Letters to the Editor: July 17, 2013

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Religious perspective


In response to Dave Charlton’s column (“How to decipher complex issue of marriage in U.S.” July 5), where in the bible does it say homosexuality is OK? Where in nature can this behavior be found? What does Paul have to say about homosexuality (Romans 1:18-32)? Mark 10:6-9, Matthew 19:4-6 and Genesis all speak of marriage being between one man and one woman. Matthew talks of divorce between husband (man) and wife (woman) being wrong, nothing about same-sex couples. How is same sex marriage fruitful?

As Christians we are called to go against the grain, and we should not accept secularism. Our founding fathers came to this country for religious liberties and included God in their plan. God was even included in their (our) government doctrine. Yes the sun did come up after the Supreme Court ruling, but so did it after Adam and Eve sinned in the garden. We should stand firm in support of the doctrine of the church and our Founding Fathers and not give in to trends in society that conflict with such doctrine and teachings.

As Christians, not supporting same sex marriage is not saying we shouldn’t love all people. We just don’t approve of the behavior. “Don’t hate the sinner, just the sin.”

There are three things that are plaguing today’s society: secularism, materialism and individualism. Church leaders should recognize these plagues and do everything possible to stamp them out, not to give into the “momentum” of today’s society.

Please read Romans 1:18-32 about punishment of idolators. Paul specifically speaks about homosexual behavior in verses 26-27. It is important to know that Paul is not condemning the sinner; he is condemning the sinful behavior.

Finally, freedom of speech is one of the great benefits to living in this country. As there are always more than one point of view to every story, we should be careful to make sure what is published or spoken out to many, especially about religious issues and morality, is indeed God’s teachings and not our individual twist on how we think God is not keeping up with the times.

Mark Stoltz



‘Disgusting’ example’


My son's 9U all-star baseball team played against the Shelby County 9U all-star team in a tournament in Harrodsburg recently. The behavior and lack of sportsmanship shown by the players, as well as the coaches was one of the most disgusting things I have witnessed in a youth sporting event in quite some time.

During the first two innings, while my son was pitching, the Shelby County players that were in the dugout were not cheering for their teammates, but against my son. While I realize that some taunting and heckling takes place in most all games, they took it to a whole new level. Instead of criticizing his ability or pitching, they chose to attack his physical appearance and repeatedly call him fat in a variety of ways. This continued throughout both of the first two innings, while their coaches and parents, who were well within earshot, did absolutely nothing to stop it.

The heckling finally came to an end when the umpire spoke to the coaches and made them stop. I have no doubt it would have continued for the duration of the game had the umpires not stepped in. Why in the world a group of adults would allow a child to openly bully another child is beyond comprehension.

While I can forgive the behavior of the players, seeing as they are 9-year-olds, the classlessness shown by the coaches, specifically their head coach (wearing jersey No. 19) is inexcusable. His approach to coaching was on display for everyone to witness. Apparently screaming, belittling and demeaning his players is an acceptable form of "coaching" in Shelby County. Apparently calling the opposing teams players "lazy" is OK as well.

What kind of example is this teaching the youth of your county? I would be more than embarrassed that this man and his team were wearing my county's name across their chests and representing my hometown across the state. 

I'm sure none of this is a surprise to anyone involved with this team, but I wanted those of you outside the realm of youth sports to be aware of how your community is being represented this summer. 

Margge Eslick

Scott County


Special pipeline session

Under current state and federal law, there is no oversight, permitting, regulation or public hearing requirements for the proposed natural gas liquid pipeline along the border of Shelby County.

Given the karst – limestone caves and sinkholes – formation of this area, any leak could spread contamination rapidly into drinking water supplies. Through karst, such contamination can move a half-mile per hour. That puts all of Shelby County at risk.

Only Gov. Steve Beshear can set the agenda for the special legislative session that starts Aug. 19.  Call 502-564-2611 and tell Governor Beshear to add natural gas liquid pipeline regulation to the special session.

Specifically, tell the governor you want to add natural gas liquid pipelines to the facilities overseen by the Kentucky Electrical Transmission and Generating Siting Board.  That is the quickest and easiest way to ensure that Kentucky residents have access to pipeline information and an opportunity to make themselves heard on the pipeline's application for a permit.

Lisa Aug



A July 4th mess


On July 4th as usual the Waddy Parade was making its way down KY 395. My dismay is with the horse and rider who so nicely used my driveway and left a huge pile of poop. It would have been considerate and thoughtful if the rider had returned to clean up the mess. As it was, it took me three shovels full to remove the mess. I am sure it would have been much easier for him to do this, as I am not a spring chick anymore. I hope in the future he will be more considerate and thoughtful.

Janene Gold



A fountain of care


As the caretakers of the fountain in downtown Shelbyville, our committee wishes to express our heartfelt appreciation for the interest and commitment shown to the Shelbyville Fountain by Gallrein Farms. Their generous gift of flowers has again this year made the fountain beautiful.

The Shelbyville fountain was erected in 1895, and the Fountain Committee (registered for tax purposes as the Shelbyville Fountain Corporation) became the ongoing caregiver in 1962. The committee works throughout the year to preserve the Fountain for generations to come. The Shelby County Fiscal Court provides insurance and financial support to keep the Fountain operational.

Each year, fourth-grade students are invited to a tour of the Shelby County Courthouse Historic District. This event is hosted by members and volunteers of the Fountain Committee. Patricia Skelton will be leading this event again in September for students to learn about this and other historic landmarks in downtown Shelbyville.

It is the commitment of people like the Gallreins and many others who support civic projects that make Shelby County such a vibrant and wonderful place to live. We thank you for your support and hope you’ll take a few moments to stop by the fountain and enjoy the flowers, the cool water and the local history it provides.

Bobbie Smith Bryant

Shelbyville Fountain Committee


This letter was cosigned by Rosella Y. Davis, chairwoman emeritus, Roy Collings, Blythe Collings, Steve Collins, Magistrate Hubert Pollett, Billy Perkins, Patricia Skelton, Mary Hayes Smith, Ronnie Wilson and Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger