Letters to the Editor

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By The Staff

Race track slots would help state

To the editor:

If you asked someone what Kentucky is known for, you would most likely hear “horses and tobacco.” However, in the past few years, both have seen more than their fair share of hard times. It is almost as if our state representatives are crippling what Kentucky is known for with their decisions made in the name of saving Kentuckians from themselves. 

First we had the smoking ban and tax hikes on tobacco products. Then recently slots at the race tracks. Republican Senator David Williams opposed slots. He had an alternative plan but because he didn’t feel his idea was taken into consideration he didn’t want Democrat Greg Stumbo’s to have fair consideration either. Sen. Alice Kerr expressed concerns about the damage expanded gambling would do to the most vulnerable people in our state. She stated you have the young and the elderly that would basically gamble their money away for grand delusions of wealth.

Must we all keep making sacrifices because some can’t practice self-control? You’ve got the welfare system that is out of control, the government “bail out,” the banks and credit card processors. Government projects that aren’t governed and its at the taxpayers’ expense!

Should it be up to the government to “save people from themselves” at the sacrifice of others?

Slots at the race track would keep gambling money here, increase state revenue, help save the struggling horse industry and the thousands of jobs it creates and preserve Kentucky’s history.

Come on, those people you claim to save from themselves aren’t stupid, they can make their way across the bridge.

Donna Claggett, Goshen

Reader wants more info

To the editor:

I would like to express my opinion on two subjects. 

The first is concerning fiscal court and the latest ordinance on alarm systems. The image portrayed to the citizens is a balanced budget; however, we are starting to be hit with more hidden taxes. Registration requirements and demanding a permit is socialism governing by taxing those that have and giving it to the government. Homeowners and businesses are being targeted, singled out and punished because they purchased a service. It does not mater that they have not abused their service nor that they pay a fee for the service plus pay taxes for police, EMS and fire protection. It only matters that fiscal court wants to get more money from those who took a little initiative to protect themselves. I would like to see the registration requirement rescinded. 

The second opinion concerns The Oldham Era. I believe reporting to the people should cover the basics. ‘Who, what, when, where and how’ are basic writing skills for an article. I have read lengthy articles in The Oldham Era that have quotes from officials and the article just rambles on. An example has been when one official is suing the other. Yet with an ordinance being forced upon the citizens, the paper does short informative articles. 

• ’Who’ voted for the ordinance?

• ’What’ was inconclusive by not providing full details?

• ’When’ was not mentioned as to an effective date?

• ’Where’ the hidden tax must be paid was never mentioned?

• ’How’ much is all of this costing the citizen and how much does fiscal court expect to reap?

Since I do not have Insight cable, I do not watch the proceedings, nor could I attend the meeting. Therefore, it would be appropriate for the newspaper to tell the citizens details when reporting. 

Theresa Falke, La Grange

Solve city’s traffic problems for good

To the editor:

We were all notified by The Oldham Era that La Grange would be spending millions of dollars to improve the flow of traffic on Ky. 53 through La Grange. I’ve lived in Oldham County now for 34 years and watched La Grange redo Ky. 53 at least four or five times with seven traffic lights added. 

As a resident of this county, I think it is time we have it done correctly this time. 

Cities in Michigan and other states would have no traffic lights, no traffic stoppage, and a constant flow of traffic. This would make La Grange a green city and reduce pollution by thousands of percent, but it would mean that politicians would have to yield power to engineers who know how to design highways. 

Several years ago before Crestwood put in their first traffic light I suggested to the head engineer of the Kentucky state highway department a way to keep traffic following without adding a traffic light. He told me I was correct, but he worked for a politician who wanted his way. We, in Crestwood, can’t burn because of the EPA, but no one has done anything to help the pollution with smarter highway systems.

Starting with model year 1985 automobiles per the Federal Government had to add overdrive transmissions which reduce pollution by between 15 and 20 percent when they move at speeds between 36 and 42 MPH. Here in Oldham county the speeds on several roads have been reduced from 45 to 35, 25 to 15, MPH and increased pollution yet no one complained except me. I called the person in charge of the changes at that time and again it boiled down to a politicians wanted them lowered to help them get reelected.

If we want to really save fuel, lessen pollution, and become Earth friendly lets start with the roads and not keep making automotive vehicles smaller, more dangerous, to improve mileage, but do what will give us overnight help with fuel, pollution, and traffic flow.

John Nichols, Crestwood

Oil company donates Buckner Mall land 

To the editor:

Thornton Oil Company has donated to county government a piece of property along Ky. 146, directly east of what is known as the Buckner Mall. The donation, which has an appraised value of $20,000, is part of a stretch near Oldham County High School that I would like to see transformed into an east-bound passing lane and landscaped area. 

Early in Thornton’s history, the property included a single pump gas station. Two years ago, the company agreed to improve the look and safety of the area by removing two vacant buildings. 

On behalf of Fiscal Court, the residents of Buckner and myself, I would like to thank Thornton Oil Company for its consideration and generosity. In addition, I would also like to thank Oldham County Treasurer, Stan Clark, a former CFO at Thornton Oil, who was instrumental in securing the transfer. 

The cooperation and good corporate citizenship exhibited by this gift from Thornton Oil Company is very much appreciated. 

David Voegele, Magistrate, District 2