Letter to the Editor

Letters to the Editor, Sept. 15

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Salute to first responders

To the editor:

"...On some anniversaries we celebrate, on others we reflect."

The 14th anniversary of the attack on America and New York's World Trade Center is one of the times for reflection. There is truly nothing to celebrate in the extraordinary tragedy of 9/11.

As much as I would like to forget some of them, the images from that day will never be out of my mind, nor will the victims and their families.

Lawrence Co. 911 Dispatcher Kelli Fugett also enjoyed an appreciation cake. But there is one memory I want to hold on to, one that I want to cherish as the ddepest and most lasting of September 11, 2001. It is the memory of the heroism and selflessness demonstrated by law enforcement officers, fire fighters and emergency medical technicians who went about their business that day without concern for their own safety and without consideration for the magnitude of what they were confronting.

I suppose the term 'first responders' was around before 9/11 but I can't remember ever hearing or using it before then. It caught on with me because it succinctly and accurately captures not only what these public servants do, but it says something about who they are.

These are people willing to respond without question or hesitation when our community needs them. Men and women willing to make someone else's emergency or crisis their own and to put their lives on the line doing it.

If that doesn't deserve our respect, nothing does.

Most of us have always had an appreciate for first responders whether we called them that or not. At one time or another, what little boy or little girl didn't want to grow up to be a police officer or a fire fighter? As time passes and most of us go on to do other things with our lives, we tend not only to outgrow our hero worship, but also to start taking things for granted. Then some tragedy happens and our attention is drawn to them again.

I am not sure where the tradition of delivering a meal to first responders on the anniversary of 9/11 started in our company, but I'm glad it did. It started out of someone's caring and appreciative heart and spread from employee to employee and location to location until stores all over Kentucky and Tennessee were involved.

No one ever imagined that taking a meal to first responders as a way of showing our appreciation would turn out to mean so much to the people in our company. As more and more people and locations became involved, a simple gesture became an annual Salute to First Responders.

We value the opportunity to show their appreciation to first responders. One of our goals is to encourage others in the community to be involved as well.

Using the 9/11 anniversary as an opportunity to refresh and rekindle our feelings for first responders is a good thing. It's a simple but meaningful way to say, "Thank you, first responders. We salute you."

Gary McNabb

CEO, Cash Express Inc.

Wars that can't be won

To the editor:

Unwinnable wars! What are they good for? I can understand World War II, which came about in the start of my life. Hitler and his associates had to be stopped, mainly because they were so far ahead with the nuclear idea and the delivery system to use it. The primary reason for this letter of ideas comes about by Trump's latest statement of Hillary Clinton being the creator of ISIS. Hardly, for the true blame for these unruly and dangerous factions is the product of tearing down Iraq, which can never be resolved.

I, personally, lay the blame on George Bush and his arm-twisting and bogus lies of weapons of mass destruction. With this said, he strongarmed the Congress and Senate into voting for his lame ideas. Thus, he's left a legacy of the uncontrollable Middle East!

This is nothing new about war-mongering.

The war in Korea, by Eisenhower, produced an earlier legacy of unwinnable results and the splitting of another country. With North Korea, look at what we're facing now, and it's most likely 'unfixable."

Then came Vietnam and Kennedy-Johnson's "unwinnable" war there. We had to accept the Nixon resolution of "an honorable peace!" Again, no win! Just a big pile of debts.

Just a week ago, Obama announced 1,100 troops for the mess in Afghanistan! The Russians engaged in this "unwinnable insurgency" that lasted 10 years and created big monetary problems for the Soviets. Thus, causing their pullout.

How long have we Americans been there? I surmise close to 14 years and we still don't get it.

The U.S. has persisted for many years in promoting the idea, "You must have a democracy!" Reagan convinced Gorbachev to this idea, but it never worked! It was a total disaster!

The biggest problem this country has is "self-discipline" plus we have a shortage of intelligence in elected officials, who got us where we are now.

With two power-hungry clowns insulting each other for the White House, we, the quickly disappearing middle class, are victims of this ridiculous so-called election. We've enough problems struggling with the loss of our lifestyle and the hopes and dreams of a better life, which was overshadowed by forcing us to accept cheap junk products made in Asian countries due to greedy U.S. manufacturers. Nowadays, we're expected to warm up and provide for illegals coming here constantly, so you can most likely get braced for the war-torn Syrians by the millions.

The United States today is nothing more than a big giveaway to the world. We, the citizens, are losers!

Remember, Egypt and Rome trying to control the world fell by their own demise.

J. Augustus Woodward


A cleaner city

To the editor:

There are some things here in Shelbyville that need to be addressed.

For one thing, this old sock factory is an eyesore. It needs to be torn down.

There are several other places where they have torn down buildings and left the debris on the ground. That's also an eyesore.

I think the codes department needs to be looking around for this sort of stuff. To have a better looking Shelbyville we need to have some of these things fixed. Hoping you'll see my point.

Joyce Cunningham


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