February 20, 2013

Inbox — Feb. 20, 2013

Letters to the editor

Watch Your Step

This past weekend I had the pleasure of enjoying a stroll along the new Big Four Bridge. It was nice to experience the civic pride evident as Louisvillians of all shapes and sizes made their way up the ramp and across the bridge. My pride, however, took a severe blow when I stepped in a pile of steaming dog crap. As I scraped the evidence into the mighty Ohio, I looked around for the culprit and realized the bridge was full of dogs. I thought I was in the midst of the Westminster Dog Show. I don’t mind if people want to walk their dogs to “almost Indiana,” but why would someone let his dog crap in the middle of the walkway? At the very least, authorities should place plastic bags and trash receptacles more frequently along the bridge so owners can make deposits.

Also, the music was a little jarring to say the least. At first my wife and I thought some rock concert was taking place over in Indiana, but as we approached the middle of the bridge, we were overcome with an ear-splitting guitar solo. I was looking around for people holding up lighters and shouting for an encore. Overall, I look forward to the completion of the bridge and the invasion of Indiana. After seeing all the dogs headed their direction, the citizens of Jeffersonville better start investing in pooper-scoopers.

R.C. VerWiebe Jr., Highlands

Fourth Street Kingdom

What’s the difference between Kentucky Kingdom and Fourth Street Live? A few years ago, some members of the Metro Council bitterly complained that the forgivable loans granted to the Cordish Cos. for the development and management of Fourth Street Live were wasteful. Today, they’re enthusiastic about the Metro government tax rebates and grants to be given to Ed Hart and the new owners of Kentucky Kingdom. The purpose of all this government money appears to be the same to me. Money is money. What was the point of all that grumbling about Cordish?

Tom Louderback, Highlands

Cheers for Cartoon

I thoroughly enjoyed the Sherlockian cartoon by Bruce Thomas of The Louisville Cartoonist Society in the Jan. 30 LEO. Being an invested member of The Baker Street Irregulars of New York and an avid reader/collector of all things Conan Doyle, it was a pleasure to see mention of the last and least known of the four Sherlock Holmes novels, “The Valley of Fear” (1914/15). Many people are aware that Sherlock Holmes first appeared to the public in the December 1887 issue of Beeton’s Christmas Annual in a novel entitled “A Study in Scarlet.” This was followed in 1890 with the second novel, “The Sign of Four,” and again in 1901/02 with perhaps the best known of the four novels, “The Hound of the Baskervilles.”

I highly recommend your readers locate a copy of “The Valley of Fear” and read it, as a big part of it is set in North America much like “A Study in Scarlet.” One will read of The Scowrers, the local name for members of Lodge 341 of The Ancient Order of Freemen in Vermissa Valley (Pennsylvania), based on the real-life society known as The Molly Maguires. The group will continue to carry out their dirty deeds until they are eventually suppressed by Birdy Edwards and the famous Pinkertons. Sherlock Holmes is, of course, instrumental in deciphering the meaning of many of the events that occurred in Vermissa Valley.

Ralph Hall, Buechel

Still Not Scared

Mark Milby’s Inbox letter about the fear of God didn’t scare me (LEO, Jan. 30). Who’s to say these shooters don’t believe? I can’t say I’m sure about some of the recent psychos, but I do know Hitler believed. Charles Manson was infatuated with the Book of Revelations. And finally, all U.S. presidents have been considered Christian, and each since Nixon has said “God Bless America” meanwhile waging wars and invasions killing a lot of innocent people. Seems to me Nixon was singing God’s praises shortly after 1960, which, according to Milby, is when people lost that third crucial fear. Anyway, these actions by our leaders don’t go unnoticed. No, sir, I’m not a believer, yet I value my morals deeply. It comes from how I was taught to be by those closest to me. That and a fair balance of certain chemicals in my brain where these school shooters are lacking.

Sean Brown, Highlands

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