Letter to the Editor

Letters to the Editor, July 26

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Editor's note: 19 years ago, local physician Carl Rogers wrote the following letter which was published in the Aug. 5, 1998 Times-Gazette.

A letter from the past

To the Editor:

I would like to touch upon the highlights of my first day at the fair. I think that restarting the Bedford County Fair along with the Farm and City Week activities is a great idea and has many possibilities. It will take a lot of planning and effort on the part of many Bedford Countians to make it a continued success.

My first day at the fair was quite enjoyable. I had entered the “Sam the Juggler,” often referred to as my “Iron Man,” as a sculpture in the crafts division. He was not quite complete though – I forgot his glasses.

I went out Monday afternoon to return his glasses to him, and found him wearing a first place ribbon. The amusing fact was that he was the only sculpture on exhibit. Without competition he had automatically won first place.

I viewed many of the other exhibits, especially the ones in the auditorium. Bedford County has many good housewives and cooks.

The garden tractor pull was enjoyable, but, unfortunately, many became bogged down in the mud created by too much water being put down on the track.

The beauty pageant was well attended by both entrants and anxious parents. I did not have the time to view the entire program.

I had entered my “One Man Fencer” in the agriculture exhibits. It is a welded contraption, with a roll of barbed wire mounted on the wheels in such a way as to prevent kickback that would foul up the wire. I made it in 1995 when a friend had some fencing to be done. Well, where do you suppose I found the 1995 gadget? It was lined up in the row of antique farm equipment including horse and mule drawn plows, cultivators, planters, drills, fertilizer distributors, and hay balers. Oh well!

There are many other exhibits to be viewed during my next visits throughout the week. Seeing and talking to former patients, especially the children I delivered and “raised” added tremendously to the enjoyment. Other visitors to the fair will see and visit with friends they haven't seen in quite some time I'm sure. The noise of the side show hucksters and the whirrs and squeaks of the motors propelling midway rides is missing, but as the fair progresses they will most likely make their appearance, maybe in a year or two.

Readers of the Times-Gazette: The organizers and volunteers are to be congratulated on the progress made in one year. So please go out and give them your continued support.

Sincerely yours,

Carl Rogers, M.D.


Who will pay for growth?

To the Editor:

 Lately I've been hearing and reading a lot of talk about "progress" in Shelbyville; new companies, more jobs, as well as a new business park being built to attract them, along with a rising population. All this brings to mind the old adage, "be careful what you wish for, you might just get it."

What comes with all this "progress?" Yes, there will be new jobs, mainly for the influx of new residents that move here to fill those jobs. But what is the price tag attached to the new jobs and expanded population? All we have to do to answer that question is look at other

expanding towns in middle Tennessee: More traffic, more pollution, more crime, more congestion, and a general decline in quality of life.

This is precisely why my family moved down here from Nashville 29 years ago; to escape this warped view of "progress," and enjoy a safer, cleaner, and more hospitable environment to raise our son and live out our senior years. Now I see Shelbyville going down the same road as

other communities in this area.

 I'm not against more jobs and opportunities, but when it brings all the negative aspects of "progress" into our town, I think we should ask

ourselves, "is it worth it?"

Bill Davis,


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  • Dear Editor;

    As someone who is new to the area, I think one thing we can do to change our communities is to reach out to our neighbors and try to work together as a community. We have to be the change we want to see and not be so quick to judge others because they may not see things the same way as we feel things should be. I'm willing to reach out and roll up my sleeves to bring about the type of the community that will make a difference and empower others to do the same. I believe our law enforcement does a good job we just need to work together with them as our neighbors to make the difference.

    -- Posted by peoplematter56 on Mon, Jul 31, 2017, at 11:30 PM
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