Letters To The Editor

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By The Staff

 Several volunteered during ‘Day of Service’

To the editor:  It was a delight to see the cover story about the Day of Service at Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve. I’d like to extend my sincere gratitude to the exceptional volunteers — “Helping Hands Day of Service” — on Saturday, April 24. We are proud to be part of this wonderful community.  It was a heart warming sight to see 125 volunteers working at Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve with trowels, shovels, paint brushes, and other handy implements. The volunteers accomplished great things and by donating their time, good spirits and skills, many projects were completed. The nature preserve has never looked better and the staff, board of directors and I are humbled by the outpouring of time, care and support given by the members of our community. Thank you.  Many visitors to the nature preserve describe it as a “hidden jewel” in Goshen, and I easily can say that due to the Day of Service, the preserve is more polished and picturesque for all to enjoy. With almost 25,000 visitors last year, many will benefit and have the chance to view the new gardens, picnic pavilion, newly stained fences and picnic tables and enjoy the “facelift” paint job inside the field house, among other projects.  The kind and generous organizers, Betsy and Mark Lowe, said that they selected Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve as their location because they wanted to “give back” in recognition for the many ways that the nature preserve has helped their family, local schools and sports organizations, and the broader community. Their good spirit must have been contagious; I witnessed smiles everywhere I turned. We extend our thanks to the Lowe family, the team leaders, and every single volunteer and plant donor.  As a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, we rely on the members of this community for financial support, as volunteers and for overall goodwill. We are open from dawn until dusk, and never have an admission charge to explore these beautiful 168-acres of rolling hills. Visitors can walk 8.5 miles of wooded and grassland trails; explore four year-round springs and waterfalls; lunch in one of our many picnic areas; view the historic structures, new flower gardens, a nature center and field house; play at the Harmony playground; and visit the Oldham Library Mahan Branch.  As a family-friendly destination, Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve offers year-round outings and events.   Tavia Cathcart,  Executive Director Creasey Mahan  Nature Preserve Goshen   Police are dedicated, altruistic individuals To the editor:  As a private citizen, I would like to remind everyone that the second week of May has been designated “Police Week” by an Act of the United States Congress in 1976. And, May 15, 1999 was proclaimed by the President of the United States as “Peace Officers’ Memorial Day.” This is a day to honor all officers of the law who have been killed in the line of duty. This is a day to honor all officers of the law who have been killed in the line of duty. This is an especially fitting time for all of us to express our sincere appreciation for not only those officers who are retired or working today, but also to remember those fallen officers who, on our behalf, made the supreme sacrifice – their lives. Many of us may not be aware of this special week because law enforcement officers are a humble group of public servants.  They neither seek recognition from, nor request that accolades be bestowed upon themselves by the public. I believe that most feel they chose law enforcement for a career and they’re “just doing their job!” They are, indeed, the consummate professionals. These people ask for nothing from the public, but they have earned our respect and appreciation; yet I know of no publicly-sponsored function to recognize these individuals for the valuable contribution they make to our community. They, more than any group, deserve our support and if you feel as I please send a card of letter thanking them. If you see and recognize an officer in public, take time to say thank you. Law enforcement officers are very dedicated and altruistic individuals who protect our property and save lives. While many serve in professional occupations, whose mission is saving lives, few risk their own while pursuing this goal. We are living in a dangerous world and in perilous times, as exhibited by the attempted bombing on Times Square in New York on May 1. What courage for the officer, mounted on horseback, to approach the bomb-laden vehicle. Anne Gernstein Prospect   Resident also questions planner’s vision  To the editor:  I agree with Connie Dorval’s assessment that Oldham County’s planners lack vision and will take that a step farther to say that I believe they seek what they perceive to be the shortest distance to bigger revenues and paychecks. Dennis Deibel equates the county’s proposed roads through some of the most beautiful (and privately owned) farm land in the state of Kentucky with the importance of building the Watterson Expressway. Planning and Development Attorney Stuart Ulferts thinks it’s inevitable and that we should all grow up. Only Joyce Albertson and David Voegele seem to appreciate the importance of our constitutional rights to live in peace on our lands without fear that our government will try to make it disappear. The right to own and use private property is one of the most important human rights and the cornerstone for prosperity. That is why our founders guaranteed it in the Constitution and listed property in the same category and with the same importance as “life” and “liberty.” They went to great lengths to make sure that generations to follow would protect its sanctity. We must not allow our planners to trample on our land or our rights to it. We, citizens and property owners call upon our planners to use every effort to follow the footprints of existing roads to minimize the disruption and fragmentation of farmland, timberland and wildlife habitat. Oldham County farmers recognize the importance of efficient transportation. They depend on it but, those who work the land know that the right to own property is undeniable and mandatory for the preservation of life and liberty. After all, our forefathers who framed the Constitution were farmers too. The fact is: Oldham County Planning and Development attempted to conceal their efforts to re-classify our properties and the existing roads around them.  We who would be so severly affected by their presumption and total disregard for citizens’ personal property rights smell a rat (or two). Our planners must not circumvent the input of its citizens. Janie Parker  La Grange