Letters to the Editor, April 11, 2012

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Mall’s wetlands impact


This is not a letter in protest to the proposed outlet mall development in Simpsonville. But as I read the article (“Planned outlet mall starts approval bid,” April 6), I wondered about the Horizon Group's request to fill in the 6.5-acre pond and surrounding wetlands. Where will all that existing water, drainage capability and buffering potential go, so that neighboring properties are not negatively impacted?

I realize the development is in the preliminary stage, but I hope thoughtful, and maybe even creative, lower impact alternatives will be considered. I've read of The Ford Motor Company's River Rouge project and Prince George County in Maryland's success with low-impact development. Could the use of bioswales and porous pavement be used here to reduce expensive storm sewer costs and exemplify Shelby County's progressive nature (no pun intended)?

Andy Smart



Praise for Montell


I would like to thank state Rep. Brad Montell for all the hard work that went into drafting the “Chase Alert.” Although, the bill was later named the Golden Alert D, it would not have been possible without Rep. Montell’s vision and determination.

The journey was rather bumpy at times with major obstacles in our way, mainly casino gaming and redistricting. Rep. Montell showed great leadership and wisdom in working in a bipartisan effort but never wavering on the importance and substance of this bill.

Rep. Montell always put people before politics. He worked tirelessly on distinct wording and specific training that will insure the safety of our most vulnerable citizens.

As a parent of a special-needs child, I will forever be grateful.

If you have ever wondered what is going on in Frankfort, I can personally attest that Rep. Montell is working tirelessly for the safety and welfare of the people of Shelby County and for the great commonwealth of Kentucky.

Debi McMurray


First Presbyterian seeks instruments


I am writing on behalf of my fellow outreach committee members to express appreciation for the kindness and generosity of individuals in our community who have supported the First Presbyterian church’s musical instrument program. Since we started the program in 2003, we have received over 40 instruments that we were able to pass on to Shelby County Public Schools. These instruments were in turn passed on to deserving students who were interested in playing in the band or orchestra but could not afford an instrument.

In addition to expressing our appreciation, we would also like to let you know we are still seeking instruments. If you have an instrument that is no longer being used, please consider donating it.

You may do so by dropping it off at First Presbyterian Church located on the northeast comer of 7th and Main streets in Shelbyville or by calling 502-633-2693. In return for your gift you will receive a statement verifying your tax-deductible donation.

Once again, from all of us at First Presbyterian and all the young people you have helped we offer, our most sincere thanks and blessings.

William Gary Steinhilber


Project Graduation needs help


Project Graduation is an all-night celebration for seniors and guests of Collins, Shelby County and Cornerstone high schools. This parent-supervised event begins at 10:30 the night of graduation and ends at approximately 5 the next morning. The primary aims of Project Graduation activities are to increase awareness of the dangers of drinking, drugging and driving and to reduce the number of youth involved in alcohol and other drug-related highway crashes. Across the country, Project Graduation, established in the 1980s, and the chemical-free celebrations it inspired are the new tradition for graduating seniors.

Activities include games, food, entertainment, music, and prize giveaways. The prizes encourage attendance and generate excitement at the celebration. Each year, there are many prize giveaways, such as laptops, gaming systems, store gift cards, items for dorm or apartment living and cash.

The 2011 Project Graduation raised $27,000 in fundraising, but with the economy, this year’s fundraising is showing signs of weakness. Charities are vulnerable, if not more so, to economic weakness as are corporations. Donations are down this year, and it’s costly to maintain this celebration.

This year’s Project Graduation is asking more than ever for the communities or corporations to help with donations of money, time and talent. For more information or to volunteer, contact Sandy Clare at 523-9470 or Kim Blocker at 314-4859. Look for upcoming fundraising events, including roadblocks April 21 and May 12 and food sales in front of Kroger on April 14-15 and April 28-29.

Ron Pottinger