Letters to the Editor - 03.25

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By The Staff

Columnist should stick to stats, photos

To the editor:

The following is a letter to Linda Graves, the News-Democrat columnist in Carrollton who criticized some fans of the Lady Bearcats for their behavior during a recent basketball game.

Dear Mrs. Graves:

Break out the address book and fire up the computer, because you’re going to have to contact every newspaper in the United States to complain about the horrible use of the phrase “air ball” at ballgames. Kids will be kids — you just need to get over it. If they were shouting vulgarities or profanities at the players, I would agree with you, but your claims were entirely too harsh for such common expressions.

The real question seems to be: have you ever even seen a basketball game? Or is this your first? Did they pull you off the cooking column and send you to cover the regional games? In every game, from Kentucky and Louisville to Duke and North Carolina, enthusiastic fans get into the excitement by shouting and cheering. Turn your television to ESPN and watch any game – there’s no exception. I would even guess that “Ginger” and “air ball” are pleasantries compared to some of the other sayings that will flood your ears.

I know these kids, I’ve coached these kids, and I’ve went to church with these kids. They are an outstanding group of ballplayers and wonderful students – and your comments were entirely out of line.

You judge them on 40 minutes during a ball game, for common chants that ring from arenas throughout the nation. I, however, judge them on a lifetime of experiences, and I am not the only one to say that they are some of the best that you would ever want to meet.

Besides, if these boys were hooligans or roughnecks, neither Coach Glen Drury nor Principal Ray Woodyard would allow them to play ball and represent Anderson County. Any previous or current player of Coach Drury can attest to the fact that he does more than teach a kid to shoot a jump shot. He develops young boys into great men of character. He teaches them honor and respect, as well as a sincere love for their team and dedication to their school. That’s what they’re about. Not about harassing others with inappropriate sayings.

My son plays basketball for Anderson County, and he is also one of the hooligans who you were writing about. He says that when you play, you just have to zone everybody out or laugh about comments that are made.

Chants and cheers from the crowd are going to happen – especially ones that are as common in the game as the basketball itself. These chants are not a big deal.

True, there are some situations where sayings are too much. I recently went to a game where two of the top 20 teams in the state played — not ours. The fans took turns shouting extremely vulgar things, using profane language and cursing at players while they shot free throws. This was a terrible site, but this was not the case with these Anderson County boys. After all, I’m almost positive Carroll County fans sometimes use such phrases or boo or heckle the referees. If they do — like all of the other teams nationwide — are they hooligans, too?

If our boys offended you by shouting some of these common phrases, then I am truly sorry. Personally though, if you find “air ball” chants offensive, you need to limit your sports writing to pictures and stats.

Mark Warford


Different roles for shelter, Humane Society

To the editor:

Is has come to our attention that there are numerous citizens of this county who are unaware of the presence of the animal shelter and/or the Humane Society.

Anderson County has both and they are located at 1410 Versailles Road. We just wanted to remind people what we have available and to inform those new to the community.

We have been in this location since 1985 but there are many new families moving in all the time. Don’t hesitate to call if you ever need directions.

The Animal Control shelter is supervised and funded by Anderson County government under the direction of Jason Chesser.

Animal Control is responsible for answering calls and complaints, picking up strays, issuing citations, selling licenses, investigating cruelty complaints, caring for the animals in its care, returning animals to their owners and a host of other obligations. It can be reached at 839-6410. The Humane Society Adoption Center is supervised and funded entirely with volunteers and donations under the supervision of its board of directors. The Humane Society is responsible for medical supplies, veterinary care and bills, adoption of animals from animal control, transporting animals for adoption, care and socialization of animals in its facility as well as animal control when needed, assisting animal control on investigations when needed, educational workshops for classrooms, maintaining a quality spay/neuter voucher program for the community as well as hosting various fund raising events so that we can keep doing what we do. We can be reached at 839-8339.

After dogs have either been turned in or picked up they are held for a minimum of five days according to state law (seven days per county ordinance) at animal control waiting for the owner to claim them. Then they are pulled by the Humane Society to be adopted, fostered or sent to a rescue.

What we want most is to reunite lost pets with their responsible owners. To help find the owners we would like everyone to keep a rabies tag and/or license tag and the owners name and phone number on their pets collar. We also suggest a micro-chip for your pet, It makes it so much easier to find out who the pet belongs to.

The first thing an owner needs to do when their pet is missing is to contact Animal Control at 839-6410 so that they are aware of your missing pet and can check to see if it has been turned in or found running at large and can keep it posted for future reference if the pet should come in at a later date.

Contacting the Humane Society, surrounding veterinarian offices, surrounding animal shelters and placing ads in the newspaper are a benefit as well.

Please be aware that there are leash laws, licensing laws and anti-tethering laws that you may need to acquaint yourself with. For more information please don’t hesitate to contact either the Animal Control officers or the Humane Society.

Delores Snellen