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Letters To The Editor

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By The Staff

Political signs seem to disappear

Political signs

seem to disappear

To the editor:

Over a period of several weeks, supporters of David Harper have been placing political signs in the community for the upcoming election and the signs have been disappearing at night. ... I hope readers are aware that the theft and/or removal of these signs is a crime and punishable by law, as is the defacement of the signs.

The election is a community event for supporters to rally around their chosen candidate. It is not an opportunity intended to threaten, intimidate or harass those in the opposing corner of the ring.

Rebecca Bailey

La Grange

Bank CEO served customers

To the editor:

I am a retired realtor of 20 years in the Oldham County market. It is with great sadness that I read of the retirement of Billie Wade in the March 25 edition of The Oldham Era.

I met Billie when Oldham County was growing and new construction was booming. CUB was a bank you could go to that understood the market, the area and knew that a “comparable” property may not be within two city blocks. They were well versed on their position in the community and believed in us.

At the helm was Billie Wade, rather soft spoken, with an understanding of the housing market and the ability to envision the total package.

This is a locally owned bank that believes in local people. I’m sure CUB has its fair share of loan issues as do many banks. I believe we see a huge magnifying glass over CUB due to the fact its loans are in close proximity rather than all over the state …

However, I know if it hadn’t been for CUB there wouldn’t be subdivisions in our area that are beautifully complete today. There wouldn’t be homeowners sitting in homes had CUB not taken a chance on them. For all of the trust CUB put into the community I say, thank you for believing in the area you are. Thank you for having a committee that you can take a local loan to and make a local decisions that you get back after their meeting.

Thank you for being a bank we can all depend on and trust. Billie, thank you for years of a job well done. Your ability to sit and explain anything to anyone is priceless. You never made anyone feel like they were less or you were superior. I don’t know of other bank CEOs that give you their cell phone number if you need them, or are out working and checking properties at 8 p.m. calling realtors and following up on phone calls. These things never went unnoticed.

Billie, I hope you and your family enjoy retirement. Just know how much our community appreciates all you have done, and know that so much of our growth in this tri-county area would never have been possible had you and CUB not had the ability to dream the dream with us.

Donna Baker

La Grange

School’s transportation plan is dangerous

To the editor:

Since the beginning of the school year Kenwood Station Elementary has implemented a new way for parents to pick up their children for afternoon dismissal.

Parents go in the school and get their children as opposed to the children coming out to their parents in the car-rider line. This causes a safety issue. Parents are parking everywhere they can cram their cars, even in handicapped parking, trying to get as close to the front doors as possible. The sidewalk is crowded with parents, students, their younger siblings as well as a long line of bus riders making their way to the buses. Children are darting out into what used to be the car-rider line area while cars are pulling in, going around other parked cars to pull out and backing up to parallel park. In short, it is chaos.

I have seen on two occasions children almost getting hit by a car and my car was backed into by someone trying to park close to the front door.

The inconsistency with the morning drop-off routine, which consists of dropping kids off in a single line and absolutely no going around the car in front of you, and the afternoon routine of chaos is astounding. I have complained to the office manager on several occasions when nothing was done I went to the Board of Education and corresponded with Mr. Strickler about the issue. He went to Kenwood on three occasions that I am aware of and gave suggestions to make the area more safe. Apparently they haven’t taken his advice because the problem still exists.

Police have sat in the car-rider line area to monitor safety but still no change.

I can’t get staff members to take ownership and acknowledge that there is a problem. They make the claim of being understaffed, however, there have been up to five staff members standing in the lobby while parents picked up their children, so understaffed can’t be an excuse.  

I would like to know if any other schools do afternoon car-rider dismissal this way. It seems this change was unnecessary and a bad idea. The way schools dismiss car riders, with the children coming out to the single line of cars, has been done for many generations and is the safe, more effective way of handling the afternoon traffic.

I hope school officials will implement a safer way of executing afternoon pick-up. Unfortunately, I believe an accident will have to happen in order for change to occur.

Torie Combest

Crestwood

Complete census forms

To the editor:

For several weeks, public service announcements have stressed the importance of completing the 2010 census form which are arriving in the mail now. It is vital that we participate.

There is much at stake. Billions of your tax dollars will be divided among the states based on census results. Funding for education, transportation, Medicare, Medicaid, and other programs will be affected.

The size of our congressional delegation will be determined. At one time, Kentucky had eight members of the U.S. House of Representatives. We now have six.

Personal security and confidential information is highly respected. Automated computer safeguards ensure names and addresses are separated from other data. Answering the 10 questions will take only 10 minutes and will benefit all Kentuckians.   

Sen. Ernie Harris

Crestwood

Life isn’t fair and girls don’t play football

To the editor:

I always thought after the birth of my daughter I would magically begin to understand these militant Title IX obsessed people. That has yet to happen.

We are due any week now for another stirring article by the superintendent of schools telling us how they are having to cut this or that due to a lack of funding, and asking us as a community to support higher taxes. And now Dick Richards wants to spend the school districts’ money fighting this lawsuit.

In this overly sensitive, politically correct world nobody seems willing to state the obvious. So I will. First, girls don’t play football. In order to field a competitive football team it takes year-round preparation, so the team needs a locker room. In order to host a football game, the home team must provide a locker room for the visitors, and I believe there is a requirement that it be similar to the home team’s facilities.

It would seem that the girls’ track team locker room needs would be tremendously well met by this otherwise unused area during the only time the girl’s track team needs a locker room.

The fact of the matter is that if it were not for the football team and the parents that volunteer for the athletic department, the schools would not be able to afford to keep throwing money at sports like track that cannot support themselves. Why will nobody just come out and say this?

The other thing that bugs me about these Title IX people is that they only see things one way. Ever wonder why there is no boys’ volleyball team? We have mens’ volleyball in the Olympics. Are all these boys just learning the game when they get to college?

The fact of the matter is because of football being boys only and being a large participation sport, it takes away other opportunities due to “equality” because again, girls don’t play

football.

Please save the school district the expense of defending this garbage lawsuit.

To avoid things like this in the future, why don’t we all have the “life is not fair” discussion with our children tonight?

Steve Magsig

Crestwood

Bus routes won’t change, office hours will

To the editor:

Located in La Grange, The HDB Service Group has served Oldham County for the past eight years. HDB operates LOCAL Transit, Oldham’s only fixed route bus service. We also operate The Community Care Clinic, the area’s only primary medical clinic for the uninsured.

I’m writing to thank the community for its support and to share information concerning cost-saving measures related to LOCAL Transit. HDB is a small business so we’re constantly working to deliver quality services given the tight budget we have. Rather than reduce or cut routes, we decided to re-align administrative duties to reduce costs. Again, the red and green bus routes have not  changed.

The administrative changes make it necessary to adjust our office hours. Beginning today (April 1), the HDB office will be open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday – Thursday. On Fridays, busses will run as usual and voicemail messages will be monitored, but office personnel will not be available.

HDB is proud to be part of the growing and vibrant Oldham County business community. We look forward to the future. Please call 222-6400 or check our Web site, HDBservicegroup.com and become an HDB Facebook fan!

Cynthia B. Stafford

director, HDB Service Group Inc.

County can’t afford a new jail

To the editor:

For the past couple of years, Jailer Mike Simpson has been promoting the idea of building a much bigger jail. He says a bigger jail, housing a mixture of 300 to 400 local, state and federal prisoners, will turn a profit for the county. I believe Mr. Simpson has done a very good job as jailer, but I disagree with him on this idea.

During a voter forum March 9 at the John Black Community Center sponsored by the Oldham County Fraternal Order of Police, which includes many employees of the county jail, candidates for judge-executive were asked if they would support building a new jail on property given to the county by the Department of Corrections.

County judge-executive candidates differed sharply in their responses.

I spoke frankly and said the county cannot afford to build a new jail. Our county is $18 million in debt.

As uncomfortable as the current working situation is for jail employees, which I do understand, our county cannot afford at this time another $10 million of debt for a new jail, much less take on debt for an unproven venture.

Candidate Paula Gish told the crowd she is open to discussion and is willing to consider the idea. Gish either pandered to jail employees in the audience or needs to re-think her position.

From 2002–06, when Paula Gish and Duane Murner were magistrates on fiscal court, the county built up a huge amount of long-term debt and spent the county’s multi-million dollar surplus fund.

A couple of years ago, Murner promoted the idea of balancing the budget, in part, by doubling the tax on auto, home and business insurance premiums from 5 to 10 percent. I voted against the increase in this tax, which did pass.

By saying she will consider building a new jail, it is obvious my opponent either does not understand the severity of our debt situation or is simply willing to tell people what they want to hear.

David Voegele

candidate for county judge-executive