Letters to the Editor, July 13, 2011

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Don’t take from academics

$360,682: What can that do for the world?  Before school ended in Shelbyville, it was found in the budgets of math, science, history, English and other educational programs to better our students’ lives. Tragically, now, it can pay to temporarily fix a terminally ill football field.

Citizens of the county, we must set our priorities straight. Athletics provide a limited light at the end of the tunnel for a career as a professional athlete. Only the best of the best make it in. In the realm of academics, there is no shelf life on the ability of your mind. Physical limitations don’t exist. Social background doesn’t matter. Race or religion is pushed aside for knowledge. Anyone can achieve in the classroom, but only a few can achieve on the field.

I believe that the money being used to fix the field should not be pulled from other scholastic areas. I can’t help but feel that as a student of academics, we are immensely surrounded by glorifying athletes, and the school system spends a lot of its money on athletic endeavors. It is a well known fact that educational spending has been cut back to almost the bare minimum, to the point where some of my past teachers have had to go out and buy educational materials for our classes with their own money. This should not happen. With teacher’s budgets being at an all-time low, they do not need the additional stress of having more money being drained out of their classes to fix a nearly brand new, defective field.

Now I’m not saying that sports are bad or that funding to fix the field should be cut. (After all, sports teach leadership, teamwork, sportsmanship and physical awareness.) I just believe that the money should come from elsewhere. All in all, I believe that school is a place to learn, meet new friends, and have fun; although above all, school is a place to learn. Therefore, money going towards learning should not be taken away from where it is most desperately needed.

Shelby County Public Schools are always pushing their students to do better, to achieve better and to learn more. After we leave high school, we are going to head out into the world as young adults. In the real world, which will help us more in the long run? Education or athletics? If SCPS is truly “dedicated to excellence and success for all,” then I hope that administrators will rethink their decision to use academic money to repair a sports field.

Yes, $360,682, it makes a difference.

Blair Morrison



What about unsolved murders?


I want to start off by saying I am an animal lover and cannot imagine the loss of a family pet. I just wish there were this many people upset over murderers walking free in our town. Why can't we join together and protest over victims not having justice and cases going unsolved? What about Joel Mena, who was shot dead in the street, or Vanissa Warford, murdered more than 20 years ago while at work? What about the injustice to these people and their families? Why are we not demanding answers for them? Again I am an animal lover. Not only do I have my dog, but I am also caring for my brother’s, Jim Duckett's. Jim, by the way, was the one murdered in his home. Where are the answers for these victims?

Katherine Nichols



A note from Anna Warren’s family


The family of the late Anna Elizabeth Boone Warren wishes to express gratitude to the many people who shared so many thoughtful and kind acts during her illness and passing on  June 9, when she departed this life to be with her Heavenly Father and beloved husband Edward.

We extend sincere appreciation to the staff of Crestview Care and Rehab Center, the staff of Hosparus and Dr. Ronald Waldridge for their medical and compassionate attention; the Rev. Ronald L. Holder for his visits and prayers; her church family and community friends for their consistent contacts; Morton-Beckley Funeral Directors and staff for their excellent care and concern; and the many ministers and vocalists who made her Celebration of Life so touching.

She died at Crestview, where she had resided only a short time after an illness, following years of independence in the family home. Anna and her family were remembered by many people in the community because of her long work history at Wakefield-Scearce Antique Galleries, Mark J. Scearce’s Jewelry Store and Lawson’s Department Store. Everyone’s kindness and thoughtfulness will always be appreciated. 

She is greatly missed by her six daughters, Wanda W. Brown, Vivian W. Overall, Barbara W. Whyte, Joan W. Bradley, Jeanette W. Swain and Jennifer W. Tinsley, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

Mama Anna, we miss you so much. We only wish we could have kept you longer, and we will always keep fond memories of you in our heart.

Wanda W. Brown, Vivian W. Overall, Barbara W. Whyte, Joan W. Bradley, Jeanette W. Swain, Jennifer W. Tinsley