Letters to the Editor

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By The Staff

Reader says abortion is biggest issue for election

Dear Editor,

The economy may be an important issue, but the economy strengthens and weakens with changing times, always has, and always will.

It is my firm belief that the most important issue in the November election is that of pro-life. Nothing else can possibly be as important as “a matter of life or death”.

The number of murdered children in our country has now reached the unbelievable figure of 40 MILLION. The worst disaster prior to this time was the Civil War with roughly 600 THOUSAND casualties. Of course, the populace was horrified. What about this new number of fatalities? These innocent victims had no defense at all!

Personally, I have made a vow never to vote for any candidate who does not support human life in all its stages. Sometimes I don’t vote at all for that very reason.

Thank goodness, the McCain-Palin ticket is pro-life and I will have the opportunity to exercise my right to vote. I don’t care whether they are Republicans, Democrats, women, men, black or white.


Sally Keene


Reader comments on library issues

To the readers of the Springfield Sun

I have been using the library in Springfield since I was 10 and it was housed in the Woman’s Club.

I have used many libraries and librarians try to respond to the needs of the community. The Marion County Library furnished one free meal a day to hungry children this past summer – school was out. I used my contacts as a librarian in Frankfort to translate a letter from Russia. We helped an old gentleman in Russia find his wife’s nephew in Paducah.

I had heard of comic books in Spanish. Similar illustrated books in English are very popular among teen library users in Mercer, Washington and Shelby counties, where they are called “graphic novels”.

Joy had ordered some tame Spanish comics and they sent a few lewd ones hoping she would buy them, or a staff person would buy them for himself. She returned those. The amount spent on Spanish books is small.

The Shelby County librarian didn’t have Spanish comics because her Spanish customers were little kids who wanted picture books in English.

I agree with you that money is tight and apt to get tighter. I also remember the last library tax which helped build our current building. One of my high school teachers fought it “tooth and toenail”. After it passed, he retired to Springfield. Every morning he walked to the library and read their copy of the “Courier-Journal”. I looked yesterday. They carry the “Courier”, the Lexington “Herald-Leader” and the Bardstown “Kentucky Standard”, too.


Linda Anderson


Make strides against breast cancer

Breast cancer: Two of the scariest words a woman will ever hear. When I heard those words from my doctor in April 2000, my world felt like it was about to come crashing down.

But then I found hope. I joined the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, an inspirational 5K walk in our community to help raise awareness and funds to support the fight against breast cancer. Through my participation, I have met dozens of other breast cancer survivors in all stages of treatment, many of whom have gone on to live long and fulfilling lives. Seeing other survivors gives me the confidence that one day we will defeat this disease. And I know that hope starts with me... and each and every one of us.

On Sunday, Oct. 26, I plan to walk beside my friends, colleagues and fellow survivors at the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk at Waterfront Park downtown Louisville. I urge everyone to join our community as we make strides toward a future where breast cancer is no longer a life-threatening disease.

I know that more than 180,000 American women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year and more than 40,000 will die from the disease. I am lucky to be one of the survivors, and I walk because I never want my daughter or granddaughter to hear the words “you have breast cancer.”

To get involved, or for more information about Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, contact the American Cancer Society at (502) 584-WALK, or visit www.cancer.org/stridesonline.

Sue Calvert

Breast cancer survivor

Mt. Washington