Letters to the Editor, Nov. 9, 2011

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Women in politics


As I drove around Shelbyville and saw all the big yard signs for the political candidates, I was struck by one thing.  The only two women candidates that I know of running for major office are Alison Grimes a Democrat and K.C. Crosbie, a Republican. Both share one very interesting detail in their signage.  Both of them had a nice, Photoshopped portrait of themselves on their large sign. Noneof the men in any campaign has their picture.  So, in the age of people getting famous from their looks (Kim Kardashian), I think it is a notation on our society that no matter how smart, well-qualified, etc. a candidate is, the women still feel they need to show how attractive they are in order to get elected.

What does this tell our young women interested in getting into politics?  Must be "easy on the eyes" to apply!

Kim Sopland



Courts v. atheists


On Oct. 28, the Kentucky Court of Appeals rendered a 3-judge panel decision to favor the two state actions that brought about the lawsuit by the American Atheists, Inc. It is more than likely that this decision will be appealed, according to a spokesman for the Family Foundation of Kentucky.

It disheartens me spiritually, as I am sure a majority of other citizens, to read or hear on our televised news media of attacks by atheists and their organizations against Judeo-Christian philosophy. It heartens me to read today that the Kentucky Court of Appeals has upheld two state actions – “Thanking God!”

One action came just after the 9/11 attack when state legislators issued a finding “the safety and security of the Commonwealth cannot be achieved apart from reliance on Almighty God.”

The second, in legislation creating the state Office of Homeland Security in 2006 – required the executive director of the agency to acknowledge “dependence on Almighty God” in training manuals and on a wall plaque at the operations center.

A lower court ruling against the latter action, specifically a plaque stating: “Except the Lord keep the city, the watchmen waketh, but in vain.” (Psalm 127:1)

A lawsuit by atheists put forth the concept that the commonwealth was trying to institute the concept that this establishes religion by requiring the plaque.

The Court of Appeals ruled that their action was just a part of the traditional heritage, and it is free for government to say “God Almighty.” One Judge wrote that it merely “seeks to recognize the historical reliance on God for protection” and fails to advance religion.

Atheists seem to believe everyone has a guaranteed constitutional right to free speech – unless, of course, they mention God. Just because someone seeks to be offended by the mention of the creator, does not mean this group has the right to withdraw the same freedom of speech from a majority of citizens. That is what atheists and their organizations are intending.

It is unfortunate that some courts are not smart enough to realize this tactic as they make decisions in atheistic activists favor.
It is fully expected that atheists will soon, with judges such as those who sit on benches in some courts, begin to test the language of our founding documents. How sad to know our nation has individuals that have come to denigrate language that honors our established national precepts in Judeo-Christian faiths.

Eugene Maynard



Wonderful place, great event

The Painted Stone Settlers, Inc. would like to thank the community for the very successful school day program and Long Run Massacre & Floyd’s Defeat event we hosted on Sept. 9-11. This school day program and subsequent event is all about learning and experiencing new things, learning about the heritage skills it took to survive everyday on the Kentucky frontier, and the men and women who sacrificed many things to establish Shelby County and its rich history.
We are especially grateful to Clarence Miller who donated the site we use annually, Red Orchard Park. Even though Mr. Miller passed away this year, his spirit will always live on through the land he donated. We hope this land will be preserved for many years to come, so that we can continue teaching about our history and about the man who lived history throughout his long life. He was truly a gift to the community and will be sorely missed. Pioneering spirits like his were the ones who made our county into the successful county it is today-a county with a bright future.
We want to thank the Shelby County Parks system for the use of the property, various Kentucky authors, local food vendor, and many people who volunteered their time, talents and gave monetary assistance to ensure that this event would take place. As a non-profit, we value any and all helping hands extended our way. Just like Miller, we hope to make a difference in the community. By teaching children about our past, we hope they will remember the founding fathers of Shelby County and continue the long legacy of a sense of duty to the community.

Helen McKinney, Scribe
Painted Stone Settlers, Inc.


Savannah’s benefit


A sincere thank you to the enthusiastic and committed supporters, who united together to benefit Savannah Sanders in her quest to regain her eyesight. The goal of $15,000 was shattered, as the generosity of the Shelby County Community came together to raise more than $23,000 during the day-long event  recently held at the Clear Creek Park amphitheater.

As a result of the benefit, Savannah will have the ability to receive the medical procedure in Phoenix and, moreover, subsequent additive and synergic treatments once she returns home to Shelbyville.

Thanks to all the talented bands, volunteers and to the 1,200 enthusiastic supporters who provided hope to Savannah and her family.

Finally, a special thank to The Sentinel-Newsand Shelby Lifemagazine for their outstanding coverage before and subsequent to the event.

Generosity makes the difference.

Gary l. Walls, chair, Savannah Jam