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Letters to the Editor

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By The Staff

CASA program seeks volunteersTo the editor:In my training to become a CASA volunteer in 2006, I was handed an article titled “The Children’s Bill of Rights.” That article has been forever imprinted in my mind. You can find it online at ChildrensRights.com but it is an excerpt taken from a book written by attorney Michael L. Oddenino, titled “Putting Kids First: Walking Away From a Marriage Without Walking Over the Kids.” Oddenino wrote the book after going through his own divorce and observed the detrimental effects the divorce had on his children. His book advises parents on how to walk away from a marriage with the least effects on the children.As an advocate for children, “The Children’s Bill of Rights” is an important tool for me as it reminds me that children have special rights and needs that can only be filled by responsible and caring adults. CASA volunteers are responsible and caring adults who whole-heartedly believe that children have the right to: No. 6, grow and flourish in an atmosphere free of exploitation, abuse and neglect. No. 8, children have the right to continuing care and guidance from their parents where they can be educated in mind, nourished in spirit, and developed in body, in an environment of unconditional love. No. 14, the right to be a kid and to be insulated from conflict and problems of parents. No. 15, the right to be taught, according to their developmental levels, to understand values, to assume responsibility for their actions, and to cope with the just consequences of their choices.CASA volunteers are greatly needed in our tri-county area. They advocate for children involved in the family court system due to abuse, neglect or some type of dependency. Volunteers must undergo an interview, 30 hours of training, background checks, and have three references. A volunteer is a lay person, not necessarily from a law background. If you think you could advocate for a child, please call me at 225-4424. Training for Henry, Oldham and Trimble counties begins Sept. 11. Class size is limited. For information, visit casajc.org or nationalcasa.org. Be the voice of a child, become a CASA volunteer!Sherri Caldwell,Coordinator of Volunteer AdvocatesNorth Oldham volunteers treated to lunch FridayTo the editor:On Aug. 15, volunteers came out in full force to help North Oldham High School get back on its feet in time to open after a three-day construction delay. NOHS welcomed about 130 volunteers who helped move furniture, get classrooms ready, unpack textbooks, and much more. To thank those many volunteers, NOHS will host a luncheon for all of those who came out to help with opening day preparations. Parents and students who gave of their time will be treated to a Qdoba lunch buffet in the cafeteria on Friday. If you volunteered at NOHS on Aug. 15, please contact the NOHS office manager and let her know which time you would be available to come for a thank you lunch, either 11:30 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. Students who helped will be given a ticket to show as they come through the buffet line.NOHS would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all of those who volunteered, including:Lindsey Adams, Justine Allen, Denise Askin, Damion Bauer, Alex Bocking, Jachin Boughton, Betty Boughton, Tim Bricker, Ginny Brown, Nicole Bryant, Wyatt Butler, Penny Coleman, Jenna Coleman, Brady Corless, Jake Corsentino, Evan Cowles, Jacob Creech, Chris Culver, Sean Cummings, Mary Day, AJ Deck, Teresa Dempsey, Megan Diffenderfer, Zach Elkins, Kim Esposito, Kyle Feuquay, Tabitha Fink, Zach Fisher, Andrew Fraser, Callie Freeman, Mckenzie Gallman, Holly Gallman, Tyler Geers, Clayton Gerlach, Heather Glenn, Liz Glenn, Rachel Glenn, Ellen Goff, Bekah Green, Jennifer Grimley, Caitlin Hagan, Beth Hale, Michelle Hamilton, Samantha Harrison, Meredith Howard, Ryan Ibrahim, Shadi Ibrahim, Sherri Jacob, Brady Jacob, Ben Jenkins, Emily Jenkins, Elizabeth Jeutner, Steve Jeutner, Paige Jeutner, Hannah Jeutner, Ryan Kaufman, Diane Kaufman, Emily Kight, Laura Lenarz, Jean Lewis, Jessica Lowe, Betsy Lowe, Ben Lowrey, Kim Maddox, Sarah Maney, John Marques, Allye Marquez, Cynthia McAfee, Carson McKinlay, Hunter McKinlay, Alex Miller, Michael Miller, David Mitchell, Matilda Monem, Samya Monem, Ramey Monem, Michelle Muench, Hannah Muzzillo, Shelley Osborne, Erin Ottman, Ali Parrish, Tim Petrosius, Elizabeth Plumley, Andy Powers, Emma Pridham, Hallie Pridham, Jamie Quiggins, Lauren Renaud, Lauren Richards, Rachel Richards, Megan Risinger, Chris Risinger, Drew Roberts, Tyler Robinson, William Schmitt, Ginny Schmitt, Allie Serey, Tyler Shaw, Caylan Shaw, Sarah Shive, Karen Siladi, Vicki Smith, Savannah Smith, Cheryl Sowell, Rachel Sowell, Jason Sterrett, Mike Strapp, Sandy Strapp, Kimmy Strickland, Kimberly Taylor, Celia Taylor, Marion Taylor, Danielle Thompson, Dale Tingle, Seth Tompkins, Ben Tompkins, Amy Trager, Andrew Tuller, Autumn Tullis, Canyon Tullis, Ashley Tyler, Michael Walton, Ruth Walton, Jaci Ward, Kevin Yurt, and Jenny Zimmerman.Many other volunteers came but didn’t sign in, and who came late in the day were turned away as all projects were completed. This volunteer effort depicted the true sense of community in Oldham County, and NOHS is grateful for the help and support!Rebecca DeSensi,Oldham County Schools’ Communications DirectorSeniors from Oldham’s three high schools set record high on ACTTo the editor:The 2007-08 graduating class from the three high schools set an all-time record high score on the American College Test. The district’s composite score is 23.0, which is an improvement from last year’s 22.6 and is the district’s highest composite score.This performance places our three high schools, South Oldham High, North Oldham High School and Oldham County High School, above the state average of 20.9 and the national average of 21.1.Each high school has taken steps to prepare students for this assessment which serves as a reflection of a student’s readiness for college. These results reflect the district’s ongoing commitment of preparing students for college and for life after formal education. Our board of education believes strongly that each student must be equipped with skills in critical thinking, problem solving, written and verbal communication, innovation and technology. This student performance is testimony to the hard work of our students and to the dedication of Oldham County teachers. On behalf of our district instructional team and board of education we congratulate these high school students. A special thanks to district teachers, administrators and school level support teams for all that you do to encourage student learning!Paul Upchurch,Superintendent,Oldham CountyIncreases tax on our insurance paymentsTo the editor:I just received a letter from my State Farm Insurance agent informing me that Oldham County was increasing the tax on my insurance policy payments to 11.5 percent. State Farm informed me that I have been paying this tax since at least 2001. I had no idea! So now I know that I am paying 11.5 percent tax on my three automobile insurance policies, my homeowner’s insurance policy and my business insurance policy. I’m guessing this is about $200 a year. I’m wondering how many other folks out there don’t have a clue that they are paying this tax? Seems kind of sneaky to me. Makes me wonder where else the county is quietly pulling my strings. Can’t really say I go along with paying taxes on the insurance that I have to protect the property that I am also paying taxes on. Anybody else think this is sneaky?Phil Wakeman,Westport