Letters to the Editor: July 3, 2013

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Simpsonville’s wrong step

I understand that Simpsonville will continue to grow and that development around the interchange at Interstate 64 is inevitable. What I don’t understand is why our Simpsonville City Commission had to start with something so risky and that so many of our community have outwardly opposed. As the last article (“What we think: Our outlet mall needs to succeed,” June 12) pertaining to the outlet mall stated, “Residents have been lobbying for years to have a grocery built, success or failure of this mall will determine if that shall happen.”

Why wasn’t a large grocery built first? Wouldn’t it have made more sense to start with something the community had actually asked for and needed than to take a chance on something that we need to pray for to succeed? A large grocery would have provided many jobs, tax dollars and would have even supported our local farmers.

What is the goal/strategy of our leaders for our community? Tourism, hotels, new platform to market our equine and antique assets. What about the needs of our own community? Every decision they make should center on the needs of the community and should be “in-tune” with the desires of the people.

Growth, whether good or bad is going to happen, but we need to remember that growth is also a fragile balancing act. I was taught not to put the cart before the horse and never to put all your eggs in one basket. Simpsonville turning into a Gatlinburg? I don’t know what you think, but a gas-and-lunch and see-a-pretty-horse stop is sounding better and better.

Barbara Shadley



Community support great

This letter is to express our sincere thanks and appreciation to the members of Shelby Christian Church, Rev. Kilen Gray and members of New Mount Zion Church for taking time from their busy Saturday schedules to do a day of service at the High Street Community Center. And what a beautiful day it was.

We hear from so many “why don’t they and when will they?” But these people came to help and help out they did. The only questions they asked was “what can we do?” A lot was accomplished, but we still have a lot to do to reach the goal Rev. Louis Coleman was working on at the time of his sudden passing, the goal of renovating and making repairs to reopen the center for the purpose, service and benefit of the surrounding community.

We are committed and, with continued prayers and support of friends and resources, we will reach that goal. The Community Center is a 501c-3 agency, we welcome your contributions and support.

Again, our thanks to everyone for including the center in their day of service.

Rev. Don Burley, Mitchell Payne,

Jon Michael Murphy, Kevin Crittendon,

Torian Murphy, Michael Murphy, chair

A Community Service Agency


Thanks for the kids

Although most citizens in Shelbyville may have never walked a mile in the shoes of an abused or neglected child, that didn’t stop them from raising several miles of pennies to help those very kids.

A heartfelt thanks from all of us at Sunrise Children’s Services to everyone in Shelbyville who contributed their change during the Republic Bank and Sunrise Children’s Services Mile Of Pennies campaign in April.

Republic Bank generously took part in our efforts during Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month to raise funds to help care for the abused and neglected children Sunrise serves across Kentucky, a task we’ve been dedicated to since 1869. At all of Republic’s Kentucky banking centers, including Shelbyville, customers dropped in their change. The result? Seventy jars filled with money that will go directly to care for our children.

Thank you Republic Bank for your generous support and willingness to step up and go the distance for the children of Kentucky.

William K. Smithwick
President and CEO, Sunrise Children’s Services