Letters To The Editor

Each month, The Kentucky Explorer magazine receives literally scores of letters from our faithful readers. Whenever possible, we try to publish as many of them as possible in the 12 pages we have set aside for "Letters to the Editor."

Here are actual letters from September 2010

Proud Of Kentucky Heritage
Dear Editor:
Allow me to "holler" and say "Hello, Neighbors." I pray everything is going well for the staff of The Kentucky Explorer and extend booming congratulations as the magazine publishes its 25th volume.
As a subscriber, it has been on my mind lately to write and share a thought that I know is on the minds and in the hearts of many thousands of readers and friends of the magazine. Of course, that thought is to thank the staff for "our" wonderful publication. One can only say "our" when knowing the magazine is composed, with great expertise, about Kentucky, its people, and our heritage.
I so often read about the magazine received in the mail and immediately being read from cover-to-cover and then perhaps being passed on to family and friends for their enjoyment. Readers, with each issue, learn lessons and become more and more aware of our heritage set by our ancestors and the many who came before us.
In that context, I can honestly say I just about fell off my chair when reading the May 2010 issue. I turned to page 28, and there to my amazement and delight was an article on Ayres Vaughan. He was my great-great-great-grandfather. I, of course, knew a little about him, but the overall article was a revelation, and it makes me so proud of my heritage.
On behalf of the unspoken majority out across our great land, "thank you" for the time, the professionalism, and the perseverance in publishing a wonderful and great magazine.
Keep up the first-class work and may God continue to richly bless you all.
Dillard K. White
8030 Stone Ridge Drive
Frederick, MD 21702

Received Over 60 Responses
To Recipe Request

Dear Editor:
I would like to thank The Kentucky Explorer for publishing my letter concerning the Friendship Cake recipe, from which I received nearly 60 responses, and to thank everyone who called and wrote.
Not only did I get the recipe I wanted, but other helpful recipes as well.
Richard Cornett
2208 Patricia Drive
Dayton, OH 45420

Hyden Will Always Be Home
Dear Editor:
I was born at Short Creek, two miles west of Hyden, Leslie County, Kentucky. I moved away when I was 15 years old.
Now at 79 years old, I have been in Texas for over 50 years, but I will always call Hyden, Kentucky, home.
My parents were Theo and Ollie Begley. I have three brothers, Jack and Dean, who both live in Hyden; and James, who lives in Tennessee.
James, a United States Army Sergeant during his tour of Vietnam, was the recipient of the Bronze Star Medal which was awarded for his outstanding service. He is a 1964 graduate of Leslie County High School and a graduate of the Tri-City Barber College. He was a barber at the time he was drafted into the service.
Mildred Porter
636 Fenimore Avenue
Irving, TX 75060

These are just samples of the many letters in each issue of The Explorer.