Letters to the Editor: Sept. 18, 2013

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Murders at Navy base
The tragic news of this event brought back some memories. The killings occurred at the Bureau of Ship, that controls the design and construction of naval vessels. Back during WW2,  the Bureau of Ships and the Bureau of Personnel, both in that Washington D. C., naval base, were thought to be ideal duty, since it was considered a safe place, where no one was shooting at you.

The Navy men during WW2 who were assigned to ships in the Pacific were often at sea for years at a time, without setting foot on the continental United States. My ship, the USS Montpelier, was in the Pacific from early 1942 until November 1945, and during that entire time, was only once in the U.S., where it stayed for a month, getting a badly needed overhaul of its guns and power plant.

An unknown junior officer took the melody from “Back Home in Indiana” and created new words for the Pacific War veterans at sea. It expressed the idea that we all had, to see some of that good shore duty back in Washington D.C., which was thought to be an ideal place to work. The song became very popular.

Oh take me back to new construction,
it’s the place I long to be.
I want to be the heel,
That laid the keel,
of a ship that won’t be ready until 1953.
I’ve seen it all,
I’ve been to Sidney.
I don’t want a Hawaiian lei.
I’ve been banging ears
For years and year
for one thing;
to get back to that good old USA.
End of song.
Of course, what was safe then, is not necessarily safe now. It may be safer now to be out in the middle of the Pacific on a warship.

Neal Hammon


Keep postal service


On July 1, 1863, free mail delivery was authorized in cities. From the start, carriers were expected to make deliveries Monday through Saturday. Free mail delivery to rural Americans began in 1896. From the start, city and rural letter carriers delivered mail six days a week, usually Monday through Saturday. There are two towns where mail is delivered on Sunday

Now, everyone is on the verge of losing mail service on the weekend. A Republican-led Congress with concurrence from the Democrats passed in 2006 “The Postal Accountability an Enhancement Act,” based on a manufactured crisis about pensions and benefits. In effect, a poison pill was contained in the bill, requiring the USPS  to prepay heath benefits for workers 75 years in advance. Understand, 75 years means most haven’t been hired and many are yet born. To complicate things this escrow account had to be funded in 10 years. The result, the post office, debt free in 2005, is now billions in the red; 1,000 post offices have closed, 193,000 jobs gone. and 13,000 of the remaining 32,000 post offices are threatened and reduced service and hours. Most people mistakenly think the post office simply is losing money due to the Internet and E-mail. Not true! Congress, influenced by lobbyists from UPS, FedEx, and Pitney Bowes, to name a few, along with corporate-funded conservative groups and think tanks, have prints all over this legislation.

Only you can save our most trusted government agency. Please contact Senator Mitch McConnell (202-224-2541) and Senator Rand Paul (202-224-4343) along with your Congressman. Say no to these bills and save Saturday mail, thousands of jobs and post offices.

Larry Baker

KY Rural Letter Carrier Association President



Road safety


With September being farm safety month, we’d like to remind everyone about road safety and farm equipment. Harvest time will begin soon, and large, slow-moving tractors and combines will be a common sight. It takes effort on both the part of the farmer and other motorists to share the road and avoid tragic accidents.

For motorists, please keep in mind that the farm equipment you see is big and heavy and takes much more time and space to react and get over than your car. Here are a few rural road safety considerations:

§  Slow down as soon as you see a piece of farm equipment and prepare to get over.

§  Watch for hand signals from flaggers and drivers.

§  Be aware of the slow-moving vehicle (SMV) sign.

§  Watch for amber flashing lights, slow down and prepare to get over.

§  Do not speed past farm machinery.

§  Do not pull out in front of a slow moving vehicle.

§  Do not expect equipment to run partly on the shoulder because it is dangerous.

For farmers, please also be considerate and if traveling on the same road for a long distance, let motorists pass when it is safe to do so. We know that often it is hard to find a spot that is wide and level enough, but when you find one, pull over and let the traffic pass. Also before each time you pull out onto the road make sure that all lights are working and any all required flag vehicles are present.

In closing, when we all drive with respect for each other, it will make traveling our rural roadways this fall much safer and easier for everyone. After all, farmers are just doing their jobs too – feeding families here in the United States and throughout the world.

Stephanie Tucker



Great turnout at Wright


The Wright Elementary Parent Teacher Organization would like to thank the families that attended the Wright Elementary Back to School Bash on Aug. 5. Your support and JET Spirit shined bright.

We would also like to thank the amazing teachers and support staff at Wright, especially Principal Tracey Cline, Vice Principal Steven Morris, and Family Resource Center Coordinator Hettie Harless for all of their hard work, support and dedication in making the evening fun for all. What a wonderful way to kick off this new school year.

Of course we can’t forget the current members of our PTO, personal friends, DJ, magician and community organizations (such as the Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, American Heritage Girls and Upward Sports) for showing their support and (or) volunteering their time. Volunteers at the Back to School Bash did a great job face painting, selling candy and t-shirts, taking new PTO memberships, being meal and drink runners and sharing information on their beneficial community programs.

The Wright PTO would also like to give a huge thank you to the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office for going above and beyond. Deputy Audrey Armstrong and Investigator Eric Hettinger stayed well after 8 o’clock to ensure that every parent requesting a child-identification card received one (and there were many).

 The Shelby County community and Wright Elementary family are incredible; it feels great to be a Jet – we can’t wait to get started planning more school year fun.

Keri Cinotto, President

Stacey Boien, Vice President

Allison Young, Treasurer

Sandy Orazine, Secretary

Wright PTO


History lesson


As vice president of the Shelby County Historical Society, I feel it is important to correct a common misconception that the society endures: We are not the enforcement arm of the local historic district. That task falls on the Shelbyville Historic District Commission.

Too often I hear phrases like, "The historical society won't allow that." There was even a letter in last week's Sentinel-News that stated, "… code-enforced rules and historical society's 200-year-old policy quickly deters [businesses]” (“Small business woes,” Letters to the editor, Sept. 11).

The historical society does not deter anything. We don't tell you what color to paint your house or when you can or cannot attach aluminum siding. We are keepers of historical documents and artifacts, educators of local history and museum curators. Our group of dedicated volunteers spends countless hours preserving and promoting your history and, through History Camp, teaching your children and grandchildren how Shelby County came to be. That's all.

The Shelby County Historical Society celebrates 50 years in 2013. In fact, Sept. 15-21 has been proclaimed Shelby County Historical Society Week. Please join us in celebrating your history and your historical society.

James Mulcahy