Letters to the Editor, Feb. 1, 2012

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Sad school day


Since when is it a crime to walk your first-grader to her classroom? I recently took my daughter to school because she  had a project to turn in. As I entered the front door of the school, I was told by the principal to leave the project in the office, she would take it 

to the classroom later. I told her that I wanted to walk my daughter and the project to the classroom. She then proceeds to tell me that normally it isn't  done this way but to hurry up!

So I walked my daughter to her classroom and  walked out. As I was walking out, I looked at the principal and told her that the littlest things in life matter the most to my daughter.

I just don't feel like I should have to argue about walking my daughter to her classroom. I am a parent who wants to be more involved, and in my book this is considered to 

be more involved! Our schools are so sad.

Cindy Thompson




Kentucky’s silent tragedy


We see headlines almost daily about shootings, abuse, violence, and injuries. These are tragedies, and it is right to recognize them as such. But another tragedy also deserves our attention. It’s not as dramatic as a police chase or a sinking cruise ship but is nonetheless heartbreaking: in our commonwealth, over 300 children lose their lives every month in the tragedy that is legalized medical and surgical abortion.

In Kentucky, abortion clinics are found in both Louisville and Lexington, cities in such proximity to Shelby County that they cannot fail to affect the lives and choices of local residents. These clinics are part of a larger national holocaust (not a word chosen lightly!) – 50 million Americans have been lost through abortion since Roe v. Wade, which marked its 39th anniversary last week.

Yet even in the midst of this ongoing tragedy, there is hope. There is grace. And there is help. Many loving families are willing to adopt babies who would otherwise fall victim to surgical tools and suction tubes.

Many people care about the women who carry these unborn children, women who may feel overwhelmed and alone. One local source of help is ALC Pregnancy Resource Center, located at 25 Village Plaza in Shelbyville, which offers counseling, free pregnancy tests, and other forms of assistance. Another is A Woman’s Choice Resource Center (101 W. Market St. in downtown Louisville), which provides free ultrasounds and counseling.

The unborn children in our state, future Kentucky citizens, have heartbeats and fingerprints and unique DNA, but do not yet have voices of their own. How can we who have voices let their lives be taken in silence?

Valerie Patton


Swift action


Recently we had a home burglary, and due to the swift action of the 911 call center and Shelby County Sheriff ‘s department, the burglar was tracked down and placed in custody within a 12-hour period.

We were informed that a lot of information and hunches fell into place for this to happen this quickly.  How the arrest happened didn’t make any difference to us – just that it happened.

We would like to thank Tim Gilbert, Eric Hettinger, Rick Meadows of the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, and the 911 call center for making this invasion less painful.

Our community is blessed to have these professionals out on the front lines protecting us daily.

Bruce and Connie Graham