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Letters to the Editor

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By The Staff

Party chair seeks another termTo the editor: I have been actively involved in Republican Party politics in Oldham County since 1971. I have served as chairperson for the Republican Party for eight to 10 years. I am currently serving as a member of the Executive Committee for the Kentucky Republican Party, a position I have held for several years. Many of you may remember me as a former staff person for nearly 10 years, serving two members of our U.S. Congress. I am currently seeking another four-year term as Oldham County Republican Party chair. I have been advised by several people, including some personal friends, that they have been contacted by a magistrate, who has informed them that I am not seeking re-election and he has been attempting to recruit a replacement for me. I want to inform all that, first, this individual does not have the authority to speak for me; and secondly, is not currently a member of the Oldham County Republican Committee. My volunteerism in my county and neighborhood has not been limited to partisan, political activities, so I have been well known to many for the 37 years I have lived in Oldham County. I am now asking for your support for me and my attempt to seek another term as GOP county chair. There will be elections for county party reorganization March 8 and 15. Delegates and alternate delegates to the district and state conventions will be selected at this time. Please become an active participant in your Republican Party. Both meetings begin at 10 a.m., per state Republican Party rules. If you want to help, and support me, please call GOP headquarters, where I volunteer five to eight hours daily, at 222-8832. My home phone number is 228-8542 and my e-mail is Afg1226@cs.com. Thank you for your consideration.Anne F. Gernstein,Republican Party of Oldham County chairSchool board committed to being energy efficientTo the editor: In response to a letter by Joan Lindop published in the Feb. 21 edition of The Oldham Era, it has been our experience that the Oldham County Board of Education is very proactive in promoting energy conservation in school building design projects. In fact, the last two schools completed, Harmony and Kenwood Station Elementary are Energy Star Award facilities. The Energy Star Program was developed by the U.S. Department of Energy to honor facilities that demonstrate superior energy performance. It is a performance-based program with measurable guidelines that are influenced by a facility’s enclosure, mechanical and electrical performance, and user operation. In fact, Harmony and Kenwood Schools are two of several being featured in a conference on high performance sustainable schools sponsored by the Governor’s Office of Energy Policy, the Kentucky National Energy Education Development Program, and the U.S. Department of Energy March 19-20 in Louisville. SKC is proud to be the Architects for Kenwood Station Elementary. It is our belief that our new Locust Grove School will also qualify as an Energy Star facility. The new Locust Grove and the new Crestwood Elementary Schools are among the first schools in the nation, and in Kentucky that are using insulated concrete forms along exterior bearing walls. These are expected to advance the Oldham County Schools’ energy savings even more than at Kenwood Station and Harmony. Other means and technologies that should enable us to save even more energy will be incorporated when their effectiveness has been clearly demonstrated. SKC commends the Oldham County Board of Education and Mr. Ewalt, director of facilities, in requiring that all new district facilities be designed and operated to such high performance standards. This savings in energy dollars can now be more appropriately used to benefit our school children. Ms. Lindop is correct in her concern for energy efficiency and conservation. What she may not know is that the Oldham County Board of Education does require efficient and responsible design by all of its architectural and engineering design consultants, as well as responsible building operation by the school administration. A facility does not have to be enrolled in the LEED Program to qualify as being energy efficient, environmentally conscious, and cost effective.Stan Klausing ,President, Scott-Klausing & Company Architects,La GrangeMurner family thankscommunity for supportTo the editor: On Jan. 23, Chris Murner, our son/husband/father, suffered heart difficulty followed by a sudden aortic rupture while on the operating table at Jewish Hospital. He has since been hospitalized in intensive care, at Frazier Hospital for rehabilitation, back to Jewish in ICU, and now back at Frazier. His heart is damaged and he has some serious re-hab ahead, but he is miraculously alive. That fact is thanks to the many medical professionals, beginning with those at Baptist Northeast and continuing through those in the Jewish system in Louisville – their training, experience, dedication and judgment. But there is no doubt in our minds that the single most significant factor in his recovery is the support of the Oldham County community. Your prayers, visits, good wishes and blood drive have meant more to our family than we can ever express. Thank you.Duane Murner, Lori Murner, Jessie Murner, Anne Murner, Daniel MurnerOldham CountyHomeless issue needs attentionTo the editor: Hats off to John Foster and The Oldham Era for your Feb. 21 article highlighting the problems of homelessness and the need for transitional housing in Oldham County. The problem of families in need of housing and assistance seems to be “our dirty little secret” in the county too often swept under the rug. Think about it ee how many of you and your neighbors are struggling to work more than one job just to survive, put groceries on the table, pay $3 or more for gas, etc.? Many families in our county are truly living paycheck to paycheck, and the reality of owning a home for such wage earners is becoming increasingly unlikely in Oldham County. Rental and transitional housing is the only option for many of these families to remain in the county, let alone get back on their feet. As a minister, I along with other area ministers of churches, social service providers and community agencies in Oldham County are seeing a growing demand and need to provide adequate, realistic help and options for such folks. I encourage landlords, developers, local officials and those who see these needs to connect and look for creative ways to address this growing problem. To fail to do so now only means a much greater challenge in the future.Dr. Lynn Traylor,Pastor, Buckner Baptist Church,Buckner