Letters to the editor - Aug. 21, 2013

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Pipeline people are singing out of tune
"Amazing grace, how sweet the sound..." Yet, we were disturbed to read the Enterprise report that at last week's information meeting, Bluegrass pipeline officials, backed up by police, told the good Sisters of Loretto to stop the flow of their pipeline of grace, and stop singing.
Pondering that picture while I was snapping beans this week (work - honest work, that is - being good for the soul under duress) I considered the many graces God has granted to this county of ours: good families, clean water, fresh air, elbow room to raise our crops and a crop of good that is, to my friends who live elsewhere, real grace. People long for, work for, hope for what we already enjoy. We remind them of something priceless that often seems lost elsewhere.
The pipeline company talks big talk about "compensation" yet how can they (who don't seem to care much for a fine hymn) understand us enough to compensate us for what they may try to take? Can it be put back? Just like dirt in a ditch? Is there not often some deeper value to land and traditions and a way of life that lets us sit and snap beans and hum a hymn all we want to, sitting on our land? Do they understand that? I've seen no sign of it - quite the opposite.
While working, I thought of men and women who have died for my right to do just that, to just snap beans, who would have loved to have a mess of beans just one more time. I thanked them, and I renewed my vow to fight this pipeline that would march through here and march on, leaving us all entirely, deeply uncompensated no matter what their offers. To those who gave me my rights, and in the very face of those who would dare to take away my land, I sing, "T'was grace that brought us safe thus far, and grace will lead us home." This is home.
Pipeline people - We are a people of grace. Note it well, in Marion County, in Kentucky, in America itself, you are singing out of tune! And we wish you'd hush.
Dorothee McFee Skeehan

Like a child
Picture this: you're trying to find something to watch in the morning. You have a rare moment alone. You're scrolling through, but pause at the sight of an old show that you haven't seen in years. It's not just any show; it's one of your favorites from when you were a child. I say, "You should turn it on."
It doesn't matter your age, if you have a show, watch it! Just before writing this, I was in that situation; I spotted "Blue's Clues.” The last time I watched was probably nine years ago. I decided to turn it on, and I don't regret it. I felt like a child, laughing with it like then. When it was over, I was thinking how much this world has changed. Kids' shows today are less educational, and not long ago, life was easier. Not just for me, a child, but for a lot of people. We didn't have all the electronics, prices, unemployment rates, and most problems today. The only worry of most people was the war in Iraq, yet that's never constant on a child's mind. I've always spared thoughts for 9/11, but around that time, my mind was mainly on my birthday. Most children have little worries.
Some may scorn the thought of an adult/teenager watching a show meant for 3-year-olds, but it has benefits. As we age, we lose part of our essence: innocence. We never lose all, but we still lose portions that keep us children. We get wise, educated, jobs. All of these are wonderful things to do, but they do have one disadvantage. We get older mentally. I'm not saying that it's bad, but most of us seem to age too much. That's why it's good to watch that show. We can reclaim some of that innocent state. This isn't the only way, but it's the easiest.
Finally, I warn you. You may be tempted to change the channel after "realizing how stupid it is.” This is an excuse. A child's show will seem stupid if you aren't thinking correctly. When you were a child, it developed your brain. Now that it's developed, it seems below you.
So, next time you see that show on, will you watch it? I'll now sign off with this: reclaim some innocence, relieve some stress, don't be scared, and watch the show!
Sarah Kuchar, age 15 (almost 16)