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Letters to the Editor

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By The Staff

Local contractor cares for customersTo the editor: I would like to acknowledge an individual in Oldham County who is deserving of recognition for his steadfast integrity, ethical practices, and highest concern to please his customers. While looking for a house 4 years ago, we came across our subdivision, Clarke Pointe. I loved the rolling hills, large lots and open spaces, trees, ponds, and farms surrounding it. We found a house that Walt Schumm was building and immediately snatched it up before it was finished. At that time houses were selling quickly. We lived in a hotel while the house was being built. Historically, I have had personal experience or heard stories from friends in the Chicago suburbs, where I am from, who have worked with builders with unscrupulous work ethics. Many began building a house after paying for half of it as a down payment, only to find that their builder walked away without completing the work and never to be found again. Others were displeased with the work, could only settle for incomplete work, or constantly argued with their contractors. Before purchasing this home, it was always necessary to have every detail written out and signed in a contract prior to having any work done by a contractor. But with Walt, I would voice my request and trusted that he would make sure it was done according to our specifications. He always followed through, and he would even go the extra mile so that he could be proud of his work and please his customer. There have been occasions that something would go wrong, but I would call Walt and he would be there the same day, or at the latest, the very next day to solve the problem. Most people wait for weeks or even months for their builder to follow up on a problem after their closing. It is unheard of that a builder would still continue to take care of a problem after 4 years, but not when you bought a house from Walt Schumm. He stands by his work, cares about his customer satisfaction, and demonstrates the highest standards of integrity, honesty, and ethical business practices. This acknowledgement is to thank him for giving us this wonderful place that has given us an opportunity to raise a child and spend quality family time; it is our home, created from his hard work, creativity and perseverance.Elayne Karrel,CrestwoodOldham County can no longer afford a county police departmentTo the editor: I see the last couple of decades spent dumbing down America has finally paid off. First, I cannot imagine that the cash strapped fiscal court is spending $27,000 they don’t have in lieu of doing the difficult and responsible task of eliminating redundancy and waste in the budget. Secondly, there should be more information provided about the study group, The American Crime Prevention Institute. I question two or three former low level civil servants making high level fiscal policy recommendations. Third, regarding Boone County. Recheck your facts and you will find that the sheriff’s office is provided for by our constitution. The Boone County police department may have been merged into the sheriff’s office (with the sheriff’s agreement) but not vise versa. The merger sequence suggestion in the article in The Oldham Era is very misleading especially to the average, underinformed reader. The only control fiscal court has over the OCSO is the budget of the office. Lastly, the number of county police departments in the commonwealth has declined from several dozen to just three. Oldham County is one of those three. The disappearance of these county police agencies have been almost exclusively about expense. Our county police account for almost half of our budget. All of the counties formerly having these agencies realized the one thing that Oldham Fiscal Court refuses to accept — we no longer can afford a county police department. Chuck Kimberl,GoshenParents, change isa normal part of lifeTo the editor: The selfish sniping of a few disgruntled parents acting from a position of elitist entitlement is getting old. Children in all Oldham County public schools receive a free and exemplary education from a group of professionals dedicated almost beyond belief, given the continuous whining sure to accompany any of the difficult decisions they face daily. If your child attends any public school in Oldham County, you should be on your knees with gratitude, not constantly pressing your own agenda down the throats of elected and hired school officials who already ensure that your child attends the best public schools in the state. Seeing some of these parents in newspaper photos, proudly posing in opposition to the decisions of professional school administrators, it brought to mind some experiences I had when my kids attended school here. I remembered the kindergarten teachers at Liberty Elementary whose gentle kindness helped my shy son navigate his way to early success and a lifelong love of learning. I remembered the energetic principal at North Oldham Middle School whose expectation of greatness brought out the best in every child and every teacher. I remembered the counselor at North Oldham High School who spent countless hours helping my kids successfully sort through myriad college prospects. I remembered the superintendent who took the time to send me a handwritten note about my child’s academic success. Let’s not forget to acknowledge the basic greatness of the tremendous, beautiful and rare group of individual human beings comprising the staff of Oldham County public schools. They work miracles every day, changing the lives of pre-schoolers, children and teens alike. More often than we’d all like to think, they are the only positive force in a student’s life. It was Martin Luther King Jr. who said, “Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.” I urge those fighting the redistricting plan to work with officials to light the best path to the continued long-term success of all Oldham County public school students. Kids whose parents present going to school — any school — as fun will help the student embrace the excitement of going to a different school. Projecting and voicing your own baseless fears only sets up your child for anxiety about new experiences. Change is a normal part of life.Jan Winter,La Grange