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Opinion

  • The future of an $11,000 sign marking the James T. Beaumont Community Center is unclear as residents, council members and members of the city’s historic district commission continue to disagree. The sign doesn’t comply  with the city’s historic district ordinance.  Council members scheduled a public hearing to take place during Monday’s council meeting, however, the council voted during that meeting to table the public hearing and form a committee of individuals representing all parties.  

     

  • In the May 28 edition, The Oldham Era’s six-member editorial board questioned the $49,200 Oldham officials plan to spend during the next four years on One Call Now, an emergency notification system used for one emergency during the past year. 

    The Oldham Era took issue with the fact that One Call Now sat silent during the aftermath of Hurricane Ike in September and again during January’s ice storm – two weather-related events that left thousands of Oldham residents without electricity. 

  • I’ve often wondered why we don’t live more fully. Why don’t we savor every moment of this great opportunity called life? The average person uses only 10 percent of his or her potential during the course of life. What happens to the other 90 percent? 

    I have a theory I’d like to propose. In my theory, there is a vision of reality that controls everything else about us and our lives. Each of us perceives reality differently. 

  • Golf carts have no business on roads

    To the editor:

    I think the use of a golf cart on public roadways is a great idea and should be passed once the carts are outfitted with the same required safety equipment as cars and trucks. 

    Once you add headlights, turn signals, a horn, air bags, stop lights, a windshield, emission control items and seat belts it’s a great idea. 

    The idea gets even better once you add insurance premiums into the mix. 

  •  Oldham officials plan to spend $49,200 to renew a contract with One Call Now, a county-wide emergency notification service activated by laptop computer that can reach thousands of households by telephone in a matter of minutes to deliver a recorded message. 

    When we first heard plans for the service back in 2008, we never expected One Call Now meant we’d receive just one emergency phone call in a calendar year.

    And what an eventful year it has been. 

  • Time to abolish the La Grange Historic District

    To the editor:

    The confusion about the new parks department sign in front of city hall honoring the late James Beaumont has brought into sharp focus the question of whether to dissolve or radically change the mission and authority of the La Grange Historic District.  

  • ’ve spent the past two Memorial Days the same way. Both years, I’ve headed to La Grange to attend – and photograph – the county’s annual Memorial Day service, honoring those who have fought and continue to fight for our freedom in the armed forces.

    I’ve listened as the names are read of the soldiers who have lost their lives fighting in our country’s wars. I’ve watched as veterans stand to salute the flag as the Oldham County Community Band plays a medley of each song representing the armed forces.

  • Editor’s note: The following letters are written by students in Ryan Rembold’s class at Crestwood Elementary School. We encourage submissions from people of all ages. Send letters to: news@oldhamera.com   Cell phones for students would be used for emergencies   To the editor, My name is Taby. I’m in fifth grade at Crestwood Elementary.

  • Not all dogs are safe, friendly   To the editor: This letter is in support of the La Grange Post Master Donna Brown and her excellent letter regarding dog bites. I would like to add to her information by encouraging residents to notify Oldham County Animal Control of problem dogs before there is a bite. This agency tries to work with dog owners to educate them as to correct and acceptable methods of dog training. Once a dog has bitten we are all faced with serious decisions.

  • Teachers are thrown under the bus

  • Beaumont family grateful for support

  • Foreclosures should be counted in PVA’s assessments   To the editor: In an article in the Courier-Journal dated April 11, we learn that the Jefferson County PVA has lowered assessments on more than 26,000 homes, citing widespread foreclosures and depressed housing prices. The Jefferson County PVA went on to cite a lack of home sales in the open market meant that new assessments were based largely on the price of homes sold in foreclosure.

  •  Let’s dig up a painful memory for us Wildcat faithful.

  •  “We’re adults. When did that happen, and how do we make it stop?”

  • Westport resident is battling pancreatic cancer

  •  As health care costs and uninsured rates continue to rise, it has become increasingly important that Kentucky residents and providers do everything possible to ensure our youngest residents receive health care, regardless of their income status. 

  • To the editor:

  • A new Gallup poll claims the people of eastern Kentucky are among the most unhappy to be found anywhere. Jim McGuire may be one of the first people to dispute that finding, based on his experiences in Sandy Hook this basketball season. The retired Army man has rarely seen a non-smiling face in that isolated mountain community since starting a routine that may be unequaled in the history of Kentucky high school sports. With absolutely no ties other than a love of the game, the man locals call Jimbo has made the 254-mile roundtrip from his Garrard Coun

  • The General Assembly closed the final full week of session with a strong bipartisan effort giving final passage to both Senate Bill 1, regarding education reform, and House Bill 330, Kentucky’s $3.7 billion road plan. After several years of discussion and compromise, the Senate and the House of Representatives agreed on completely revamping Kentucky’s educational assessment process.   The biggest change will replace CATS with a combination standards-based and norm-referenced test by the 2011-2012 school year.

  •  I’m Kevin Eldridge, chairman of your Storm Water Management Board – an unpaid, volunteer position. I was formerly chairman of Planning and Zoning, a job I probably should have kept since it only made 50 percent of the people mad in any given month.