Aug. 23, 2013: Our readers write

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Sharing kindness

I wanted to write in about something that has been heavy on my mind and heart. A few days ago, I went through a drive-thru and when I got up to the window, the gentleman leaned out with my food and told me that the lady in front of me had paid for mine and passed along a card for me. At first, I didn’t understand. Maybe it was from the long day or maybe it was just because I am not used to this type of kindness. When I read the card, I realized the lady had shown this random act of kindness in remembrance of Kelli Shaw, who passed away in July 2012 at the young age of 24. 

Though I did not know Kelli, I have thought of her often over the past several days. I have shared this story with others, placed the card on my monitor to remind me to be more patient and kind to others, and called to donate money to the American Cancer Society in her memory. 

I did not get to thank the lady in the drive-thru in front of me that day. So I hope she may read this and know I truly appreciate what she did. Not just for paying for my food that evening, but for opening my eyes to the things which are really important in life — my family, my friends, and my God. I also want her to know Kelli has been thought of, spoken of and other acts of kindness have been paid forward because of her.

Jennie Patterson



Nothing upbeat about meeting

With a shake of the head, I’m still pondering an editorial which described the Bluegrass pipeline company’s open house information meeting Aug. 8 at Pritchard Community Center as “upbeat.”

Does a police presence normally signal the upbeat attitude of hosts at an open house?

Does curtailing the nuns’ freedom of speech — or song, in this case, “Amazing Grace” — suggest “upbeat” hosts? The hosts invited folks, but wanted to hold tight control over their own tempo, as it were.

In all my days, I have never witnessed so many people with righteous anger in one room at any given time. I think our hosts misjudged our feelings in relation to their “upbeat” attitude toward us, and our homes and land.

For that matter, did the pure lack of real and useful information at this “information” meeting suggest a frank approach? No. Perhaps, that would have been upbeat or at least would have seemed honest, but their only “answers” were that they had to keep their “options” open. We are their “options.” Any information was delivered in carefully rehearsed lines, and repeated in an almost robotic manner. This was not dialogue, it was theater, and a tragedy, at that.

Try telling them, simply, “You cannot take my land,” and see how long they remain “upbeat.”

The cookies they offered may have been upbeat. I don’t know. I didn’t take any. The meeting didn’t leave me with much appetite except to try to arrive at the truth: Do American landowners have the right to retain ownership of their property, or can it be seized within the state of Kentucky for the purposes of profit by a private company?

The News-Enterprise does the public a disservice in distracting them from that truly upbeat drum-beat of individual liberties and justice. I suggest those affected find further information at www.stopthebluegrasspipeline. 

Bring your own snacks. Stand for your own freedoms. 

Dorothee Skeehan



In support of theater owner

I salute Mr. Ike Boutwell on his stand not to show a movie that has the traitor Jane Fonda as a cast member. Her actions during the Vietnam War aided and abetted the enemy while we had our armed forces fighting in theater. There is no doubt in my mind her actions of encouraging the North Vietnamese Army lead to direct casualties of U.S. armed forces.

Fonda re-cently said something to the effect of “Vietnam vets need to get over it,” referring to her actions while she was a “guest” in North Vietnam as she sat in the gunners seat of an anti-aircraft gun — I say no, we should never forget or forgive her for being the traitor she is.

Al Freeland



Redistricting concerns

The Radcliff Small Business Alliance is deeply concerned about the current redistricting plan that will deny Radcliff, the highest classified city in Hardin County, and one of only 12 cities in the commonwealth classified as a city of the 2nd class, of a dedicated state representative.

The RSBA goes on the record to denounce this denial of basic representative rights of the citizens of the city and join with the city of Radcliff in seeking judicial review and reversal of this politically motivated, ill conceived plan.

T.W. Shortt, President

John Flanagan, Member