Letters to the Editor - Oct. 18, 2018

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By The Staff

Oldham County Schools has superheroes

Superheroes come in many different forms but have one thing is common – superheroes do something beyond what normal people do – they are extraordinary. We have superheroes right here in Oldham County. Don’t believe me? Let me tell you about a couple of instances where I’ve seen superheroes in action in our school district. Last year, an employee needed a kidney transplant. Upon hearing about his need, a fellow employee stepped up without hesitation to offer her kidney. It was a match, the transplant took place, and both are back at work and doing very well. She didn’t do it for praise, she didn’t worry about her own health, as she put it, “I had two, so why not give one? It’s the right thing to do.”

Another instance of heroism involved an OCS employee, a toddler and a busy road. One day, while driving, an employee noticed a toddler pushing a toy car near a busy street. Fearing that the child was about to dart into traffic, the employee knew he had to act fast. Reacting quickly, the employee stopped everything he was doing and courageously stopped traffic in both directions in the nick of time, very likely saving the child’s life.

These are two examples of how our bus drivers were real-life superheroes, but in reality, they are superheroes every day. Our drivers have the very important work of transporting our kids to and from school safely each day — a task they take very seriously — and they do an outstanding job.

We’ve always said bus drivers are more than just drivers. They are often the first staff members our students see each day, and the last they see in the afternoon. They have the opportunity to brighten someone’s day as they step off the bus and into the school building. Many of our drivers see that opportunity as a responsibility and wouldn’t have it any other way. We hear about drivers greeting kids with a smile and a “good morning” in a different language every day and then a special good bye every afternoon, sharing high-fives, discussing important activities, and even showing up for special events at school to show their support.

Our parents notice their exceptional dedication too. As one parent noted on social media, “We are new to the school and Ms. Nancy was the first person my daughter met on her first day of school. Ms. Nancy made such a great impression on my daughter and made her feel so welcome! Every day at drop off, Ms. Nancy is so encouraging and always gives my daughter a high five for such a good day!” It’s this attention to detail, the little things, that our students will carry with them throughout their day, and even school year.

Their extraordinary commitment doesn’t stop when the last student gets off the bus. Our drivers attend games, plays and festivals to show their support. They also go the extra mile when nobody expects it. Whether it’s a forgotten lunchbox, backpack, or jacket, our drivers do their best to return it to their owner, even if that means instead of heading home, they head to a student’s home to drop of the item. Said one grateful parent, “Mr. Steve is an amazing bus driver. He came by our house two hours after dropping off my kids to return a jacket we hadn’t even noticed was missing yet. He is always ensuring their safety.”

These are just a few examples of everyday heroes. The selflessness of our bus drivers is truly a gift to our district, so please, when you see a bus driver be sure to say thanks, wave hello, or simply share a smile, and know that our students are in the capable hands of real-life superheroes.

- Greg Schultz, Superintendent of Oldham County Schools

Letters in support of Steve Greenwell

I want to express my support for Steve Greenwell and ask you to vote for him as Oldham County’s District 4 Magistrate.

While I have known Steve and his wife Karen for many years it has been during the last eight years of serving on the court that I came to know him well.

Steve’s dedication to doing what is right for the county has no boundaries. His years of experience with the finance and road committees is invaluable.

Steve is fiscally responsible and guards our county dollars as if they were his own.

Steve’s word is his bond, he is honest, forthright, and truly cares for the future of the county as well as continuing to support our current residents and upholding private property rights.

A vote for Steve is not a political statement it is a statement of love for our county and a hope for its’ continued success.

- Kevin Eldridge, La Grange

I’m writing in support of Steve Greenwell as candidate for re-election in Oldham County’s fourth district magistrate race. I’ve known Steve and his wife Karen for over 50 years and you’ll find no better people than these. They are both life-long residents of the county and active leaders in the community. Steve is finishing his fourth term as magistrate on our county’s fiscal court, having been re-elected because of his deep knowledge of the issues facing our county and tireless efforts to make it a better place for all of us to live. Over the years, I’ve watched his voting record on the many issues facing our local government. Here is what I’ve noticed and what, in my opinion, sets him apart as a leader. He thinks first about what is right for the county and not what may be the most advantageous way for him to cast his vote politically. This is not an easy thing to do and we need more leadership such as his not only locally but at every level of government. I urge you to join me in supporting Steve Greenwell for re-election as district four magistrate on November 6.

- Horace Harrod, Crestwood

Required reading before the election

As the school year starts, it is on everyone’s mind – or at least should be! Teachers have been asking “What do I want my students to read in this course?” Students ask, “What is required for this one?” Parents are expected to have read the school supply list. Required reading is simply a necessary part of good education. How can one be truly educated without being acquainted with ideas new to their minds, including those that run counter to their already-established patterns of thinking?

As we head into this next election, I would suggest some required reading for those going to the polls.

First of all, I would suggest that each voter reread the Constitution of the United States in order to make sure the candidates they vote for think in line with those principles which provide the social cohesion necessary for our American experiment. Since the principles therein have been the basis for the flourishing of our nation, changing those values runs the risk of outcomes we never intended or desired

More particularly do I have in mind the recent move toward Democratic Socialism our nation is experiencing. Before casting a vote for this type of political and economic philosophy, it would behoove voters to do some required reading about the outcomes of such an idea. If completed, they might realize that even with the deficiencies of our present system of government and economic capitalism, this system contributes much more to human flourishing than the socialistic way of doing community.

Little do they seem to understand that the very possibility of free dissent with the status quo which they enjoy, and the hope of changing the system through free elections are benefits which are hard to obtain under a socialist system.

As to the required reading for socialist enthusiasts, I have three suggestions.

First, “Of Plymouth Plantation” by William Bradford. This history of the first English settlers in America reveals that even though many were religious, their communal economic policy failed. Whereas they originally thought everyone would work solely for the benefit of the community and would all share alike in the fruit, they quickly discovered that many had a tendency to let others do the work, yet still expected to eat. It didn’t take long to realize privately held plots of land produced a higher yield and a more harmonious community. Socialism simply did not match the reality of human nature and therefore did not work.

Second, on the list would be “A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich” by Alexandr Solzhenitsyn, and for the high achieving student, his “The Gulag Archipelago.” In these, this Russian soldier and dissident chronicles life in the 20th Century Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. He reveals firsthand the government- induced atrocities and brutality of life under a socialist system of government.

Spending years in prison because of a perceived statement against the government did not create a high quality of life. Having the government confiscate one’s land and resettle the family hundreds of miles away did not lead to human flourishing. Socialism simply did not provide wonderful living for the masses.

Of course, one cannot help but mention that the U.S.S.R. no longer exists. Its state-determined economic policies could not withstand the weight of reality.

Neither can Venezuela’s. If history isn’t the student’s passion, a third option would be the current news reports on Venezuela’s socialist economy. It is collapsing. Inflation is in the thousands of percentage points. Long lines and empty shelves are a staple when trying to get food, if food is to be gotten. Life is bad enough for throngs of people to risk crossing the bridge at Cucuta into guerilla-ravaged Colombia. And in the political arena, sham elections have been deemed neither free nor fair by outside observers.

Desiring those outcomes over the freedom and blessing we enjoy in this nation seems to be symptomatic of a loss of touch with reality.

To pass the freedom test, we better complete our required reading.

- David Meredith, Crestwood