Letters to the editor

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By The Staff

Super 8 thanked for its generosity

To the editor:

It is with great pleasure and pride that we are writing this letter. Pleasure because we are so happy to do so and with pride to know that we still have honest people in our country. My husband and I were on an automobile trip, returning from Cincinnati after visiting our ill daughter, we stopped at a Super 8 Motel in La Grange.

Three days later, I missed my camera case which contained $139 in cash, an odd amount of change, a $100 gift card from my daughter and her family for Mother’s Day, my driver’s license, Social Security card, a bank card, insurance cards and my camera with memorable pictures inside. Very, very upset seniors living on a fixed income, we had our daughter to help find the number of the motel (a computer whiz). She returned the call, said it was found and they would send it to our next destination.

We want to personally thank the manager, Harry, and the receptionist, Courtney, and the cleaning staff for their generous efforts, not only to take the effort to mail and return the camera case to us, but to return it with everything intact!

Sam and Joyce Betts

Wildwood, Fla.

Residents need to take ownership of county roads

To the editor:

I am writing in response to the letter to the editor in the June 5 edition from Ryan Kaufman with regard to the perceived “huge” litter problem here in Oldham County and the need for our government to step up our efforts.

First, let me say that litter abatement is being addressed in a number of ways. Road crews pick up litter prior to mowing, an inmate litter pickup crew performs roadside cleanup throughout the year as weather permits, and we provide the necessary materials for neighborhood or community groups.

Also, Oldham County Fiscal Court received a substantial grant for litter cleanup for 2008. Non-profit groups are used and receive a stipend for their efforts – the writer of the original letter to the editor was with one of these groups. We offer a larger stipend if the group chooses to segregate what is recyclable to bring awareness to what is being tossed out that has reuse.

We are well under way in these endeavors and, to date, have cleaned more than 250 road miles since April. We also support the non-profit groups by providing gloves, bags and safety vests and collect the bags once the cleanup has been completed.

Placing the sole responsibility on government to make Oldham County litter-free is not the answer. Even though we have made significant progress to reduce litter, behavioral changes need to occur or throwing litter or letting it blow out of vehicles will continue. Citizens of our community need to take ownership and work with us to keep Oldham County one of Kentucky’s most beautiful places to call home.

In closing, one of the letters from a non-profit participant had a very good suggestion. It stated “several students made the comment that if people would be required to pick up a mile of trash before they got their license, they would not litter.” Not a bad idea!

Linda H. Fountain

Oldham County Solid Waste Director

Maintain positive activities at skate park

To the editor:

An incident that occurred last week has drawn attention to the La Grange Skate Park. Evidently, there are several activities going on in and around La Grange that many are either unaware of or choose to ignore.

In sitting at the skate park the last few days observing, I’ve seen some really good, talented kids. They skate, practice their tricks, challenge each other to improve, get exercise, use the trash cans and make really good use of our local skate park.

Then there are a handful of kids hanging out making some poor choices. I saw several cigarettes and cigars being smoked, what appeared to be a joint being passed around, a fight (possibly rough play wrestling) and heard several words I shouldn’t have.

I wonder ee parents, where were you? I know we all have lives and jobs and can’t sit up there 24/7, but was it your kid smoking the joint? Was it your kid fighting? Did your kid bring a pellet or air soft gun to the skate park? Do you know all of this is going on in La Grange?! I didn’t.

I don’t want to see the park shut down. I want to see it get bigger and better! Kids, if you want to skate, come to the park, be respectful and have a great time. If you want to do anything besides skate – please go home!

Holly Lawson

La Grange

Fix Bridge Hill and eliminate driving risks

To the editor:

On Friday evening, I was heading east from Crestwood on Ky. 22 toward Bridge Hill when two cars ahead of me were involved in a collision. As I heard the crash, I saw a red sedan ricochet one way and a black pickup flip over on to the side of the hill. Fortunately, I was far enough behind that my locked-up brakes kept me from becoming part of the accident.

Within seconds, I had 911 on the phone. The very fast response by both Oldham County Police and EMS was impressive. They arrived quickly and took control of the situation. The young driver in the sedan had to be cut out of his vehicle and transported by a stat flight to the hospital. I’m not sure what happened to the others. I pray everyone involved is OK.

My concern and my question is, why isn’t something being done to fix Bridge Hill? There have been numerous accidents on this stretch of state road. What’s it going to take to get the state highway department to correct this unsafe area? A cynical comment was even made at the scene that it “was going to take a politician involved in a bad accident here to get this road straightened out.” I hope that is not the case.

I’m not sure of all the options, but this risk needs to be eliminated now. If another study needs to be done, I will give you my study for free — when there is a light rain, the curve on Ky. 22 becomes as slick as ice and very dangerous. I could not believe how slippery it was when I was walking around after the accident.

One positive from that night is that the tremendous performance by our EMS and police made it clear to me that our emergency responders are very dedicated and well trained. However, all of us who travel Ky. 22 would be much safer if they never had to be called to this location again.

Steve Nethery


Golf scramble a success

To the editor:

The annual Oldham County Charity Golf Scramble to benefit boys and girls ages 8-11 from throughout Kentucky, attending the Kentucky Sheriff’s Boys and Girls Ranch, was June 16 at Eagle Creek Golf Course. Oldham County Sheriff Steve Sparrow hosted the event, which was a huge success for the camp!

We send our heartfelt thanks to Sheriff Sparrow and his crew for their continued support and efforts to raise money for children in Kentucky. Their support and help not only of this event, but of the ranch as a whole, ensures we continue to reach Kentucky’s youth in a positive manner.

We also send a huge thank you for the hard work of all involved; those playing in the tournament, as well as those sponsoring holes and donating gifts and prizes. Your support will see that Oldham County youth, along with children from throughout Kentucky, are able to attend camp and continue to learn the values and morals we strive to teach.

Thank you for an outstanding tournament and we hope everyone will join us for the next year’s event!

Jerry Wagner

Executive Director

Human kindness abundant in Oldham

To the editor:

As a newcomer to Oldham County, I was recently awed and impressed by acts of human kindness I witnessed at least three times on U.S. 42 in Prospect. A mama goose and her goslings were leaving the lakes at Sutherland and attempting to cross U.S. 42 for some unknown reason. Cars started slamming on their brakes, waving arms out windows to slow cars in the other lanes and flashing headlights at oncoming cars to warn them of the parade of geese. We all sat dead still and waited to assure the safety of these animals. It was heartwarming to know that, in some little ways, people still do care for nature and God’s creations. It reminds me of the book, “Make Way for Ducklings,” by Robert McCloskey where a policeman daily stopped traffic to assure the safety of a group of ducklings going to the Boston Gardens. Everyone should read this book to their children or grandchildren!

Joanna Slider