Letters to the Editor

No confidence in schools’ budget

I spent the last two days at the Fayette County budget meetings. County Administrator Jack Krakeel, Chief Financial Officer Mary Holland and Assistant Financial Officer Toni Howard did an outstanding job presenting a very complex budget.

This is in sharp contrast to the ridiculous presentation the Comptroller of the Board of Education, Laura Brock, gave [May 24].

In just one short week, her fund forecast changed from a negative of $3.3 million to a positive of $300,000. Unfortunately, her forecasts are like that all the time. Read More»

Storm warnings on West Bypass funds

Sunny skies earlier in the day on Thursday had me smiling until the storms came through. We had one storm on the outside and another storm in the Board of Commissioners meeting in Fayette County. Read More»

Invoking his faith, Commissioner Hearn must answer to its tenets

It’s discouraging to find myself in a dilemma where I’m personally watching one of my elected officials, chosen to represent my best interests, someone who even claims to share my faith and values, tarnish Christianity in public meetings and in the newspapers.

Many in this room are not of the Christian faith, but you, Commissioner Hearn, personally informed me after a candidates’ debate that you share my faith as a born-again Christian believer. Read More»

Why wild swings in BoE budget?

At the April 11 Fayette County Board of Education called meeting, in documents on e-board (www.fcboe.org), Tom Gray stated that the potential fund balance ending 2012 would be $6.9 million. This, Mr. Gray stated, would be the fund balance with the employee pay scale restored.

Bob Todd stated in the April 19th board meeting that “we know we will be all right next year.”

So tell me how did the projected fund balance ending June, 2012 for the May 17 board meeting be a difference of $10 million, in one month? Read More»

GOP art of shooting itself in both feet

Why is it that there seems to be a crisis every other week within the Grand Old Party? Newt trashed a most prominent member of his own party merely hours after announcing his bid to be the Republican nominee for 2012. Huckabee and Trump declared the effort simply isn’t worth the cost. Read More»

A good man’s name is being trashed needlessly, without the facts

I have lived in Fayette County for 45 years and was fortunate to arrive when we were still a “village.” I have witnessed the growth of the county: It was 8,000 persons when I moved here in 1966 and now it’s more than 106,000 persons.

We were, indeed, a “village” then. We shared responsibility for not only helping each other out, but in the rearing of each other’s children. Now we are just a metropolis, people scurrying to and fro, and there are those who delight in changing the status quo ante. Read More»

Breast cancer survivor: Who gets the ‘Walk for the Cure’ money?

Since I am a breast cancer survivor I feel that I have every right to express my opinions about the money that is raised for a cure for breast cancer.

I have noticed that every day on Channel 5 there is an ad for the Susan G. Komen Walk for the Cure asking for participants, join now and get your money in for the walk.

My mind is kinda old, so I thought Why are they still advertising for an event that has already happened?

So I called the number on the TV screen, and the lady who answered the phone was so upbeat. I said, “When is the Susan G. Komen Walk for the Cure in Atlanta?” Read More»

To cut bloated federal budget, start by slashing subsidies to Big Oil

Last night the United States Senate voted to continue giving subsidies to five major U.S. oil companies. These companies are, and have been, making record profits for years even as Americans are struggling financially.

It is noteworthy that world oil prices are set by OPEC and U.S. oil companies benefit from these exorbitant prices even though the cost of producing a domestic barrel of oil is estimated at $20. Read More»

Should grand jury investigate Hearn?

The public comment portion of the meeting of county commissioners on May 12 was revealing. The comments were primarily directed at Commissioner Lee Hearn, who was absent. The comments were critical of his appointment of his first cousin Addison Lester III to the election board and the fact he did not reveal his relationship to Mr. Lester. In fact he tried to hide that information by stating he knew Mr. Lester from church. Read More»

People losing faith in county government

We’re well beyond the point of ridiculous on the newest appointment to the Fayette County Board of Elections. Commissioner Lee Hearn shouldn’t have been appointing his cousin to oversee his election results in the first place. Mr. Hearn is smart enough to know right from wrong. Read More»

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