Letters to the Editor: March 06, 2013

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Recycling is important


In regards to the discussion about curbside garbage pickup and recycling vs. a plan by the 109 Board to build a new facility, I would much rather be paying for recycling than for buying more land to bury those materials while saving our natural resources and to prevent contaminating those valuable and necessary resources that we have left. It all comes under the heading of “being good stewards of our land” and trying to leave things that we have enjoyed just a little bit better for all those that follow us. You have presented the solution.

It appears wasteful to have trucks picking up garbage and not recyclables at the same time. The more convenient that a service is rendered and available at a reasonable price makes it more likely that we all will use it. The county and city governments as a joint effort can get a much better competitive rate for these services that we can get as individuals.

I feel that our county officials city officials and 109 Board members are working hard and going in the right direction by combining their efforts in making curbside garbage/recyclables pickup available to all of the Shelby County residents. It would be great to see our garbage used as a renewable energy source and that any old landfill(s) become a source of energy from methane gas to electricity or heat. Saving our land and resources should be a "passion" for us all.

Carlen Pippin



Ag vs. tourism


I take issue with the statement attributed to Shelby County Tourism Executive Director Katie Fussenegger (“TV cameras focused on Shelby County,” March1) that “…we have gone from an agricultural community to a tourism community.”

The Census of Agriculture is published every five years. The data for the 2012 ag census will come out later this year. So the latest data we have is from 2007.

The total sales from livestock and crops in 2007 was $56.9 million, which ranks 23rd out of 120 counties in Kentucky. That is a 25 percent increase over 2002. In sales, Shelby County ranked 20th in cattle, 26th in grain, 45th in poultry and eggs, 18th in dairy products and 8th in tobacco and 7th in horses.  What the Agricultural Census does not take into consideration is the economic effect agriculture has for our county’s banks, implement dealers, feed and fertilizer dealers, veterinarians, farriers and tack stores, fence builders, barn and house builders and farm-supply businesses, such as Southern Sates, Tractor Supply and Rural King.  Shelby County remains a strong and diverse agricultural community.

I find it interesting the three places mentioned in this news article, the Luci Center,

Undulata Farm and the Shelbyville Horse show are all ag-related operations. Another prominent ag/tourism business not mentioned in the article is Gallrein Farms. They all

contributed to the $56.9 million dollars of ag product sales. We embrace all our agriculture and tourism activities, which add so much to our community.

Vivian Hayes

Shelby County


The responsible ones


A lot of innocent people are killed or harmed in this nation every day, but when we stand before God, there will be blood on the hands of more people than just the perpetrators. The hands of the entertainment industry and the parents will be equally as bloody. The entertainment industry is guilty for producing every evil and violent thing their minds can conjure up. The parents are guilty for propping their children in front of TV sets, movie screens and electronic games and constantly feeding them this filth. Parents cannot stuff this rotten, putrid entertainment down the throats of their children for years and not expect them to vomit back the violence they are filled with.

Mary Franklin


Dealing with DST

Next Saturday night, before we go to bed, we shall again have the problem of deciding whether to turn our clocks back or forward, up or down, or as some say, to fast time.

If your not really sure how to get things right, then do what I do.
I just leave the clocks alone and get up an hour earlier. Then you should just decide that whatever you normally do, just do it an hour earlier. For example, if you normally have breakfast at 7:30, pull your lazy wife out of bed and tell her you want your breakfast at 6:30, pronto! That might not get you any brownie points, but the result is the same as fooling around with your clocks; to got them all set right to properly live another nine months on fast time.

Then on Monday morning, do the same thing. Get up an hour earlier, pull your wife out of bed so you can have breakfast an hour earlier, and then get to work an hour earlier. Repeat on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and until the end of next October.

My way, you never have to bother changing the time on your clocks and watches.
Simple, isn't it?

Oh, I suppose I should mention one good thing about this time change. If you are one of those people who like to take a little drink at 5 p.m., now you can start drinking an hour earlier, at 4. At least there is some little reward for all the hassle.

Most of my friends like my system, but I could never get my dog – or wife – to cooperate.

Neal Hammon

AT&T regulation

Does anyone honestly believe ATT will enhance their high speed Internet service to new or current customers when they quit providing wired land lines (Senate Bill 88)? Nothing is going to improve until laws from politicians/regulators are enacted to make ATT provide  high speed Internet service to everyone in their "land line" service area. This is no different than when telephone companies were not going to provide  basic telephone service to everyone when telephones first came out, until laws were enacted to force them to provide wired phones to everyone. This  time, it's Internet service. At least change the [proposed] new law to force ATT to  provide Internet service to everyone if they are allowed to quit providing land-line service. ATT waste enough money on advertising  services  that thousand of people cannot even buy, they should take the money they  waste on ads and enhance their Internet service.

An ATT land-line customer for 33 years, still  waiting on ATT to provide high speed / broadband service – dial up is  not the way to go.

Tom Wells



A act of terrorism


This young man in Newtown, Conn., committed an act of terrorism. Look it up. I don’t know about you, but I thought that we were to protect our shores from foreign and domestic terrorism. This person should be charged for this act because it’s no different than strapping a bomb on. It’s “mass murder.” I ask, is it OK for someone who is not from our shores to commit such a crime and not be charged? While our own can commit such a crime and say they are sick? We have to stop treating these things lightly, or they will continue. I ask anyone to look up our “motto” and tell me I’m wrong.

Edgar Oliveras