Oct. 26, 2008: Our Readers Write

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By The Staff


Gridlock creates tension vital to legislative process

I believe our government is best served by gridlock. Gridlock is when a majority of Congress is controlled by one political party and the White House the opposite party. Why has George Bush been such a poor president? I would like to argue that it is because he has had six years of a Republican Congress that would rubber stamp anything he wanted.

Why was Bill Clinton considered to be a good president, aside from his extracurricular activities? He had six years of a Republican Congress that challenged him on most of his legislation. Legislation that he got through would have to be bipartisan and probably worthwhile.

Let’s hear it for gridlock

Larry J. Hall


  Dream still unfulfilled

for local tennis players

The newly revised Field of Dreams proposal has received much praise and an endorsement from the editorial board of this newspaper. However, for a certain group of Elizabethtown-Hardin County sports enthusiasts, the proposal is nothing more than a “Field of Nightmares.”

Why? It’s simple. Take a good look at the latest proposal and ask yourself “what is missing?” No tennis courts!

The original proposal, on a smaller site, included a well-designed tennis facility featuring both outdoor and indoor courts. The new proposal, on a larger site, has no tennis courts at all. None. Zip. Nada.

I have asked various people associated with the project why? Their answers include “well, the new site didn’t lend itself to tennis courts very well;” “The need for additional baseball and soccer fields meant something had to go, and that was tennis;” “We still hope to possibly do something for tennis in the future.”

In the future?

It is unfathomable and unconscionable to me that the city of Elizabethtown would consider spending $15 million to $20 million (or more) on a new sports complex and not include tennis. There are numerous tennis tournaments that could be held in Elizabethtown if the right facilities existed, and I can assure the readers of this newspaper there are more adults playing tennis in this county than baseball or soccer.

I have supported the Field of Dreams concept since first revealed. I believe it will be good for Elizabethtown and Hardin County. I haven’t minded paying the restaurant tax since I believed it was going for a good cause. Now I have to confess I am having second thoughts.

I challenge the members of the Elizabethtown City Council to commit that when the Field of Dreams project is finally committed to becoming reality, that the tennis community of this county will not be abandoned. If it is somehow a reality that a tennis center could not be built at the current site (something I find hard to believe) then there should be a commitment for the simultaneous construction of a tennis center somewhere else in the city along with the rest of the project.

Until that occurs, the Field of Dreams remains for tennis supporters nothing more than the Field of Nightmares.

Steve Bland


  Speaking out against

trafficking in humans

There have been many issues the candidates have discussed and debated. One issues they haven’t discussed or debated is human trafficking, a modern day slavery.

According to Today’s Christian Woman’s Magazine from its July-August issue, 15,000 to 17,000 children — some as young as 6 years old — are trafficked into the United States.

These children are promised a better life in the U.S. and get here and are “sold” into prostitution. They suffer many terrible and disgusting things at the hands of their captors.

On Oct. 12, CNN Headline News did a report on this and you can go to its Web site and see the report called “Modern Day Slavery.”

Natalie Grant, a Christian recording artist, is an advocate on behalf of these children. She started the Home Foundation, which can be found online on www.thehomefoundation.net.

Myself and some friends are doing a garage/basement and bake sale from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Nov. 1 with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the Home Foundation.

Come out to Eubank Lane and have some coffee or hot chocolate and “shop” for a good cause. More information and handouts will be available at the sale.

Cindy Brown