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Letters to the Editor for Aug. 30, 2017

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 Drennon Creek isn’t the only one that’s dying

I am grateful to Earl Holmes Jr. for his letter in the “Local” of Aug. 16. It is a fact that nearly all of our streams are now polluted with toxic chemicals or in other ways degraded.

To Earl Jr.’s testimony about the dying of Drennon Creek, I will add that the native black willows no longer grow along the low-water line of the Kentucky River, and it has been a long time since I have seen a muskrat. 

One of my friends, a trapper, tells me that the muskrats are about gone also from the Licking River. 

I have been asking for years, but I have found no expert who can explain these disappearances.

But no informed person doubts that they, like our thousands of dead ash trees, are part of the price we pay for living as carelessly as we do.

So are the plagues (new in my lifetime) of other diseases and invasive species of plants and animals.

As Earl Jr. suggests, the Billionaire Boys Club and their politicians don’t know these things, and they don’t care.

Wendell Berry

Port Royal

Thanks for the car show support 

I want to thank the community for their support of our recent car, bike and truck show. The show, held Eminence Day at the Independent Auto Auction, was a great success. This was our fourth annual show and attendance has grown each year. You may have seen some of the vehicles in the Eminence Day parade.

Our DAV Auxiliary is in partnership with the Department of Defense to commemorate the Vietnam War Veterans. And, we chose this event to show special appreciation to our Vietnam War Veterans. Our show theme was a “Tribute to Vietnam War Veterans.” The show opened with the Carroll County Middle and High School Honor Guard presenting the colors.  A Presidential Proclamation was read in appreciation for those veterans’ sacrifices. A special commemorative pin was awarded to each Vietnam War veteran in attendance. For more information on receiving a commemorative Vietnam War veteran pin contact the number below. 

We always use our car cruise to support veterans in need. This year we collected food items for Lady Vets Connect, the only shelter in Kentucky for homeless, female veterans. 

The Henry County Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary is the only veteran support organization in Henry County. Membership is open to any honorably discharged veteran and their extended family. We meet the first Monday of each month (except for holidays) at the Eminence Christian Church at 6 p.m. Visitors are always welcome.

Douglas W. Noel, Commander                                                                                                                                        Henry County Unit 155                                                                                                                                                        Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary 

Smithfield

 

145 years of thanks

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for all your support and efforts to help make our 145th parade a success. First, to the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, for all their help, for loaning us their vehicle to transport our former governor in the parade, and thank you for an awesome job with traffic control.

To former Gov. Paul Patton, Bill and Karen Shannon, Jeff Thoke and Joe Yates for all their tireless efforts to help us reach our goal. 

To the fire department for their help. To the Henry County Wildcats Marching Band, the Central High School Yellowjackets and the Kentucky State Marching Thoroughbreds, awesome job, guys! To the Henry County Board of Education, New Castle Christian Church, New Castle First Baptist and to all parade participants — those who drove and those who rode, we could not do this without you. To all past Queens, some as close as New Castle and Eminence, some as far as Maryland and Alabama, thanks for taking time from your day to participate.

A special thanks to those who loaned us their cars and their time to make this possible, to Ben Coomes, J.C. Suter, Danny Holcomb, Glenn Baxter, C.W. Maddox, Victor Blade, Rick Mathis, Brad Puckett, Andy Ivers, Casey Jones, Margaret Beaumont, Hana Lyons, Les Harris, Patrick, John Whitney, Backman Chevrolet, Devin Davis, Browning Chevrolet, Champion, O’Brien Ford, Keith Jeffries and J.T. Stinson. If ever you should need us, we are a phone call away.

To the parade team, who did everything needed from making custom signs and phone calls, to running errands, you have definitely lightened my load. To my sons, Toby and Mays who pulled wagons, packed chairs and a little of everything, and to my daughter and my granddaughters who helped make signs and my daughters who announced the parade, great job! To Vaughn Blade for filming and Debra Fisher for all your help.

Last but certainly not least are those who took time from their busy schedules to stand out in the heat and humidity just to watch, we say thank you.

I would like to apologize in advance if I left anyone out — trust that it was not intentional, only a brain hiccup.

Seldom am I at a loss for words, this seems to be one of those times, so I’ll just simply say, we love you we appreciate you and may God bless.

Margaret Berry, parade coordinator

Washington Lodge 1513 

 

Sept. 26 is Mesothelioma Day in Kentucky 

Mesothelioma is a rare and deadly cancer caused by asbestos exposure.  

Sept. 26 is Mesothelioma Awareness Day in Kentucky.  This date was selected by the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation (www.curemeso.org), and it encourages Congress, cities and states to officially acknowledge it.  

Todd Hall was a victim of mesothelioma. His parents cooperate with the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation in his memory.  When they learned that former State Representative, Ron Cyrus, had died of mesothelioma, they hoped the Kentucky Legislature would honor his memory by officially recognizing Sept. 26 as Mesothelioma Awareness Day in Kentucky.  They initiated the action, and Kentucky Senate Bill 62 passed overwhelmingly in April 2010.    

Kentucky is among the few states that have officially recognized Mesothelioma Awareness Day.

Though the day has officially been recognized as Mesothelioma Awareness Day in Kentucky, it doesn’t generate media attention because no events are taking place.  There is currently no national or state  mesothelioma registry to enable contact of patients or family of victims for organizing events.

Readers are encouraged to visit www.curemeso.org to learn more about mesothelioma and Mesothelioma Awareness Day and to support legislation for a national registry of mesothelioma patients and victims. They are also  encouraged to ask their Congressional Representative to support H.R. 1563, the Mary Jo Lawyer Spano Mesothelioma Patient Registry Act of 2017.

Paul and Yvonne Hall

Lexington

Parents of Meso Victim, Todd Hall (1967-2006)