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GOP picks favorites? Not a surprise
To the editor:
A bird’s eye view locally (or nationally) of what is wrong with political parties was brilliantly reported by L. Hagan’s article, “GOP’s selection process under fire,” The Oldham Era, July 22.
The fiefdom of Oldham has had power-fiction by a tiny faction of the Republican Party for decades.
Anyone showing interest in part of the “pie” is chased away, i.e. Judge-Executive Murner stating, “...(he) wants nothing more to do with the county’s GOP.”
What a loss! I’m not surprised that Julie Petroski, office manager for the county attorney, wasn’t contacted and was ignored by the Gernstein committee.
All I read were excuses by Anne Gernstein. One party rule in any county, state or nation is plain evil and events like the ruling class appointing “favorites” is not a surprise.
Ask yourself why the GOP is hated nationally? Locally it is just plain stinky.
Come November, I am writing in Galen Clark’s name on my ballot and urging every Republican, Independent or Democrat to do the same.
Mr. Clark was impressive when he came to my door early this year. I thought he would make a wonderful future representative for Oldham County.
Circumstances currently call for his time. A name pulled out of the air by a ruling class committee will not do for me.
Sheriff’s office assists Oldham eetransportation department
To the editor:
We would like to extend our deepest gratitude to Sheriff Steve Sparrow to show our appreciation for his office’s current support and participation in our training for the Oldham County Schools Transportation Department.
The value of the sheriff’s office, through his extensive commitment in the safe delivery of our students is immeasurable, to say the least.
His office has been a commendable resource for the training and delivery of information from his community services unit representative, Deputy Michael Meece. The quality and high level of professional integrity displayed may only be attributed to his leadership and continuing support for the community.
It is the organization’s achievement in improving the quality of Oldham County that will build the relationships needed for a safe and productive partnership with our citizens.
We also share in the ideology to be “committed to community… committed to Oldham County.”
Margaret Johnson and Paula Judy,
Oldham County Schools’ eeTransportation Department
40th annual Oldham County Day is a success, thanks to volunteers
To the editor:
Project Guild is pleased to announce a successful 40th annual Oldham County Day. The parade was great, even after waiting for the train to go through La Grange, the entertainment was plentiful, the food was tasteful, the booths supplied plenty to see and do and the tug of war was exciting to watch.
We would like to thank personally all those individuals, groups, and businesses that participated to make the day a success, including all of the early risers who helped with clean-up on Sunday morning.
... Members of Project Guild also appreciate the help, understanding, and patience of their families and friends during the many days of planning and preparation for Oldham County Day.
A special thanks to the community and visitors for attending and keeping it a safe and fun day for all.
Oldham County Day could not happen if it was not for family and friends coming together to make this day special.
I personally want to thank all members of Project Guild for all their hard work and dedication and for making my job as chairperson easy this year.
We plan to see you next year for the 41st annual Oldham County Day.
Chairperson, Oldham County Day
Slower traffic means more pollution
To the editor:
Since when did elected officials of the city of La Grange become highway officials? ("No need for speed," The Oldham Era, July 15.)
I called the state department of transportation when the city changed the speed limit signs illegally last time.
This move to be safe, according to the article, means Ky. 53 and 146 will be reduced in capacity by 30 percent due to slower traffic, therefore, pollution will increase by at least 30 percent - pure physics.
These highways are already overcrowded.
Road funds in the Commonwealth come from fuel taxes, both state and federal.
Just because the money is put into the general fund and siphoned by bureaucrats doesn’t mean it came from the treasurer.
Not everyone who drives on these highways lives in La Grange, but all drivers pay for the roads.
About 25 years ago I suggested to fiscal court that all subdivisions have a turn lane in both directions, but was told it would be too expensive and there was no need because of the small population of Oldham County.
Well, a 500-percent increase in population and I don’t know how many more vehicles later, the need should be there.
We’ve seen La Grange rework the Ky. 53 four or five times and still don’t have it moving traffic. Politicians should never be allowed near highway development - only engineers.
We moved to Oldham County 35 years ago and I¹ve watched politicians decide to add traffic lights, stop signs and anything else to impede traffic flow.
When officials discussed the first traffic light in Crestwood, I designed a system that required no lights, fewer stop signs and kept traffic flowing.
An engineer for the Ky. Dept. of Highways at the time told me I was correct, except he works for politicians and they make the decisions.
Kentucky has over 120 traffic/road department agencies and many lack training or education in any form of highway knowledge.
If La Grange gets away with this it will just be another case of politicians doing what they want, not what the people need.
I watched the speed limit between Pewee Valley and Crestwood drop because someone put pressure on the highway department to lower it in front of their business.
I watched the speed limit in Pewee Valley drop on Mt. Mercy Drive to protect walkers, so they said, and increase pollution 300 percent because most don¹t realize driving 15 mph produces the most pollution.
... Vehicles produce the most pollution when idling, starting from dead stops at traffic lights and stop signs, driving below the overdrive speed and stop-and-go traffic.
This is why we should never let bureaucrats do anything with highways and traffic flow. They have no knowledge of how it all works, just what they want, no matter who gets hurt.
Pollution is killing all of us. Why produce more?
Arts center offers good entertainment with The Mystics, Rehmet
To the editor:
I attended a concert at the Oldham County Schools’ Arts Center July 24. Jeff Rehmet was directing the concert for “The Mystics Singers” 50th anniversary. The group from the late 1950s and early 1960s were transformed back to their twenties performing ear pleasing harmony covering a genre of melodies old and new. A packed house showed their appreciation with whistles, hearty applause and hoots and hollers Oldham County style.
I’m sure there would have been some foot stompin’ if there hadn’t been carpet!
Not to take away from the Mystics performance it would be ill mannered of me not to recognize the exceptional virtuosity of Mr. Rehmet. His talents tickling the ivories both electronically and conventional never cease to amaze me. We should all be fortunate in our lives to have the passion that he provides for his craft. I believe that fame and fortune are in the cards for him beyond what he has already accomplished.
At intermission I talked to his mother, Stella, pride radiating from her face. She told me that it won’t be long before he’s reached that pinnacle of success. I think she’s right on cue!
If you missed it, call the arts center and have them provide an encore at another date. You will be pleased!
Marcus M. Shaw
READER: ‘I guess the GOP has to be criticized for something’
To the editor:
In case anyone hasn’t noticed Rome is burning.
We are under a mountain of debt.
We have a mountain of new laws to control us.
We have allowed Atheists to stifle our Christian principles.
The President bows to Arab Potentates and shakes hand with the Queen of England.
While the Congress pushes more Socialism on us and parades Pelosi through the crowd to gloat.
I am a student of history and I have nearly seven decades of looking at events, and the closest thing to events of today that I have seen or read is the rise of the Nazis.
In short, the Democrats have done dastardly deeds since gaining control of our whole Government, and I fear for their future of our country.
Having said this, I read in The Oldham Era (July 22 edition) that the GOP’s selection process is under fire.
I guess the GOP has to be criticized for something.
I carefully read the article, which was well-written, only to find that three of the four applicants were dissatisfied.
I would also be disappointed if I wanted to be nominated and some of my voting friends might be disappointed, but sour grapes are sour grapes.
As far as an interview process is concerned, in the private sector, how many interviews do people get? Most of the time prospects are selected from resumes and one doesn’t even know if his has been read!
I was well amused by Judge Murner’s comments. He said that it is offensive that people who work closely with the county attorney weren’t consulted.
OK, why? I have never known anyone being hired for a job that had prospective workmates consulted.
I don’t know anyone on the GOP executive committee except for Anne Gernstein who I know casually, however I don’t believe that anything nefarious or any backroom deals took place.
I do not know any of the candidates except for John Carter and I am sure that all of these people are well respected, upstanding people who would be qualified to fill the position. But it is the job of the executive committee to select the best qualified candidate.
As I said, I do know John Carter and to look at his resume’, credentials, and experience, it is hard to imagine anyone else who is as qualified as he.