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Letters

  • Can La Grange ignore the law to suit its own agenda?

    Last night [Aug. 5] the La Grange City Council, seeking to generate more tax revenue for its nearly bankrupt budget, voted to annex a section of land in Oldham County which has been at the center of controversy for months.

    This land will be used to develop Dogwood Estates whose development plan can only be described as obscene.  While there are a lot of moral reasons that this annexation should not have passed, there are also the legal issues.

  • La Grange needs to be audited

    After reading our Mayor, Bill Lammelein's latest flippant remark about the tax payer's money, I am no longer a supporter.  

    I had really hoped to see some positive growth after our last somewhat shady mayor, but now, I am seeing a pompous attitude with regard to Mr. Lammelein's guidance, as well as a lazy, and incompetent staff in charge.

    The payroll deductions with the city employee's insurance was pure negligence!  Where is the follow through and check and balance system?  

  • Vintage rail cars block view of oncoming trains

    To the editor:

    I wish to address the 1929 dining car that is being placed on the tracks near the museum. I feel this is a very dangerous place to put it, as there are no crossing lights at this intersection and the trains cannot blow their whistle at the crossing.

    It was hard to see down the tracks with the engine there, and now they are adding this other car.

  • Biz park holds county’s future

    To the editor:

    The La Grange City Council on Monday, Aug. 8, passed a 1 percent compensation tax. According to the ordinance, 100 percent of the funds collected through the tax will be used to pay the city’s bond obligation on Oldham Reserve business park.

    Oldham Reserve is a 1,000-acre business development located off of Exit 22 on Interstate 71. It is home to The Rawlings Company, an 8OO-person operation; the average salary there is $63,000. From an economic development and spin-off perspective, this is equivalent to two or three medium-sized businesses.

  • Project Guild chair thanks all who attended Oldham County Day

    To the editor:

    Project Guild of La Grange would like to send out a special thank-you to the community of Oldham County and its visitors for attending the 43rd annual Oldham County Day. 

    The Grand Marshal Luncheon, sponsored by Citizens Union Bank; the YMCA 1M and 5K races; the Dancing in the Street concerts on Friday and Saturday nights, sponsored by the city of La Grange; and the annual La Grange Rotary pancake breakfast were all successful.

  • Veterans recognition event cancelled

    To the editor:

    It was with some concern that I learned last week that my cancellation notice for the 2013 Annual Veterans Recognition Event had not been printed by The Oldham Era this past week or the week before.

    For several reasons, it was necessary for me to cancel this year’s event, and the newspaper had promised to publish the notice to that effect. It was my goal to inform readers that, after seven years of hosting this event on the second Thursday in August, I am unable this year to hold it.

  • NOHS substance abuse policy oppressive

    To the editor:

    As registration for the new school year draws near, NOHS parents should take a close reading of the Student Code of Conduct. Principal Jarrett has pushed through two noteworthy changes dealing with extracurricular activities and use of banned substances:

    1. The penalty for the first violation is now suspension for 50 percent of the current sports season.

  • Kudos for successful 42nd OC Day

    To the editor:

    Another Oldham County Day has passed into the books.

    Those of us who have been here for a while know what to expect. The parade is always fun, and everyone enjoys greeting neighbors from throughout the county, sharing civic pride, listening to music, visiting booths, and spending time with our families.

    I would like to extend a big congratulations Kris Landers for being chosen by the community as the grand marshal for this year’s parade. There was certainly no one more deserving.

  • Taxpayers shouldn’t foot city spending spree

    To the editor:

    Kudos to the four members of the La Grange City Council who chose financial sobriety over the tax-and-spend inebriation of the past. They were Jason Taylor, Jean Knight, Lee Phillips and Melanie Woosley.

  • LETTER: Nature preserve provides a peaceful library site

    To the editor:
    I read with enjoyment the article in the recent special edition of The Oldham Era concerning the Creasey-Mahan Nature Preserve. It is a beautiful nature preserve, well-managed, and an asset to the entire Oldham community.
    The vision of the late Virginia Creasey and her husband Howard Mahan is being realized by an interested and active volunteer board. Director Tavia Cathcart Brown has been instrumental in providing wonderful active and educational nature programs concerning the local flora and fauna.