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 March 2015

The Truth About Kit Carson
Dear Editor:
The Kentucky Explorer's January 2015 issue unfortunately reprinted an article from the October 7, 1910, issue of The Hartford Republican entitled "Kit Carson: American Trailblazer and Indian Fighter."
That article drew the absurd conclusion that the Southwestern Indians respected Carson in his federal government career as an Indian agent. They did not and still don't respect him at all. I'm from Russell Springs in Russell County, Kentucky, and I think Kentuckians want the unvarnished truth; Carson treated the Navajo barbarically.
In the summer of 2014, I visited Taos, New Mexico, the last home and burial place of Kit Carson who was from Madison County, Kentucky. Tiwa Indian guides at the 1,000-year-old Taos Pueblo village said Mr. Carson destroyed Navajo livestock and crops and chopped down a thousand of their peach trees in their sacred fertile valley known as Canyon De Chelly in nearby Arizona.
He instituted a "scorched earth" policy against the Native people , two of whom he had earlier married. He starved the Navajo out of Northeast Arizona and rounded them up at Fort Defiance and forced them to walk, in a malnourished condition, 300 miles in 53 different forced marches to the overcrowded and unsanitary concentration camp at Bosque Redondo, New Mexico.
Four hundred of the 9,000 total inmates died enroute, hungry and exhausted, and were shot if they fell behind as they struggled to carry all their possessions.
Mr. Carson had some good qualities, but respecting Native Americans as human beings was NOT one of them. For this I disrespect Mr. Carson and take the time to correct the record here.
I enjoy The Explorer's effort of documenting the history of my Kentucky home.
Allen Meece
807 Ashe Street
Key West, FL 33040

Born At Wolf Coal
In Breathitt County

Dear Editor:
I was born at Wolf Coal and lived in Breathitt County for the first four years of my life, before my family moved to Fairborn, Ohio.
I have traveled extensively throughout Kentucky during my career as a professional engineer and still manage to get back to Jackson for annual family reunions.
I enjoy each issue of The Kentucky Explorer and think the staff performs a top-notch job in all phases of its publication.
I recently bought a copy of Volume Three: A Photographic Look of Breathitt County. I am looking forward to buying Volume Four as soon as it becomes available.
Ion Deaton
3126 Gracefield Road, Apt. 322
Silver Spring MD 20904

More On Green Frogs
Dear Editor:
I enjoy each issue of The Kentucky Explorer.
In response to Silas E. Owens letter, in a previous issue, regarding frogs, I had the same experience.
Some years back I was walking at my daughter's home in Northern Kentucky.
A storm came up suddenly with rain and wind like none I had ever seen. I was soaked by the time I reached the house.
Just as fast as it started, it stopped. When I went outside, everywhere I stepped, I stepped on a frog. They were tiny, maybe an inch long, and were a transparent green.
They were all over the grass and cement, as far as I could see. There was a pond on one side of the property and a lot of trees in the back. I could not tell where all these frogs came from. My son-in-law said they were tree frogs. I don't know.
Now, Mr. Owens, I am waiting for your story about going to the end of the rainbow.
Annalene Ellison Vargas
2101 Waller Road
Verona, KY 41092

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