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Opinion

  • Living in a down economy isn’t having much effect on Harvey Conner. He still has a job – the same one he’s had for 44 years.

    And he has enough money to go out in search of some of the products he has manufactured since he was a teenager.

    “The other day, over in Nicholasville, I found a piece I made in the early 1980s and only had to give $1.25 for it,” says the 63-year-old Madison County native.

    His employer, Bybee Pottery, has been in business in the tiny community of Waco since 1809.

  • Another Oldham interchange on I-71?

    To the editor:

    So the Hocker Group wants an interchange to connect Oldham Reserve with I-71?  If anything ever really does happen there, I think that would be a great idea.  At the same time, I can’t help but find it laughable that it would give Oldham County five interchanges with I-71, while Jefferson County still has only one.

    Rob Dupin, La Grange

    Council to discuss CSX impact on city

    To the editor:

  • I love humble folks. When I think of humble folks, I think of Abraham Lincoln. I think of Hospice care providers who comfort the dying and grieving. I think of people behind the scene who make things happen. I think of my wife who always makes me look good.

  • About 20 La Grange residents participated in the Mayor’s Caucus at the James T. Beaumont Community Center June 15. Mayor Elsie Carter organized the session and residents voiced their concerns and broke into groups to discuss such issues as the historical district, the CSX train, the community center’s sign and the skate park.

     

    Historical district

  • Resident wants to camp in city

     

    To the editor:

    Dear Government,

    Please let us make a fire in the city limit. I want to go camping and make a fire, but I can’t.

    C.J. Fendley, La Grange

    Group enjoyed time spent in downtown La Grange

    To the editor:

  • Kids need their cell phones in schools

    To the editor:

    My name is Carleigh. I live in Crestwood. I want to talk to you about cell phones. My main question is should kids have cell phones in school?

    I think kids would be fine with cell phones but they would have to use them properly.

    Here are some reasons why I think kids should have cell phones in school. You can keep in touch with your parents because what if they had an emergency or you had an emergency. 

  • Through the years, I have loved the Ohio River, and it never ceases to be an inspiration to me. I always remember that the Ohio River flows into the Mississippi River which makes me think of the song:

    “He don’t plant ‘taters, he don’t plant cotton,

    Them that plants it are soon forgotten,

    But Old Man River just keeps on rollin’ along.”

  • 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.