Letters to the Editor: July 20, 2011

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Thanks to health fair contributors

Local physicians and planners for the 11th annual Men’s Health Fair deserve a pat on the back. On June 11, the group came together at Jewish Hospital Shelbyville to serve over 200 men from  Shelby, Henry and Spencer counties with a variety of free health screenings – screenings that have proven to save lives.

The early detection of significant illness and disease is our goal. This year, a number of men received early diagnoses of skin, prostate and oral cancer, and a large percentage of those attending learned of elevated cholesterol and glucose levels. With proper follow up, ongoing care and education, we hope these efforts will result in good health for these men and their families.

Early this year, a group of community-minded men began meeting to develop the 2011 health fair. Pulling together local experts and encouraging men to participate is no easy task. However, the group’s collective passion for improving men’s health and their personal understanding of the value of early detection, gave them drive to make the event a great success. Special thanks to this outstanding community planning team: Tony Carriss, chair; Mitch McClain, Steve Meador, Ralph Carey, Wayne Gunnell, Charles Ashby, Bill Thorne and Chris Bushnell.

First on the planning team’s list of “to-do’s” is lining up help from our local physicians. Simply put, the Men’s Health Fair would not be possible without the efforts of local doctors who were willing share their expertise at the event: Dr. Brooks Jackson, Allied Urology; Dr. Wayne Tuckson, Tuckson Colorectal Surgery; Dr. Joseph Thompson, Dermatologist; Dr. Heiko Adams and Dr. Jacob Hord, First Choice Foot & Ankle; and Dr. Mark Hewlett, Hewlett Family Dentistry. We would also like to thank the Kentucky Cancer Program, Shelby Fit for Life, Jewish Diabetes Care and the Jewish Hospital Shelbyville team for their work at the event.

For over 100 years, “community” has been at the heart of the care provided at Jewish Hospital Shelbyville. We strive daily to fulfill our vision of improving the lives of those we serve and those who serve.

Michael L. Collins
JHS President/CEO


Letter not entirely right

That letter (“Thanks from Allewalt on Commandments,” June 29) should have been entitled, “Pardon me while I gloat.” While the author did make some claims that were historically correct, regarding the Constitutional Convention of 1787, much of the letter was “spin” when it came to statistics concerning how the citizens of the nation regard the Ten Commandments posted in public places.

This decision was made years ago by liberal members of the judicial who imposed on a nation a false requirement, which belies the true sentiment of a Judeo-Christian nation. This nation was not constituted by a group of atheist citizens as Founders, but Christians most of a protestant persuasion.  Absolutely, there are those within our community who agree with her, but the majority does not think the Ten Commandments to be an imposition upon them when posted in a public place, especially a place of judicial authority.

If this were true, why not chisel the scene that depicts Moses with the Ten Commandments from the Supreme Court Building in Washington, D.C.? Why not remove the Ten Commandments that are presently posted in the very chamber where cases are argued within that court?
American Founders appealed to the self-evident truths set forth within the Judeo-Christian beliefs in the Ten Commandments! There was no effort to copy any philosophy from the Roman Empire or ancient Grecian society. They wanted a society that was unique with a principle of equality that asserted men could govern themselves according to common beliefs and rule of law. That rule of law basically appears within the last six of the Ten Commandments.

The Ten Commandments are the foundation of American law along with English common law as set forth in the commentaries of Blackstone. If the commentaries had not been written when they were in time, it is doubtful that our founders’ Declaration of Independence and Constitution would have been made in the established form that exists, and which freedom seeking people in all nations envy.
Our government was not to impose or establish restrictions, and our Bill of Rights shows that freedom of action for our citizens. It does not impose a censorship upon the posting of any informative religious mandates or scripture relative to that religion.

Destroy the bastions of a moral nation, and it allows some other form of government in the end. Why else, all of this discussion at this time, when for years this nation was not harassed by such insignificant complaints, by persons of little faith or no faith, who would impose their will upon our culture?

Eugene Maynard



Great farm tour

I recently took a group of 12 5-to-8-year-olds on a tour of Undulata Farms. My group and I were taken on a wonderful tour by Charles Kramer, and he was very patient with all of the children's questions. I learned some valuable information during our tour. I feel that the community needs to know about the wonderful horse farms that are around our great state. The state of Kentucky tells the world that we are the horse capital of the world. We need to make sure that we take care of the horse farms in our state. Please tell all of  your readers about the wonderful opportunities for horse farm tours in our state.

Allison Coffey