Letters to the Editor: Aug. 22, 2012

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We need the trees

Today, as I drove by the proposed outlet mall locations, I looked at all the mature trees that will disappear. Since green foliage cleans the air, we need to have these trees close to I-64 to take care of the emissions emitted. I know, they are saying we will plant trees around these malls, but can 6-foot trees do the same as 100-foot trees?

Now to the $109,000 screen for the Shelby County Judicial Center cooling unit. I believe a brick wall around this unit would have looked better and could not have cost more than what was paid. Come to think of it, maybe something like this could be put around the proposed malls. Oh, that's right, they will cut down the trees so those on I-64 will see the shops so they won't want to shield anything unsightly.

Both of the above fall under what Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger said, "I'm just a person who likes a lot of trees and vegetation." Ditto that, Judge.

Linda Humphress



Health-care law wrong


Reading this opinion (“Good position on health-care law,” July 11) reminded me of reading similar narrations that appeared in the Manchester Guardianin the late 1940s early 1950s in Britain. It appears with the same reasoning as some Labour party hack who was encouraging a similar law through the Parliament. Apparently, the author of this letter does not take lessons learned from history’s mistakes to heart. Where is Britain with its state-run medical “from birth to grave” health plan? It is a big portion of what has put that nation into financial ruin.

I do not understand Chief Justice Roberts’ decision, but I do understand that the portion of the act Mr. Obama insistently referred to as a “penalty” was recognized by the justices as a tax. We all know the love of this administration for the taxpayers’ money!

This tax coupled with all the other taxes imposed by this law, plus others that he keeps insisting upon, ensures that if Obama is re-elected, the economy will to remain at a low level and there will be a weakening of our leadership position in the world. A financially bankrupt nation cannot and will not come to the aid of those who are in the same straits.
Hopefully, all citizens from whatever political philosophy must understand the direction Mr. Obama and his appointed minions are leading us. A law that was pushed through congress by a partisan majority in the middle of the night and put together in secrecy behind closed doors should not stand in its present state. I know both parties recognize the need for a health-care law, but this need must fit a capitalistic society, not a socialistic society. We did not get the leadership of a free world by following European culture – we left it to find an exceptional culture and philosophy.

Eugene Maynard


Bothersome pay wall

It was really nice of The Sentinel-Newsto put Addison Miles’ bone marrow drive on the front page of the paper. Great service to the community. The story, unfortunately, is put on your Web site behind the pay wall. As someone who would have liked to have attended this event because I heard about it through word of mouth, I jumped to your Web site to see the information so I might attend. Instead, it's behind a pay-wall and for what? This is for a little girl who needs help, and with a circulation of probably less than 10,000 papers, the word needs to spread more than just the newspaper printing.

Online presence is what helps. Just imagine if you got the link to the article out through Facebook and Twitter. More people would visit your Web site, drive up traffic and help you better than a useless pay wall. 

Kyle Nichols


Crusade aids

The Shelby County Fire Department would like to thank everyone in Shelby County who gave to the 2012 WHAS Crusade for Children. This is a time of year that our firefighters look forward to because we believe so strongly in this cause. Many volunteers join the firefighters in collecting donations, including the Shelby County Ladies Auxiliary, SCFD Junior Firefighters, friends and family of the firefighters and various community organizations.

This year we raised over $60,000 in donations. Organizations in Shelby County such as Shelby County Public Schools and the Dorman Center will benefit from these funds.

Thanks to everyone who gave when we came to your door. For those of you who stopped at our roadblocks, we appreciate your patience and apologize for any inconvenience that we may have caused.

Thanks go to all who donated food and beverages for this event. We appreciate all the help feeding our volunteers.

We would like to thank the local businesses and their employees for contributions and look forward to working with them again in 2013.

If we missed you, you can still donate. Call 502-633-6648, come by our Station 1 at 200 Alpine Drive or mail it to: Shelby County Fire Dept., P.O. Box 1027, Shelbyville, 40066-1027. Make checks payable to WHAS Crusade for Children.

The grand total collected by all seven fire departments in Shelby County was $138,560.56. All of Shelby County should have been proud for supporting the WHAS Crusade for Children. Again, thank you, Shelby County. 

Bobby Cowherd, Chief

Shelby County Fire Department