Letters to the Editor for 6-24-09
To the Editor:
As school has come to a close and 5th street returns to a slower pace, I would like to address everyone who will travel this road everyday come August when school is back in session. This past April a very good friend of mine lost her brother in a tragic accident at the curve near Valley View Apartments. Then just a few weeks ago another friend of mine was in an accident in the same area. This area has always been and continues to be a hazardous curve. The road is in need of being widened and guard rails are greatly needed. Even if you don't personally travel on 5th street, I am sure you know someone who does. I don't know who is responsible for getting a guard rail put up, I just know a guard rail is needed immediately and plans for road widening should be considered.
With traffic for 600 plus students at the new school, soccer field activities, and residential traffic another accident is bound to happen. To our Government Leaders, please help keep another tragic loss of life from happening at this curve by getting a guard rail in place.
To the Editor:
Everyone who loves our beautiful Kentucky mountains should read a new book, "Something's Rising," a compilation of essays by the brave people who are giving voice to the fight against the destructive practice of mountaintop removal in Appalachia, described as "the environmental counterpoint to the Holocaust."
Writings by Jean Ritchie, Kathy Mattea and others who have seen their home places blasted away and Appalachia's streams polluted by toxic sludge dumps make you want to join the outcry against this desecration of our land.
These personal stories tell of the destruction of homesteads, of forests reduced to piles of rock, mud, and rubble, of health hazards, and a disregard for the people who live and work in the coal towns of the region. This is not a book bashing of the coal-industry, but a story about corporate greed, political irresponsibility, media indifference, religious apathy and cultural passiveness. Quoting Denise Giardina, "We're fatalists in the mountains. It's all up to the good Lord … I think that attitude grows out of powerlessness. If we were [other states], this wouldn't be happening, But we're not, we're a third world country" [to the rest of the United States].
One of the essayists says about mountaintop removal, "It's not a liberal-conservative issue; it's a smart-stupid issue." Reading this book will make you one of the smart ones, so please call the Whitley County library at 549-0818 and get on the wait list for this important book.
To the Editor:
Sometimes we forget to thank people or to say I love you. We are always ready to judge others without stopping and looking into the mirror at ourselves.
First of all, I want to thank my boys for being my love, strength, rock and the hardest thing is letting go of them. It’s been rough for us over the years. Just want to say how proud I am of them of the wonderful young men they have become.
I want to thank Mayor Harrison and the ladies at City Hall, they are great people.
The Mayor really cares about the people and kids of our town. He knows the kids of our town are our future. He and his family care at all times no matter what may be going on in their lives. He is all about our town growing.
I want to thank Chief Bird and his officers for caring about my boys. They never had a male roll model in their lives until these guys took them under their wings. Wayne, Jim, Brad, Susan, Bobby (Trooper Gary), have went out of their way for my boys. Also Brandon, Mike, Eddie, Sean, Rick and Trooper Todd.
The Williamsburg Fire Department, Kevin, James and their families have went out of their way for my boys. They are great. Also Troy, Brian and the whole crew.
EMS, Kelly Harrison and her crew, they have been good to them also. 911, Angie and her crew do a great Job.
Larry Wilson at Wilson Auto Repair, James and Pam Hodge, they really care about my family and they care about all. He never turns anyone away because he knows if you turn someone away from the church, they may never find the Lord.
Faith Dehart, Angie Bowling have been great friends. Just remember, there are a lot of selfish people out there who don’t care about theirself mush less anyone else. These people deal with a lot. Just remember a kind word, and a ear to listen can always touch someone.
Also to the young girls and women out there, if someone does something to you tell someone no matter who and never believe it is your fault, no matter what anyone tells you.
Tell someone to stop it before it happens again. Don’t let it control your life.
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