Letters to the Editor, Nov. 2, 2011

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Is this Christianity?


For months I have read the war of ideas between Ms. Linda Allewalt and Mr. Chuck Souder. That’s what it was – a war of ideas – not personal attacks like letter writer Mr. Sonny Malone (“Misguided passion,” Oct. 26).

The Christian beliefs I grew up with taught compassion, love, tolerance and service, not the hate that was displayed in that letter. My only hope is that it was not an example of what being a Christian in Shelby County is like. If so, Satan is winning.

Katie Spithun



A bridge to check


I read your article about the Benson Road bridge (“Benson Road bridge to be 1 lane, restricted,” Oct. 10). I am not any sort of expert, but I wish you would come visit the underneath of the I-64 bridge that is over the east side of Bardstown Trail. I think you might be shocked.

The obviously poor condition was reported (to whom I don't remember) well over a year ago because of concerns that it looks extremely deteriorated. I'd hate to read a front-page story where it collapsed! Maybe you can get some action where I have failed to do so.

Linda Winkle




No respect for funerals


As I was stopped at a red light recently, I couldn't help but notice how disrespectful people are during a funeral procession. Cars were just passing by, getting in the line of cars for the funeral. Have people lost all respect and forgotten about how other people are feeling at this time that they couldn’t take five minutes out of their day to wait long enough for the line of traffic to get through town? What happened to people pulling over and letting the funeral procession go past? It seems no one has respect for funerals anymore.

Amanda McClain



About animal shelters


As a dog lover, owner, rescuer and foster to many, I believe that the letter writer (“Deceitful treatment,” Oct. 12) feels like she was treated dishonestly, but in my opinion she was not. Our shelters are overflowing with dropped-off dogs and cats, because their owners no longer wanted or possibly could keep them. They are also full of strays and abandoned animals that people did not have the courage to actually take to a shelter, some who have been abused and mistreated.

All of our shelters are staffed by volunteers, a thankless job that means that they do not receive any compensation, just the love and gratitude of the animals they care for. It is a very rewarding opportunity that deserves more respect and understanding from those within the community they serve. No, our tax dollars do not go toward their compensation, they do it out of the kindness of their hearts. Maybe because they want to “pay it forward” (which is something more of us should do more often). Whatever their reasons, we should all be eternally grateful for their hard work and dedication.

And when you have volunteers who work different intervals of time each day, there may be someone new answering the phone who does not know the circumstances behind each and every animal that is at that shelter. It gets quite confusing. I have witnessed it myself. But, thank God, without those volunteers we would be euthanatizing many more animals.

I do not know what the circumstances were behind the writer’s story, but I do believe that nothing was “intentionally” done or to be deceitful. We strive very hard to do the right thing by the animals. I am appreciative that the writer decided to go to the shelter to adopt. I am sure that her new addition will be loved and cared for or she would not have taken the time to express her concern. But I hope that she understands that our shelters are not businesses with funding to have a paid staff. If she were to spend one day at any of our shelters, I believe she would change her mind and understand that there is not anything dishonest done.

Vicki Moore