Meet our letter writers: Stanley Sturgill

Stanley Sturgill

Retired coal miner and federal coal mine inspector with 41 years of service to the industry. Married, 66, three children and four marvelous granddaughters. Active member of Kentuckians for the Commonwealth and recently spent two weeks in Washington, D.C. lobbying against mountaintop removal. Active in trying to preserve our beautiful mountains, water and the communities of Lynch and Benham.

What motivates you to write?

I'm an old coal miner, but I enjoy writing and being able to express myself. My motivation for writing is life's daily happenings. I know this is trite, but good, bad, or ugly most times I am motivated and enjoy writing about it. I'm not a very learned person, but when I write it comes from my heart. It's how I feel. You may not always agree with what I write, but that's OK. I don't always agree with many things I read. I'm just thankful for being blessed with a motivation that enables me to write and express myself.

What shaped your view of the world?

I must say my view of the world has probably been shaped and reshaped each and every day of my life. How upset I was to find out the truth about Santa Claus when I was 6. Starting grade school, WOW!! When I was 12 years old and heard the disappointing news on Oct. 4, 1957 that the Soviet Union had beaten us and put the satellite, Sputnik, in orbit. May of 1963 graduating from high school and facing the real world. Friday Nov. 22, 1963: a nation stunned by news President John F. Kennedy had been assassinated in Dallas. A day forever burned in my memory. The nation stunned and saddened again on April 4, 1968, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. gunned down at a Memphis motel. I shook hands with JFK's brother, Robert F. Kennedy, about two weeks before he was assassinated on June 5, 1968 in Los Angles.

Then I rejoiced with the nation July 20, 1969 when Neil Armstrong of the United States stepped onto the moon.

Now I'm much older, but I'm still amazed by each day's happenings that still shape and reshape my view of the world.