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Letters to the Editor

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By The Staff

Ditch the vehicle for a carriage

To the editor:

I am trading my 2002 Mitsubishi Montero in on an 1830 Concord Stage Coach. It has all the basic amenities to meet one’s needs with its two doors, nine-passenger seating, and large luggage rack, an extra storage compartment in the back, four horse power and best of all, no gas. Well, sitting behind four horses there will be gas but not the kind you have to buy. I am tired of hearing, reading and the talk about gas prices, and furthermore, I am disgusted with throwing $50 or more into my gas tank at each fill up.

I say we transfer our soccer mom stickers, Christian fish, I am a proud parent of an honor student, and bumper stickers alike to the back of a roomy, gas-free — that is gasoline free — carriage and get back to the basics. Our world would be greener, not just from taking car pollutants out of the air but also by the fresh fertilizer splattered on the ground. We would have extra money, no oil change or tire rotation; just some hay and TLC will keep her (or him) running smoothly. Of course there is the rise three hours early to get anywhere on time but hey, a small sacrifice for not having to worry about how much gas prices raised while you slept.

Torie Combest, Crestwood

Students should be educated with sound facts

To the editor:

In the April 24 edition of The Oldham Era, there were four letters written by local students urging Oldham Countians to recycle and take other measures to clean up the environment. I applaud the fact that local students have passion about political and environmental issues.

What I take serious issue with is the gross inaccuracies that the students put forth in their letters. I don’t blame the students because they get their information from teachers and other sources. One student, for example, claimed that “half of the forests have been burned or cleared for paper or wood products and 80 percent of what’s left has been seriously degraded”. The same student went on to say that “at this pace we will have no more trees in about 100 to 200 years.” Obviously, all of these claims are easily debunked with just a little bit of research. When I was a kid in school I had teachers tell me similarly ridiculous statistics and I believed them. It is troublesome to me that young, impressionable minds are being fed inaccurate information.

I also hold the Oldham Era accountable for publishing these kind of letters. In the “Letters Policy” statement it says that “the Era reserves the right to edit letters for length and ACCURACY.” It would be my hope that false information put forth by a child in a letter to the editor would be easily recognized by most readers of this paper.

However, since I hear equally false and ludicrous statistics in the evening news on a regular basis, I cannot really assume that people will readily recognize false information when it is presented to them. It is my position that those who are in charge of educating our children should educate them with sound facts, not grossly inaccurate statistics aimed at furthering a political agenda.

Russell Wyndham, Crestwood