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Letters to the editor

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By The Staff

Clifford is Little League jewel

To the editor:

Our family relocated to Kentucky in 2000 and we thank God at every opportunity for being blessed to live in such a warm and welcoming community. From the onset, the friendly people, beautiful countryside and quality of life Oldham County has to offer instantly convinced us we were home!

When we arrived in Kentucky we had two children. We now have three – ages 6, 8 and 11. Our children are at those impressionable ages where they are learning the foundational values that are so important in developing into productive, upstanding citizens of the community.

One very important facet of our children’s lives that we would not trade for all the gold in Fort Knox is their involvement in participating in the North Oldham Little League. They are learning the value of sportsmanship, teamwork and being part of a community of friends with like morals and values.

The gentleman we cannot thank enough for making available to our children such a tremendous and invaluable organization is Brad Clifford. Our children have benefited from Brad’s kindness, hard work and generosity. They are privileged to be able to utilize the pristine North Oldham Little League’s facilities. Brad’s tireless efforts and attention to detail make the North Oldham Little League a true jewel of Oldham County and of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. We are so proud to be part of the North Oldham Little League experience and will forever be indebted to Brad for all the priceless memories we have made and will continue to make at North Oldham.

Laura and Michael Galvan

Crestwood

Funeral home’s generosity appreciated

To the editor:

We are fortunate to have a new, big and beautiful funeral home in La Grange. The Oldham County Funeral Home is family owned and operated. Recently they provided their community room for a small reception. Lisa Kirby was so gracious and her generosity is appreciated.

Nancy Hahn

La Grange

Napa Auto Center helps out-of-town travelers

To the editor:

We had the best help with car trouble in your town. We were traveling from Pennsylvania two weeks ago when it was a 99 degree day and in Ohio our air conditioning stopped working! We tried to get it fixed outside of Cincinnati but only managed to sit in the broiling sun for an hour with still no hope of getting it fixed. We decided it would be nostalgic to drive with the windows down and let our kids see how we traveled all the time when we were kids. Well, that was pretty miserable. My husband says the inventor of air conditioning should be made a saint. Since my father-in-law grew up in La Grange and we were familiar with your town, we decided that we would try again to stop and get it worked on. The car repair place not only took us right away, they also refused to let us pay. (How desperately bad did we look? – when we went into a restaurant for supper, the hostess asked us if we’d been swimming!) Since the car technicians were so kind but didn’t receive any compensation other than our thank you, I wanted to write and give them some publicity. They certainly deserve your business at Napa Auto Center.

Carla Kelly

Lancaster, Pa.

Too many drivers make Bridge Hill dangerous

To the editor:

The problem with Bridge Hill is simple. It’s not the road. There are too many drivers, in too big a hurry, driving too fast (possibly distracted) and following too closely. If drivers would slow down and space themselves, I believe more than 90 percent of the accidents could be prevented.

I can’t count the number of times I’ve passed drivers who were chatting away on cell phones, attempting to navigate the hilly curve with one hand. Could the 40 mph speed limit be strictly enforced on both sides of the “S” curve? And could the flags be replaced on the speed limit signs?

Sherri Marcoski

Crestwood

Shelter focuses on adoption, reunification

To the editor:

This is a response to Macy Reynolds letter requesting no-kill animal shelters. Miss Reynolds states she did not call the county animal shelter about a loose dog eating road kill on the side of the highway, because she knew we would kill the dog.

Miss Reynolds presumed she knew the policies of this agency.

Oldham County Animal Control keeps extensive and detailed records of lost, found and missing pets. We make every effort to reunite lost pets with their owners, and have many succession reunions to our credit. We have also successfully prosecuted people who deliberately abandon or neglect animals.

Unclaimed strays of good health and safe temperament are given to humane societies and breed rescues, or are adopted out directly from the county animal

shelter.

Suffering animals are indeed euthanized quickly and painlessly. Healthy, gentle unclaimed animals are placed in new homes. That is the only practical and safe solution.

Barbara Rosenman

Oldham County Animal Shelter director

ABC officer’s behavior doesn’t deserve paid leave

To the editor:

I am writing in response to the article in the June 26 issue about the Alcoholic Beverage Control investigator driving under the influence. It concerns me that Mr. Gentry is on a paid leave. Such behavior does not deserve paid leave. Gentry is suppose to be enforcing laws on drunk drivers, but instead cannot even use such discipline on himself. Not only was he putting himself in danger, he was putting all other drivers on the road in danger as well. What kind of example is he setting for the rest of Kentucky? With actions like these, Gentry is telling all Kentucky residents he is above state laws.

Rylie Wallace

Buckner

Residents need to be aware of county’s actions

To the editor:

The Murner administration has been in office 18 months. The administration began by claiming the county is operating in the red and tax increases would be needed as well as good management practices to balance the budget. I’m not sure we have seen good management practices. We have certainly seen tax increases and may well see more in the near future.

The administration has increased property taxes, the 911 telephone tax and has doubled the insurance premium tax in 18 months. As if that isn’t enough, Judge Murner now wants an excessive stormwater tax.

As for bad management, one need only look at the management of Eden Park/Oldham Reserve and the Oldham County Sewer District. Additionally, the planning and zoning commission is operating in a flood of red ink equaled only by the recent flooding in the Midwest. Oh yes, and there is the Oldham County Police Department that has its own problems. The county has already spent more than $27,000 for a consultant to study the police department. We still have the problems.

The state recently enacted legislation regarding the county employees’ pension plan that should result in a significant windfall for the county for the coming fiscal year. Jefferson County could save as much as $5 million due to the legislation. I would expect that Oldham County would realize a savings of at least a quarter of a million dollars. That should be sufficient to eliminate the need for a stormwater tax this year. However, I expect greed will once again cause this administration to press forward for an excessive stormwater tax. Let us not forget Murner and his minions continue to want an airport built at the taxpayers’ expense even though residents have clearly demonstrated they do not want an airport.

The recent Community Connection night, which was sponsored by the present administration at the John Black center, resulted in only five or six people being in attendance. The question is, does this reflect apathy on the part of the people or total frustration with the administration? What is clear is the people of this county need to get involved and strive to bring about change in county government. People need to be aware of what the administration is doing and to let their elected representatives know how they feel about issues.

Dewey Wotring

La Grange