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LETTERS: Commentary and notes in our mail: Update May 15, 2006

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

'It's neater and easier to read'

The new format used on the website today is fantastic . . .please keep it this way.

It is neater and much easier to read. Thank you for the service you provide for your readers.Rebecca Grant

Editor's note: Thanks for noticing. We hope you do like the new format. It was all done to add speed, snap, and better navigation. The new format still has some fine tuning, but we hope you find it easier to access your favorite sections now. We especially want reader's to try the "Topics" button in the Site Menu. We hope you find it a handy new navigational tool.

Writer, friends keep with news of hometown on website

I recently moved out of town and have two cousins who live in my current city who are also from Columbia.

We frequent your website to catch up on news from our hometown.

We would like to submit birthdays to our families monthly but since there are 3 of us and it includes two sides of family, the list may be extensive.

If it is too much, we understand and will not submit or will shorten it, please just let me know.

I enjoy writing and perhaps someday I will submit a story about my Adair county family history or something of interest to Adair County residents.

Becky Burton

Editor's note: Of course we want your birthday news! Thanks for sending the wonderful list. They are posted now. We hope you'll continue to contribute and look forward to the story about your Adair County family history when it arrives. Thanks so much. -Ed and Linda Waggener

Keeps up with Columbia online

I keep up with the news from Columbia online.

Thanks so much,

Danny Blankenship
Leitchfield, KY

Contributor asks about story

I submitted a story using the webmaster@columbiamagazine. I attached pictures and an article about a recent activity my class completed with LWC Children's Literature class.

I was interested in when it might be posted. Please let me know if you didn't receive it, I will re-submit it!


Christie Paxton

Kindergarten teacher, Colonel William Casey

Editor's note: The webmaster did receive the packet and forwarded it to us. We are working to open it now. We're running your letter to let you and others who may not know what happened to submitted stories which do not appear online. Occasionally we have a problem with the format, occasionally we can't find a way to respond, and occasionally, yes, even we lose things. We do mean to answer every correspondence, but if we don't answer yours, please do contact us by phone, email, or through the US Postal System. Linda and I really appreciate all the contributions which have created such incredible traffic on the site. -Ed Waggener

Sunday, May 21, 2006

A letter we treasure; reader likes up-to-date news

We wish to praise your hard work in keeping this websiteup-to-date.

Everyone I know enjoys it.

It wonderful to have current news, as well as history for my generation and ones younger who would never know or have access to it otherwise.

Thanks again

Amy Mitchum

Columbian Donnie Perry will be at Art in the Alley

Thank you so much for adding our event to your 'magazine'! It looks great!

We even have an exhibitor from Adair County, Donnie Perry, bringing his pottery. He is also going to demonstrate how he makes his pottery, so it should be fun.

Thanks again for your help.

Diane Hall

To see the complete story on Art in the Alley, Click Here.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Reader right, we had it wrong on Kelly Hamlett. He won.

I was looking at the results of the election that you had posted on and was wondering about your results for the magistrate race of the second district.

I was at the courthouse last night and listened to the radio on the way home and this is the results that I have: Kelly Hamlett 166. Joe Kimbler 143. Ted Turner 53. Steve Curry 88. I was wondering where the information that you have posted came from?

This is what you have: Kelly Hamlett 108. Joe E. Kimbler 120. Ted Turner 45. Steve Curry 76. I would appreciate a response as soon as you can.

Thank you,
Susan Anderson

Editor's note: You are right. We got the transcribed the figures incorrectly at the courthouse last night. We're looking around for someone to blame it on, but so far can only find us. Ann Melton and others have told us about the mistake today. Thanks for bringing it to our attention. It has been changed, to correctly reflect Mr. Hamlett's victory.
Family and friends recognize special achievement

Congratulations to our special senior of Lindsey Wilson College, Jessica R.Phelps.

She graduated on May 13, 2006, at 10:00 a.m., earning a bachelor of arts degree in Human Service and Counseling.

We are so proud of you, and we love you so much.

Congratulations, again Jessica.

Connie Polson and all your family and friends

Monday, May 15, 2006

Board membership needs fresh faces. Dohoney/Dehoney spelling. The mystery of Ed Collie. The immigration controversy
Writer suggests rotations on appointed, elected boards

I think it is time for new blood on the P&Z board.

I think that every few years all the board members need to be replaced.

Not just the zoning board but all boards: water, hospital, cemetery, P&Z. City Council, Magistrates, etc.

It prevents people from becoming entrenched and getting too powerful.

A Reader

Editor's note: Didn't understand the P&Z comment, since the note was received right after a new board took office. This note was sent unsigned. But since it is a well-written, thoughtful comment on a subject we've long wanted thought needed much more discussion, we're running it even though it is unsigned. Maybe the whole subject of interlaced boards ought to be examined.

May this can be an issue in the general election. Maybe it's time Adair County adopted a "One person, one board approach." Maybe the folks appointing board members ought to look out and see that all wisdom in Adair County is not resident in five dozen heads.

What do you think? Signed letters have more impact and are more likely to be printed. Send your thoughts to:

Lefty clarifies Dohoney/Dehoney spelling; makes statement on Ed Collie mystery

Jean Dohoney is married to Lynn McLean, Lavelle (FARRIS Shepherd)'s 1st cousin. And, of course, it is spelled with an 'O'. (Dohoney)

You might inform your northern Bureau Chief, that 1947 was 59 years ago. I'm sure most of the class won't want that info spread around!

Morris "Lefty" Shepherd

P. S. We don't know how the name Ed Collie got on our commencement list. We first met him at Lindsey. I don't think he attended CHS.

Note: Most members of the class say there were 24 graduates, but the Commencement Program lists 25, including Ed Collie. Does anyone know the real story on how Ed Collie's name is included in the list? If so, let us know. -Ed.

Writer not against immigration, but wants it done legally

Read the first letter regarding immigration and how this immigrant feels.

I agree with him, have no problem with someone coming to America to better themselves but do it legally...we can't go to their country without a valid passport.

Rebecca Grant

"Cherish Yesterday, Dream Tomorrow, Live Today"To read the letter Rebecca Grant refers to in the Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY, "Letters to the editor" Click Here.
On Tom Chaney's Book Review: Morris Grubbs' Home and Beyond

Ed and Linda,

This man is GOOD!

Is there any way you can bully, blackmail, or beguile Mr. Chaney into contributing to CM more frequently?

He knows literature, writes outstanding reviews, and has a decidedly wicked sense of humor.


Editors' note: Thanks. We agree. And we'll try. We recommend a pilgrimage to the Horse Cave, KY. The Bookstore is less than a block away from the Horse Cave Theatre, smackdab in downtown Horse Cave. get an audience with the Great Man, and tell him to write more. While there, buy a few good books. Then, if you're lucky, listen to some Aunt Daisy and Calving Trilling stories. When the time is right, strike. Inveigh, inveigh, inveigh! for more great writing. At least scold him about the book he needs to write.

On the passing of Bertha Burton

Bertha was . . . a sweet and kind hearted lady

Our sympathy goes out to the entire Burton family.
Bertha had a great sense of humor.

She was a lot of fun and such a sweet and kind hearted lady.

She will be missed by all.

Floyd, Sharon and Julie Burton

Another note On the passing of Bertha Burton

Sometimes, history happens before our very eyes

In 2000 I did some business with Bertha's son Jerry Burton and he told me about their family reunion occurring the following weekend. I drove back from Lexington and attended and was pleased to have met Bertha.

I do not recall meeting her any other time, but she was my great great aunt.

It was such an honor to have met her and been able to talk with her for a few minutes. It is such a shame that I didn't get to know her better, but as any of us Burtons know there is so much family and so little time.

It was also quite an honor to have even known someone from her generation. Her Father-in-law was my great-great-grandfather who was born in 1855, ten years before the War.

As someone once told me, history happens before our very eyes. Even though Bertha was a little young to have known her father in law (who would have been around 4 at the time of his death) she (somewhat unwittingly) represented a living connection to that era.

My sympathy goes to the immediate family who now has a hole that will never be filled.

Leonard Burton,
Wilmington, NC
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