Letters to the Editor

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City can’t interfere

After reading the article in Nov. 7 EraI could not believe what was written about the power Pewee Valley claims over the cell tower installation by the Salem Assembly of God church at 209 LaGrange Road.

First, the seven members of the council of Pewee Valley do not have authority over this church, because the Bill of Rights Amendment I assures that “ no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibting the free exercise thereof, or abridging the freedom of speech, or the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a readress of grievances.” can be made.

This means that the seven people of Pewee Valley are more powerful than the United States Government or any other government under its power. This is not so and to take it to court is an injustice to the people of Oldham County. The Council has fallen under the impression that the people have no rights and that they know more than the 61,412 people in Oldham County versus the fourteen 1,436 living in Pewee Valley as of the 2010 census.

Now for the truth about better phone service. While living on Beechdale Road in Crestwood near the Pewee Valley line I had to use my cell phone twice to call 911 and this is what happened. The call bounced off nearest cell tower which is in Jefferson County and my calls went to city of Louisville and had to be transferred to Oldham County dispatch. My late wife had fallen and needed help to be picked up and checked out. This could have been more serious than it was, the second time I knew and told to be switched.

No part of Oldham County is worth the life of any person or their rights being abused. Shame on on you, selfish people of Pewee Valley.

- John Nichols, Smithfield, Oldham County


Veteran disappointed

I am a Vietnam veteran and I went to Subway because they advertised that veterans will be given a free sandwich on Veteran’s Day.  

Unfortunately, I went to the store in Crestwood where I was told that the owner does not honor veterans and they were not participating in the advertised offer.  I was also told that the owner is not American either.  

It was very shocking to me that a local business owner would be so disrespectful to the country where they make their living and enjoy the opportunities and benefits and protection that all Americans enjoy.  

I don’t plan to ever go there again and I hope that Subway’s good intentions to honor those who serve and have served our country are not continued to be perverted by foreign store owners.  God bless America!

- David Smith, Crestwood


March of Dimes       celebrates 75 years

In honor of November being Prematurity Awareness Month, it is important for us all to remember that healthy babies are worth the wait! As a doctor who delivers babies in Elizabethtown, I see many pregnant women who are a few weeks from a full-term pregnancy and are feeling really uncomfortable. Some are ready to schedule a delivery by induction or cesarean section before they have reached their 39th or 40th week of pregnancy. They know friends or family members whose doctors have agreed to schedule such a delivery.

But I know that healthy babies are worth the wait.  At least 39 weeks of pregnancy are crucial to a baby’s health – and I won’t schedule a delivery before that unless there is a medical necessity.

Development of important organs, including the brain, lungs and liver, occurs during the last weeks of pregnancy.  Research published in the past few years shows that the risk of infant death doubles when a baby is born at 37 weeks of pregnancy as compared to 39 or 40 weeks.

This past year, the March of Dimes celebrated its 75th anniversary and its ongoing work to give all babies a healthy start in life. Some 4 million babies are born in the United States each year, and the March of Dimes has helped each and every one through research, education, vaccines, and medical  breakthroughs.

If you and your pregnancy are healthy, talk to your doctor about waiting until labor begins on its own to deliver your baby so more babies will get a healthy start in life.

- Dr. Michael Nethers, MD

Co-Chair of the Program Services Committee for the Greater Kentucky Chapter of the March of Dimes