Letters to the Editor week of 9/20/07


Man’s best friend

To the Editor:

You have heard it said that a dog is man’s best friend. I can say that is true of “Lizzie.” She was a shy dog, but just in the last couple of years she had become a good watch dog. She was one of the first to let us know when someone was around. You could hear her barks.

She would run through the yard and to the road to keep her home safe. She didn’t get far from home, but was always nearby to tell us of company arriving. Yes, her bark was worse than her bite, because as far as I know she hadn’t bitten anyone.

She is now just a memory. It is a sad day when those that you would expect to trust, instead betray that trust with a shot that rang out to end the life of “Lizzie.” She was found just outside our back porch, beside the sidewalk. Now we have the job of digging a hole and putting to rest a dog that was loved, fed, and remembered.

So, beware, if you are a dog, just know that a neighbor is not to be trusted. There is apt to be a gun ready to go off in your back side.

Rolland and Marilyn Goodner

Near Fairview

After school programs

Dear Editor:

Following up on the Summer Theater Program at the Hoosier Theater, I’d like to notify participants that there is a VHS copy of the final performance in the Switzerland County Library in Vevay for parents to copy. Ask for it at the desk. If any students would like to see their teachers as actors, Kate Wilford is currently onstage until October 7th at Cincinnati Shakespeare Theater as Lady Capulet in “Romeo and Juliet”. Annie Fitzpatrick stars in a new Pulitzer Prize Winning play, “Rabbit Hole” at Ensemble Theater (also in Cincinnati) which runs until September 30th. Both plays are rated PG. Interested student actors should check this newspaper for tryouts for teacher/director, Libby Kinman’s productions at the Hoosier Theater.

Unfortunately, we will not bring the Afterschool Theater program to local schools, as planned. With the cancellation of our other program, After School Spanish, it’s unlikely the current administration would support a new arts enrichment program, despite student interest and research-proven academic benefits. We will continue to work with the Hoosier Theater, and thank them and the Community Foundation for their partnership and support. If you move to Cincinnati, the Theater program is operating in five schools there, and expects to expand to three more next year.

 On another note, I’d like to thank the Cords, Nancy Peters and others for speaking up and taking action. By having the gumption to exercise and defend our constitutionally guaranteed civil rights, especially our freedom of speech, they are helping to protect us all from abuses of power.

Sarah Brichto

Mount Sterling

Our health

Dear Editor:

With 60 million adults, or 30 percent of the U.S. adult population and 9 million children obese or overweight, increased physical activity for our children and families is of critical importance to our community. According to the New England Journal of Medicine, the current generation of American children could be the first to lead shorter lives than their parents.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, walking is an easy and accessible way for many Americans to meet the recommended amount of daily activity. A study by the CDC found that participating in moderate physical activity, such as walking, for 30 minutes at least five times a week substantially lower the risk of coronary heart disease, stroke, colon cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity.

Walking is not only a good choice for healthy living, but it is also great for strengthening relationships with friends and family. We live in busy times and many individuals and families find that making the time to work out can be a challenge. Walking is a wonderful opportunity to spend time with loved ones, get out of the house to run errands, or to de-stress alone after a long day at work or with the kids. Make walking a time for you – a time for your health and time for living.

Health means different things to different people, and we all have a different focus or starting point. Whatever your focus, the Switzerland County YMCA provides a healthy environment, rich with opportunities for individuals and families in our community to become more physically active this fall. The week of September 24th-28th, the Switzerland County YMCA will join hundreds of Ys around the country for America On the Move Week at the YMCA, a national partnership between the YMCA and the America on the Move Foundation that aims to motivate and mobilize thousands of Americans to take small steps towards a healthier lifestyle.

The Switzerland County YMCA is part of Activate America, a national initiative that is rallying YMCAs across the country to further enhance their service and support to kids, adults and families who want to live a healthy lifestyle, but struggle to do so. As a part of the YMCA Activate America, the Switzerland County YMCA is also deepening our commitment to community wide efforts to promote healthy living and intensifying their collaboration with other community partners to magnify our impact

Eric Cole, CEO,

Switzerland County YMCA