Letters to the Editor, Sept. 14, 2011

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What Miller wanted

I had attended the Fiscal Court meeting last Tuesday evening and hoped to say a few words about the proposed zoning change on Kentucky Street. Unfortunately the magistrates decided not to arrange for that to occur, so I wish to share briefly what I would have said.

As to the actual zoning issue, I wish to ask what the point is of having a comprehensive plan and even zoning at all if anyone can look at a map and think it appropriate to place a heavy industrial usage next to a public park? Would it also be appropriate in the eyes of planners to put such a usage next to an elementary school? Does anyone really envision that street as appropriate for heavy truck traffic with its narrowness and blind curves and residential neighborhood across the street from the park? Since it has appeared to me that Shelbyville and Shelby County have vastly improved their sense of planning issues since I moved here nine years ago, I was really taken aback by this initial approval by the zoning board.
As to my personal feelings on this proposal – I have been a volunteer at Red Orchard Park for the last two years. I have spent a lot of time with this project.  One of the main reasons I decided to do so is the fact that I was attracted to Clarence Miller’s vision of the park. He specifically wanted it to be a quiet park, rather than a sports-type park with lots of noise and bright night lighting. He envisioned youth groups camping by the creek, kids sledding down the hills in winter. He liked the plan for the future that included Pickle Ball fields, horse back riding, a nature education center, new fields of trees, prairies, butterfly gardens and people walking paths and playing with their dogs or fishing in a pond.
Most communities would give anything to have the type of gift that Clarence Miller gave us. I cannot think of a worse insult to that gift than to allow any heavy industrial zoning qualified business right next door.

Linda Allewalt

Right face, wrong place

Unlike the song from the movie Can-Can, about the wrong time, the wrong place and the wrong face, we have a situation in Shelby County where the time is right, the face is right but the place is wrong.
Midwest Metals’ request for a zone change for property along Kentucky Street is ill-advised. Jim Ellis’ recent letter (“Zone change would be wrong.” Sept. 7) points out that the land in question “is surrounded by existing public, residential and agricultural uses.” A major concern is the noise threat to the serenity of Red Orchard Park as well as potential stream pollution. Nothing in that area is designated heavy industrial.
Timing is always good for recycling. But this company belongs in an already established industrial park, one with an appropriate road accessible to the interstate. The time and the face are right. But the place is wrong. Location, location, location.

Mary Lou Smith Madigan


Remembering ‘all’ on 9-11

I want to commend Steve Doyle for his article on 9-11 (“The day we all stood still,” Sept. 9).  He did a good job capturing the horrors as they unfolded that day, and recognizing how people across the nation reacted to those events and pulled together.  Unfortunately, I can’t say the same for Chuck Souder.
I was appalled to see Mr. Souder’s arrogant, self-elevating comments (“The message of 9-11 must be remembered,” Sept. 9) published in the same paper under the guise of an editorial. His misguided assertion that only Christians would enter a burning building to help others is not only conceited and divisive, it’s inaccurate.
One out of every four people who rushed into the towers that day and lost their lives trying to help strangers did not believe that Jesus was born of a virgin, performed miracles, raised the dead, ascended to Heaven three days after dying for all humanity’s sins and plans to come back some day to sort us all out.  Yet Chuck Souder (with the help of The Sentinel-News) just spit in the face of these people, just because they don’t share his silly superstitions.  What inexcusable Christian arrogance.
The decision to publish Mr. Souder’s discriminatory rant as an editorial is a slap in the face to all non-Christians who gave their lives trying to help others. His opinion is embarrassingly prejudiced and bigoted, and The Sentinel-News’ decision to allow his views is nothing short of deplorable.  I think you owe your readers an apology and should acknowledge that Mr. Souder’s opinion was mistakenly and inappropriately published as an editorial, when in fact it belonged in the Personal Opinions section (if not the trash).

Rich Lane

Park is ideal theater

Saturday, I attended the re-enactment of the Long Run Massacre and Floyd’s Defeat, an annual event presented by the Painted Stone Settlers, commemorating the tragedy that took place 230 years ago. This historic land provides an ideal theater for this outdoor drama.

The parks board has taken full advantage of Clarence Miller’s generous gift of his Red Orchard Farm and is developing here a family recreational park within walking distance of Main Street. I was pleased to see dozens of young people in the stands with eyes and minds focused on the tragic fate of many of the settlers fleeing from Squire Boone’s Painted Stone Station.  Immediately following was a depiction of Col. John Floyd’s gallant attempt to march to the scene to bury the dead and proceed to the relief of the settlers remaining at Boone’ Station.
This 3-day pageant, even more successful and well-attended than last year’s, has become the central dramatic representation of the valiant efforts of our county’s first settlers.

Ron Van Stockum Sr.