There's no need for hidden taxes

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By The Staff

To the editor:Oldham County Fiscal Court does not know what no new taxes means. They use small statements like it only costs less than a penny per $100 of appraised value. This is like $2 per month per household and $25 per year on households upon the next raise of 4 percent and up each time they raise it, but this is not a tax it’s a tax base. Lets raise the tax on homeowners’ insurance, automobile insurance from 5 to 10 percent says the finance committee, but wait I’m already paying 7.25 percent so does this mean I’ll pay 15 percent after the tax? Their answer is the other cost is for the insurance company to collect the tax and it’s not really money out of my pocket? They are planning a new airport because it only cost five percent to build, but how much more to maintain? Now the newspaper is telling us that Ford, GE, and the building industry are cutting back because of sales being down, but fiscal court is going to take more of our money because they need it. These industries are the life breath of Oldham County and they are in trouble, but this taxpayer who is on fixed income only received 3 percent from my Social Security must pay all of the 4 percent increases on tax bases because they can raise them. In my opinion, all these tax bases are hidden taxes and Kentucky rates No. 1 in hidden taxes.John Nichols, Crestwood

Don’t use roadways as trash cansTo the editor:On Sept. 23, members of the North Oldham High School dance team – along with our coach and a couple of parents – picked up trash along U.S. 42. We were alarmed at the amount of trash along the highway. We continually asked, “Why do people liter?” Do they not see how they are defacing the beautiful county we live in? We were all in agreement that there is no reason for people to liter, wherever they are traveling to, there will be a trash can somewhere along the way or one they reach their destination. As the temperature rose to 94 degrees and we grew tired and more disgusted with what we were picking up, we made a promise to each other. If we see anyone littering, we will go up to them and ask them “why” and then we will lecture them on the reasons not to liter. If people continue to use the roadways as their trash cans, Oldham County will become one very large trash can. We believe that the fines for littering need to be stiffer and every person who is caught littering needs to spend a very warm day outside picking up trash along our highways. On a positive note, our coach found $10 in the dirt and bought us all ice cream after we completed our task. We would ask the people of Oldham County as well as those just traveling through to stop and think before you throw your trash out the window. We live in a beautiful county and we all need to pitch in to keep it that way.Jessica Allen, Samantha McMahan, Abby Reams, Carolyn Smith, Hannah Stemmle, Laura Stigler, Amber Wooldridge, Coach Justine Allen

NOHS dance team Thanks to Troop 735To the editor:Taylorsville Lake Conservation Association completed it’s 8th annual Taylorsville Lake Clean Sweep on Sept. 29. This event continues to grow each year and we are very proud to announce the participation of 259 volunteers this year who helped pick up more than 45 cubic yards of litter and trash from around Taylorsville Lake.Our organization is completely funded by generous sponsors in and around the Taylorsville Lake region. It’s only through the hard work and efforts of the volunteers that the Clean Sweep program will continue to make Taylorsville Lake an enjoyable regional recreational destination. As a former resident of Oldham County and having grown up in Pewee Valley, I am particularly proud to give my thanks to Girl Scout Troop 735 from the Pewee Valley/Crestwood area. I am not only proud to know that my home town was represented in this worthwhile event, but I was astounded at how hard members of Troop 735 worked. Please join me in thanking Troop 735 by helping them reach their goal of making a trip to Savannah, Ga., to visit the birthplace of Girl Scouts’ founder Juliette Lowe. They represented Oldham County well and they deserve as much support as you can give them. Donations may go to Girl Scout Troop 735, c/o Cindy Hall, 116 Stoney Creek Court, Pewee Valley, Ky., 40056. And make sure they’re representing Oldham County once again at Clean Sweep 2008!John Riley, Spencer County magistrate

Dangerous measures disrupt quality of lifeTo the editor:I’ve seen that businesses in one state have supported dangerous measures – measures that can and do take away funding from public services and disrupt other peoples quality of life – in other states. It just has to stop. Since the Federal Elections Commission can’t be trusted to do their jobs, I’d suggest that every citizen organize boycotts against any business or corporation, large or small, whose owners support dangerous measures in any state in this country until they stop doing so.I know we all remember what happened in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina and just recently in Minneapolis because the money wasn’t there to strengthen New Orleans’ levees or Minneapolis’ Interstate 35 bridge. The worst thing is that people lost their lives in both instances because the local governments simply couldn’t pay for the necessary repairs. That’s how bad dangerous measures can be, so unless we boycott any business that supports dangerous measures they’ll just keep doing it at our great expense. Please, let’s all be wise and do the right thing.Gretchen Sand Kennewick, Wash.

Family thanks local emergency respondersTo the editor: The Thompson family of Ballardsville experienced an emergency Aug. 22 that required the assistance of emergency response personnel. My wife had a stroke.I want to thank the Ballardsville Fire Department personnel who were the first to arrive and the Oldham County EMS personnel who arrived a short time later. EMS transported her to Norton’s Suburban Hospital.On Sept. 9, EMS transported my wife from The Richwood nursing home to Baptist Hospital Northeast where she passed away.We don’t know the emergency responders’ names but want to thank all of them for their friendship and the way they cared and tried to help us cope with what was happening. Each one of them came by and offered support and offered their prayers and help before they left the hospital.Bill and Chuck Thompson, Crestwood

La Grange successfully hosts international eventTo the editor:Congratulations to residents of La Grange and Oldham County for successfully hosting your first international event!About 3,000 people from Louisville, 50 states and 20 countries visited to lend their support to people they knew competing in Ironman Triathlon. They brought their wallets, their families and their enthusiasm for our town. More than $8,000 was spent in downtown La Grange between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. on a Sunday. Discover Downtown La Grange organized parking, children’s activities, vendors, a farmers’ market and a trolley to transport visitors. Tri-County Ford sponsored the trolley, Blue Grass Bicycle sponsored the rock climbing wall and the YMCA operated a bouncy room for the event. Icelandic water company provided portable carts for water sales and several non-profit groups manned the carts to fundraise for their organizations. Farmers’ market sales totaled at least as much as any busy Saturday and restaurants were overflowing. Oldham County Tourism lent their support through a grant for promotional print costs. As with any new event, extensive planning was involved. We had no idea if 200 or 2,000 people would show up. This event is only a few hours per year in La Grange, but it takes an incredible amount of work to plan just the festival. Ann Zimlich and Bill Eisner took the lead on organizing the festival. They brought a wealth of experience and enthusiasm to this event – both are Discover Downtown La Grange board members and both have family members who have competed in other Ironman events. We are taking feedback we have received and started planning for next year’s festival ... Traffic coordinators are in the planning stages to improve for next year. This year, Ironman producers mailed 12,000 information packets to residents along the bike path and Discover Downtown La Grange posted information signs along the route and both organizations submitted extensive informational press releases and bike route maps to newspapers.Fans and supporters were enthusiastic and formed a bigger crowd than anticipated and Ironman picked up the overtime costs for law enforcement agencies. In response to residents’ support, next year we anticipate seeing a trained civilian volunteer group helping out at intersections.People and businesses in Oldham County and La Grange did a great job welcoming our first international event and we look forward to an even better one next year.Jennifer Watson, director & Bill Lammlein, chairman Discover Downtown La Grange Main Street Program