Letters to the Editor - Jan. 10, 2019

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By The Staff

Remembering things from the past

In 1818, James Monroe was the fifth president of the United States and the man who would become the seventh president of the U.S., General Jackson captured Pensacola, Florida from the Spanish. The U.S. Congress adopted the flag of 13 red and white stripes and one star for each of the 20 states. Another star was added in December of that year when Illinois became the 21st state. The year of 1818 was also the year that the 49th parallel was established as the official northern border between the U.S. and Canada. And it is nice to know that was the year that the most recorded song in human history, the beloved Christmas carol, “Silent Night” came into being.

All these things as well as many more should be remembered as we enter 2019. One that is perhaps of equal importance to many folk in Oldham County is the following bit of recorded history.

William and Charity Boulware would deed an acre of ground to the trustees of the Methodist Episcopal Church in Floydsburg for the sum of one dollar. (a monument in Floydsburg cemetery marks the original area.) A log church was built there and pastored by Rev. James Ward who had accompanied Francis Asbury into Kentucky to be his secretary in 1793. But due to Ward’s ill health and family responsibilities he soon located in Floydsburg where he farmed all week and preached nearly every Sunday for 62 years!

Two hundred years and 47 preachers later, Crestwood United Methodist Church has been joyously celebrating her Bicentennial year of ministry! The year 2018 has helped the congregation to focus monthly on the value of all those dedicated Christians of long ago and the on-going devotion of others. Over those 200 years, Crestwood Methodist Church has continued to grow and instead of just a few members, now has a following of hundreds. In 200 years, many things come and go but dedication to Christianity lives forever. The people of Crestwood Methodist Church are grateful for that early beginning and are forever thankful.

- Rev. Ted Burke, Crestwood United Methodist Church

In support of fighting the extension tax

I admire and applaud a fellow resident by the name of John Carter for his tenacity in standing up to Oldham County Fiscal Court and others who should be supporting his generosity and resolve in fighting against what has been ruled (in another Kentucky judicial jurisdiction) an unconstitutional tax.

I do hope Mr. Carter continues his fight and we all see a successful conclusion in our supreme court. Fiscal court is on the wrong side of this fight with their interference. They have previously stated they have no control over the extension agency action. Although it appears not to be the case with fiscal court or our local judiciary, there should be no taxation without representation and there was certainly none in this case.

- Chuck Kimberl, Skylight