KENT

Author Kent Politsch with his three companions, also known as the Shadows.

Author Kent Politsch with his three companions, also known as the Shadows.

After graduating from the University of Illinois with a degree in Radio/TV Communications, Politsch started his professional broadcasting career in Rock Island, Illinois, at WHBF-TV. After a brief try in Hollywood, he returned to his hometown — Pawpaw, Illinois — for a year as a teacher-coach. And then a return to broadcasting, which took him to Kansas City. He made his home in KC for 25 years, married and began his family.

In between newsroom duties at KMBC-TV and KCTV, Politsch ventured into the political world as Director of Communications for the Governor of Missouri. The last 10 years in Kansas City were spent in Corporate Communications at Yellow Corporation, a freight transportation company.

Following his wife’s career to Baltimore in 1998, Politsch spent the first 12 months in new surrounding writing his first book, a coffee-table history of his former employer entitled Legends and Legacy: 75th Anniversary of Yellow Freight System.

After a year of free-lance marketing communications, Politsch joined forces with three Baltimore-area brothers in conceiving of Leadership Through Athletics, a non-profit youth athletic organization in Lansdowne, Maryland. Politsch guided the construction of LTA’s gymnasium that he uses as his model for Leadership Gym in his Global Anchor series — Global Anger and Blood Anger to be followed by a third book in 2016.

Politsch began his federal government employment at the USDA Farm Service Agency in August 2005. He continues today as chief of public affairs for the agency that helps farmers and ranchers with payments, loans, disaster assistance, and conservation stewardship.

He cherishes most his wife and children – Nancy, Alex, and Annie.

The Global Anchor Series

I began writing my first novel in June 2010. Think about how much has changed in the world since then. How much more will change in the years ahead of us?

My mission in writing is to entertain you, of course. But I hope I can also make you look beyond the here and now and see challenges that we must all address.

As the world shrinks because of better communications and access, we pay closer attention to our cultural differences. Although different, we share common needs — food, shelter, and fiber for clothing. And to grow these critical necessities we need resources — land and power — including the energy to move products to market. Also, we need people committed to plant, cultivate, harvest, and transport the crops.

Another natural resource we seem to be neglecting as stewards of the Earth is fresh water. Seventy percent of the Earth’s surface is covered by water, but only about two percent of the water is fit to sustain life, except for aquatic creatures. As human population grows, the demand for fresh water increases. We need it for consumption and to nourish the food as it grows. But it is running out not only in the United States, but in other densely populated areas of the planet.  Are we ready to tackle this enormous challenge?

What if somebody in a powerful position saw how vulnerable we all are and took advantage of the situation? What consequences could he inflict?

I hope you will read my Global Anchor series and share your thoughts. You can respond through Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter, or send me an email to kpolitsch4@gmail.com.

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