in Kentucky.”

Tuesday, December 3, 2013 Event Details

Discussion Topic

  • Should Kentucky allow Charter Schools?


  • Linda Duncan, School Board Member, Jefferson County Public Schools
  • Dr. Wayne Lewis, Jr.,  Asst. Professor, University of Kentucky

Event Details

  • Monologue from each panelist  
  • Individually by panelist, pursue the core needs, fears, and solutions of each panelist
  • Panelists discuss the issue together  
  • Audience participation

Linda Duncan

Linda Duncan has been a member of the Jefferson County Board of Education since 2006, having served as Vice-Chair in 2010.  A 1970 graduate of the University of Kentucky where she also earned her Masters Degree and a 1989 graduate of the University of Louisville’s Rank I program in Administration and Supervision,   Linda taught English and social studies in grades 7-10 at Fairdale High   School; then she taught English grades 9-12 for ten years at Southern High School before returning to Fairdale as assistant principal for the last ten   years of her career with Jefferson County Public Schools.  During her service as assistant principal, she chaired the School Climate Committee, the School Attendance Committee, and the Dress Code Committee while serving on   the Budget Committee and the Curriculum Committee.

Linda and her husband,   Dr. John Duncan, who serves as a financial advisor with Morgan-Stanley-Smith-Barney, have a son, Seth, who graduated from duPont Manual High School and a daughter, Rachel, who graduated from Fairdale High School, and they have three grandchildren, two of whom attend Medora Elementary,   where Linda also volunteers to tutor Every 1 Reads kindergarten students and   has done so since 2007.

In addition to her district school board position, Linda is serving her second term as an at-large Director on the Kentucky School Boards Association (KSBA), having   chaired the External/Member Relations Committee and having served on the Governance Committee, the Performance Oversight/Monitoring Committee, the Program and Planning Committee, the Legislative Agenda Committee, and   presently represents KSBA on the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) Principal Evaluation/Principal Effectiveness Task Force.  Last summer, she was selected by the Governor to serve a two-year term on the State Curriculum, Assessment, and Accountability Council.  She is a member of the National School Board Association (NSBA) Federal Relations Network (FRN)   Team, having lobbied Congress on three different trips to Washington with the FRN, and recently served as an at-large delegate to NSBA’s Delegate Assembly.

Other duties in her life include serving as secretary of her Yorktown North Neighborhood Association   and Treasurer of Epiphany United Methodist Church.  She is a member of the Fairdale Area Business and Professional Association, the Iroquois Area Business Association, and the Alumni Association of Fairdale High School.  She also serves on several school advisory councils and on the   Community Council of South Jefferson Neighborhood Place.  In addition to those duties, Linda is in her sixth year of service as an Every 1 Reads   volunteer at Medora Elementary, where two of her grandchildren attend school.

Dr. Wayne D. Lewis, Jr.

Dr. Wayne D. Lewis, Jr. is an educator, author, speaker, and education reform activist. He is the author of The Politics of Parent Choice in Public Education, and the forthcoming, Black Choice. His other recent writings include articles in Educational Policy, the American Journal of Education, and the Kentucky School Leader. He blogs regularly at the Education Policy Matter Blog and The   Black EduBlog.

Lewis is an Assistant Professor and Principal Leadership Program Chair in the Department of Educational Leadership Studies, and an affiliated faculty member with the African American and Africana Studies Program at the University of Kentucky.   He is a Co-Editor of the Kentucky Journal of Higher Education Policy and   Practice. Additionally, Lewis serves on the Board of Directors for the Kentucky Charter Schools Association.

Lewis has an undergraduate degree from Loyola University New Orleans, and graduate degrees from The University of Akron and North Carolina State University. Prior to entering academia, he worked as a middle and high school special education teacher in the New Orleans Public Schools, St. Charles Parish Public Schools (LA), and Wake County Public School System (NC).

Seven Ground Rules for Political Discourse™

  1. Show respect, with no hint of blame
  2. Assume positive intent from all on the other side
  3. Understand and care about the other side’s needs, fears, and proposed solutions
  4. Do not complain without offering solutions with realistic action steps that meet both sides’ needs
  5. Clarify opinion from fact
  6. Seek the truth and workable solutions over political positioning
  7. Where there are moral philosophical differences, clarify without accusation and move on


Please make sure you understand our Disclaimers and Policies before you register for this event.  There will be no exceptions.  By registering, you understand and agree to the terms and conditions set forth below:

1) TAC4 Solutions, LLC owns all rights, title, and interest in and to the service marks TAC4 Solutions and TACKLE with TAC4    Audience members agree not to use any designation confusingly similar thereto and to not claim an ownership of such marks

2) TAC4 Solutions, LLC owns all rights, title, and interest in and to any one or more copyrights associated with any of TAC4 Solutions productions, including the Seven Ground Rules for Political Discourse™, the slogan we tackle the issues, not each other, all writing, videotape, or in any other media format whatsoever

3) All voluntary dialogues must be conducted in a civil, respectful, and informative manner according to the Seven Ground Rules for Political Discourse™

4) All voluntary dialogues are subject to the intervention of the moderator, in his or her discretion, to enforce such guidelines by and among the participant, other speakers and the audience including, but not limited to, the possibility of the moderator expelling the   participant, other speakers or any persons in the audience who are disrespectful, rude, uncivil, disruptive, or who violate the Seven Ground Rules for Political Discourse™

5) TAC4 Solutions, LLC expressly reserves the right to reproduce, distribute to any party and use the productions in any manner it deems appropriate in accordance with the prudent journalistic guidelines, whether in video, print, or other media format, over the internet or otherwise; provided, however, in no event shall participant personally use and/or distribute to any third party any reproduction of the production, in any media or format, without the prior written consent of TAC4 Solutions, LLC

6) The participant consents to the perpetual use of his or her name and pictures in the reproduction, distribution, advertising and use of the productions

7) The participant shall not bring any type of lawsuit and/or assert claims against TAC4 Solutions, LLC, its members, managers, employees, agents or representatives, or any of its affiliates, absence the willful misconduct and/or malicious false actions of TAC4   Solutions, LLC; provided, however, in no event shall TAC4 Solutions, LLC be liable for any incidental, consequential, or special damages whatsoever.

8) No refunds of registration will be allowed except in the event of event cancellation.


Free to all attending (pending event capacity)

More Information





Heeren Hall is the performance space located on the second floor of Cooke Hall, which is the building on the corner of Lexington Rd. and Godfrey Ave. From Lexington Rd., turn onto Godfrey and Cooke Hall will be immediately on the left. Go beyond the building and turn left onto Aubert Avenue at the first stop sign onto Aubert Ave. to enter the parking lot. Cooke Hall is clearly marked, as are directions to Heeren Hall.

Directions   to SBTS: http://www.sbts.edu/documents/louisvillemap.pdf


Heeren Hall, 2nd     floor of Cooke Hall, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

2825 Lexington Road

Louisville, KY 40206


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August 27, 2013 TACKLE Event – GMO – – in full on YouTube!

You can now view our August TACKLE with TAC4 event on GMO in full on YouTube! Watch it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-KGsVnXQLsk

Thanks to Jennifer Elwell (Kentucky Corn Growers Association) and John Moody (Farm to Defense Legal Defense Fund) for their excellent panel discussion.

The results from pursuing their Needs, Fears, and Concerns are:

Jennifer Elwell


  • Ability to choose food
  • Ability for farmers to choose what to grow
  • Need for food production to be maximized to feed growing population
  • Reduce pesticide use (inputs)
    • Because of costs and health
  • Recognizing GMO is not the only scientific research going on
  • A better job of education about how GMOs work
  • Safety of farm workers through less chemical contact


  • If we block all GMOs, dramatic return to increase in inputs
  • Labeling would cause more consumer fear


  • Open conversation between neighboring farmers on planning seasons to prevent cross-pollination
  • Industry open to labeling
  • Continue/expand research into all available options
  • Third party studies

John Moody


  • Ability to choose food
  • Ability for farmers to choose what to grow
  • To differentiate hybridization and genetic modification
  • Level playing field
    • Subsidization tilts toward GMO crops
    • Government regulations favor monoculture farming
  • Need to protect against development of new allergies


  • Genetic drift
  • Health harm possibility
    • At a minimum, there are significant health concerns
  • History of false safety claims continue


  • Reduce amount of GMOs being planted
  • Ban GMOs until safety and benefits are clearly established
  • Designating portions of USA for organic farming and buffering areas
  • Level subsidy playing field

Audience Concerns


  • See details of studies – transparency
  • Labeling
  • Full disclosure as to what subsidies and companies are involved in studies
    • Adhere to what science says
    • Pass science laws
  • A stable land base with people working on land
  • Recognize that without GMOs we can reduce inputs with economic and health benefits


  • That the science is contaminated
  • Some illnesses that could come from GMOs might not be obvious in short-term tests
  • Corporate control of seeds and inputs will erode agricultural land base, viability, and prices
  • Suicide seeds


  • Remove all subsidies

August 27, 2013 TACKLE Event – GMO vs. non-GMO

Dear friends:
Are you frustrated with the tone of political discourse?  Do you hunger for reasoned discussion on current political events where people actually listen to the points of the other side?  TAC4 Solutions invites you to our next TACKLE with TAC4 event on August 27, 2013 to discuss Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO).



Tuesday, August     27, 2013




GMO     vs. non-GMO: Biotech hype or anti-tech hysteria   


  • Jennifer Elwell, Director of Communications, Kentucky Corn Growers Association
  • John Moody, Board member, Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund


Ursuline Arts Center
3114 Lexington Road, Louisville, KY 40206


$8.90 for preregistered guests
$10.00 at the door


First 500 registrants



Please print the confirmation page on the registration site and bring with you as a ticket for entrance to the event.  For additional information, please check our website, Facebook page, and blog

Send this invitation to everyone you know who may be interested.  Thanks, and I hope to see you on August 27.  Let’s show the world that we really can respect people who disagree with us on difficult issues and work together to find good solutions.
T. Alan Claypool
President, TAC4 Solutions
About our Panelists

Jennifer Elwell

Jennifer Elwell, is the Director of Communications and Education for the Kentucky Corn Growers Association and the Kentucky Small Grain Growers Association.  She is also involved with the national CommonGround program; she writes a monthly column for Kentucky’s farm newspaper, The Farmer’s Pride; and she contributed to Michele Payn-Knoper’s book, No More Food Fights. Jennifer grew up on a small farm near Jeffersontown, Ky., graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in agriculture, and has two children.

John Moody

John Moody is an administrator for the Whole Life Buying Club in Louisville Kentucky, a board member for the Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund and the Farm Food Freedom Coalition, and a farmer. He is author of the Food Club and Co-op Handbook, columnist for the Wise Traditions Journal of the Weston A. Price foundation, and speaks at  conferences such as Mother Earth News. He is married to his lovely wife Jessica and with her shares the joys of raising four kids and living on a farm in rural Kentucky.

Seven Ground Rules for Political Discourse™

  1. Show respect, with no hint of blame
  2. Assume positive intent from all on the other side
  3. Understand and care about the other side’s needs, fears, and proposed solutions
  4. Do not complain without offering solutions with realistic action steps that meet both sides’ needs
  5. Clarify opinion from fact
  6. Seek the truth and workable solutions over political positioning
  7. Where there are moral philosophical differences, clarify without accusation and move on

Video from Prior Events

March 26, 2013 TACKLE Event – Immigration – in full on YouTube!

You can now view our March TACKLE with TAC4 event on Immigration in full on YouTube! Watch it here:

Thanks to Kate Miller (ACLU of Kentucky) and Tomás Mauricio (Advocates for America Radio Network) for their excellent panel discussion.

The results from pursuing their Needs, Fears, and Concerns are:

Kate Miller

  • Needs
    • Inclusive Policy
      • Most people currently in US have benefits and responsibilities of citizens
  • Fears
    • Exploitation from employers
    • Civil liberties of immigrants and citizens
    • Harsh realities faced by human beings
    • Families broken apart
  • Solutions
    • Quicker or fairer path to citizenship

Tomás Mauricio

  • Needs
    • Simplify current law
    • Everyone should have the opportunity to immigrate here that wants to
  • Fears
    • Elitism in policy
    • Creating an explosion illegal immigration
  • Solutions
    • Throw out laws as is
    • Replace with simpler and enforceable laws
      • Ideal: two pieces of paper to fill out
      • E-verify or other technology

Additional Audience Concerns

  • Comments
    • Illegal Status IS against civil law
    • Need more emphasis that immigrants DO benefit society
    • Low work ethic of US citizens matched with abortion gives rise to the need for more immigrant resources
  • Questions
    • How does immigration affect national security?
    • Does immigration affect labor and wages?
    • Are there resource constraints?
    • Do welfare benefits make immigration unsustainable?
    • Is immigration resistance due to Anglo-Saxon fears of losing cultural power?