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Hey, Carlson, is Obama the devil or not?
To the editor:
You have supplied everyone with some needed comments and views about local issues. But you haven’t expressed your opinion openly about our current president on the first page of the editorial section, sir.
[Some of my relatives] have expressed their view, in private, that Barack Obama is the devil incarnate. Mr. Carlson, could you please disabuse them of this quaint notion about our president — about this very bright and well-meaning man?
‘Weak link’ hunters shouldn’t shoot dogs
To the editor:
Hunting or harvesting deer for some is a long-rooted family tradition.
Since the time we depended on it for survival we did so with respect and gratitude for our bounty.
Of recent times some sportsmen seem to desecrate nature and traditional values. I would have hoped even in the good old boy club someone would call shame to these slackers. Especially when they hear of someone shooting dogs.
For some, that needs clarifying.
Many think of dogs and cats as members of their families. Last fall, the paper ran a photo for months of a missing dog. This dog was loved by many.
It appears he did what some dogs do, run deer. Apparently he ran into a weak link with a hunting license.
Hearing someone was told of someone claiming to shoot a dog, I can’t help but wonder if anyone called him on it? Maybe if they would submit the photos in The Anderson News of the pets, along with the deer they kill, there would be closure for the families waiting and praying for their return.
Select players by ability, not name
To the editor:
When will kids in Anderson County be chosen for athletic teams based on their abilities, not their last names?
As I sit here thinking about this issue, I realize that nothing will ever be changed about this subject.
Why? Because it’s been like this as long as I can remember. That doesn’t make it right.
There are plenty of kids out there who, if based on pure ability, would be picked for these teams. But it seems that really doesn’t matter. It’s all about who they are or who they’re related too. Which, by the way, is wrong.
I do realize that you can’t pick everyone. That is just part of it. But if you have tryouts for a particular sport you have to be fair and reward those who work their behinds off. All they’re trying to do is make a team that they want to be a part of so bad.
I heard recently that a particular coach wanted kids that would be a contributor to the team. That’s good. That’s what you want in order to have a good team. But how does this coach know who would and would not be a good contributor? I say if the kid gives his or her all at tryouts and does everything that is asked of him or her and then you have some just loafing around cause they already “know” that they’re on the team, why wouldn’t you give those that gave 110 percent a chance?
I know every kid is different. Not every kid is athletic. No one is to blame for this. It just happens to be that way sometimes. But when a lot of people (not just one or two) notice several kids who really do try hard and know they give 110 percent and see them not goofing off and paying attention and all the while knowing they can play the game just adds to the “mystery” of why they didn’t make the team.
I know some out there that will get mad over this letter. They will probably say quit crying. This is not crying. It is merely stating an ongoing problem that has been going on here for years and years.
I would also be willing to bet that their kid or kids probably always make the team.
They’ve probably never had to deal with this issue. They don’t see the hurt that a kid feels when he or she comes home and says I didn’t make it. Especially when he or she knows they should have made it. It most definitely wasn’t for lack of effort.
I’m sure I am not alone in my thoughts. There are more parents out there, I’m sure, who have to try and explain why their kid didn’t make the team. I also know that it’s not the end of the world. The way I see it, and I’m sure others will agree, it’s the team’s loss. The question still remains. When will it change? The answer: probably not in my lifetime.
Another one of ‘those people’
To the editor:
I’m writing from Virginia Beach, Va. I grew up in Mercer County and my mom (God rest her soul) was originally from Lawrenceburg (Winkie Drury Lunsford). My sister and brother-in-law currently live in Lawrenceburg (Meacia and Bob Mugge) and I read the local papers online to keep up with the local news.
When I read [Shannon Mason Brock’s column] about “being one of those people,” I had to respond. Yes, there are others out there, and yes, I know how she feels.
My husband and I have a wonderful 3-year-old Lab mix dog, Azubuike. Each May we visit our family in Kentucky and we take Azubuike to a local kennel. It’s no ordinary kennel. It’s a converted horse barn with actual rooms for the dogs. Additionally, they have lots of room outside to play and dig and rough-house.
However, while in Kentucky, I know we mention Azubuike at least 20 times a day (and that’s not counting our “inside voices”). No doubt that our family members think we’ve lost it. Some have even called us “dog brain dead” meaning we have lost all focus on the “real world” and think of our dog as a member of the family. As he is.
I can’t write about Azubuike without mentioning our cat, Oscar. He too is a member of the family and is mentioned just as frequently as Azubuike. Although, he gets the luxury of staying at the house when we go out of town — our neighbors check in on him.
However, when we walk through the door after our Kentucky vacation, Oscar is waiting there with his meows, rubbing against our legs and following us through each room. He knows it’s his time to get a week’s worth of missed loving.
I believe only people with pets can genuinely understand where we’re coming from. Others just laugh and shake their heads in wonderment. I agree with you, people can laugh all they want, but it certainly feels wonderful to come home to a lick or two and a tail wagging when we’ve had a rough day.
Animals seem to put things into perspective. They love as mothers and fathers love — unconditionally. And to me, that is certainly something to treasure.
I enjoyed your article. Feel free to print this letter to let others know that yes, you may be one of “those people” but you certainly aren’t alone.
Sheena Lunsford White
Virginia Beach, Va.
City, county worked well together
To the editor:
Cooperation is a great thing, especially among governments.
The Lawrenceburg City Council met Monday night in its regular meeting for the month of February. We had a lot to celebrate as we heard reports from disaster and emergency service director, Charlie O’Neal.
The ice storm that hit our city and county caused a great deal of inconvenience and damage in our community. Downed power lines, structure fires and ice covered roadways put many obstacles in the way of those who serve our community in such fine fashion.
Our local utility providers called upon help from all over the region as they risked their own personal safety to restore vital services to those who had lost them.
Working in extreme cold and in icy conditions with tree limbs falling all around them, they turned our city back on, restoring badly needed power.
Our citizens also showed their character, both those who served in the shelter at the Methodist church and those who called on and visited their neighbors.
In driving around I saw people clearing driveways, taking others to work in four-wheel drive vehicles and providing a warm place to stay in between power outages.
The communication and cooperation among city and county emergency services, our public utility providers and the volunteers who sheltered, called on and provided assistance to others shows a great model of how communities come together and serve one another.
It is with that same working cooperation that the city council voted last night to join with the county fiscal court in the purchase and deployment of the One Call Now system for the residents of Lawrenceburg and Anderson County.
This system gives us an additional tool to use in cases of emergency to help communicate and inform our citizens. The system utilizes advanced geographic mapping to allow emergency service personnel to get word out about a variety of topics from boil water advisories, to severe weather watches and shelter locations for those in need of assistance. This is one more way governments have reached across boundary lines to better serve the community in which we live.
We owe all of those involved in helping us recover from and weather the ice storm a great deal of thanks. It is this type of selfless cooperation that gives us such a great community to live in.
Lawrenceburg City Council