Letters to the Editor: Oct. 2, 2013

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Loves horse farm tour

It was our pleasure to be treated to a tour of a championship riding horse farm during our visit in mid-September.  I have misplaced the name of our tour guide, but he was most informative and knowledgeable. We were totally impressed with the idea that the Shelbyville Chamber of Commerce and Tourism participated in the program.

We know very little about horses, but two of my best friends are from Kentucky, and they insisted we take the tour before we headed home. We were in the Midwest for two weeks, attending the
wedding of a grand niece in Jackson, Mich., and putting 1600 miles on a rental car to tour Illinois, Indiana and Michigan.

The highlight was the horse farm tour, which our guide went out of his way to accommodate in the early evening hours. More aggressive marketing would make the tours a must for people traveling from Louisville to Lexington and would certainly enhance tourism and motel-restaurant trade in the Shelbyville area. Our accommodations and food were top drawer and pricewise attractive, especially compared to what we paid at other venues on our trip.

I do some freelance writing. If you have a periodical, magazine or newsletter for your area, I would be glad to submit a gratis comment on my 2-night visit to Shelbyville and the Bennett horse ranch [Undulata].

Russ Baglien

Woodburn, Ore.


Prayer the answer

I also read the article by Rich Lane (“Here’s what the Bible really states,” My Word, July 31). It was difficult for me to grasp how a person could speak out against the sovereign God of the universe. However, the verse in God’s word, 1 Corinthians 1:18, was brought to my mind: “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” I have been praying that Mr. Lane too might be saved by the gospel of Jesus Christ.

If we would be willing to pray for others as much as we are willing to talk about others, we would see more of the power and will of God displayed, not only in their lives but in our own also. Love in Christ.

Jayne Axline



War talk

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Congressman Thomas Massie (R-Vanceburg) remind me of Senators Wayne Morse (D-Ore.) and Ernest Gruening (D-Alaska), who once argued: "It will be a grave error to send our American boys into combat in a war in which we have no business, which is not our war, into which we have been misguidedly drawn, which is steadily being escalated."

Who are Morse and Gruening? They were the only opposition to a resolution that gave then President Lyndon Johnson war powers without a declaration of war by Congress, which started our involvement in one of the most wasteful and senseless wars in modern history, Vietnam. It was the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, passed on Aug. 7, 1964. It would be advisable to anyone who disagrees with our senator and congressman to look back at this piece of history before supporting involvement in any conflict that carries no imminent threat to our national security.

Clay M. Keeley