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Letter to the editor

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor,

Far too often, legislators in Frankfort move to support or oppose a piece of legislation without fully knowing or realizing how their decision could adversely affect communities, businesses and the people of Kentucky. That’s why it is was so encouraging when Sen. Jared Carpenter of Berea, who chairs the Senate Natural Resources and Energy Committee, decided this week to delay a vote when Senate Bill 214 came before his committee. Continue reading Letter to the editor

Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor
Letter to the Editor

Write A Letter To Keep Our County Safe

A company named Kinder Morgan wants to use a 70-year-old deteriorating pipeline that runs through Madison County right past Kit Carson Elementary School to move highly volatile fracking byproducts from the fracking fields in the northeast to the Texas Coast. If this plan is approved, it could put our community’s water, soil, and the safety of our children at risk.

The pipeline also runs through some of the most fertile farmland in the whole nation, as well as through important sources of drinking Continue reading Letter to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Letter to the Editor
Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor,

The WWII vintage Tennessee Pipeline running through Madison County will soon carry hazardous liquids if the Kinder Morgan Company gets its way.

These hazardous liquids, known as natural gas liquids (NGLs), are a threat to every property owner and community along its path. Byproducts of the fracking industry, NGLs are colorless and odorless as well as toxic, so you can’t detect a leak. They’re also heavier than Continue reading Letters to the Editor

Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor
Letter to the Editor

I’ve read with interest the hand-wringing that has gone on in regards to the leadership of the city “ignoring” the BCS stadium for expenditures that have been called a “temple to fiscal waste and utopian ideologies” like the expanded fire and police facilities that are currently under construction at city hall.

Even the staunchest critics of “fiscal waste” should realize that fire and police protection are at the very core of services the city of Continue reading Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor
Letter to the Editor

We have attended the Berea Crafts Fair for several years. This year I went wanting to find a new short walking stick. The one I found at the Kentucky Renaissance Fair is in need of replacement I bought it there for $15. The only one I found was $100.

We found that several items were of poor quality. Since it takes almost 1 hr to get there we may look for another; At least we were able to have lunch at Boone Tavern

Joseph Ludack

Letters to the Editor

Letter to the Editor
Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor,
My husband and I need some public help with something. Our youngest daughter, Bethanie is 43 years old. She lived at home all her life since she had brain cancer in 1980 when she was 7 years old, this was 36 years ago. Last January 2, she was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma, bone/skull cancer. She had surgery and part of her skull was removed and replaced with a mesh plate. Continue reading Letters to the Editor

Letter to the editor

Letter to the Editor
Letter to the Editor

The pension article by Jim Waters of the Bluegrass Institute was certainly an interesting read. I enjoy fiction.

I am a State Government Retiree who became alarmed about the funding level of the Kentucky Employee Retirement System non haz (KERS nh) pension plan and over the course of the last year have learned much about the facts.

The facts are:

1) The Kentucky Retirement System (KRS) was formed by Legislation which was passed by Legislators.
2) Any changes to the pension plans under the purview of KRS are Continue reading Letter to the editor

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Letter to the Editor
Letter to the Editor

As a Kentucky Retirement Systems stakeholder, I am gratified by Gov. Matt Bevin’s recognition of the existential threat to the Kentucky Employees and State Police pension plans. His General Fund budget proposal for the upcoming two fiscal years allocates revenue above the full employer contribution to begin addressing this threat.

The advocacy group Kentucky Government Retirees has communicated regularly with legislators over the past several Continue reading LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Letter To The Editor

Letter to the Editor
Letter to the Editor

As members of the General Assembly return to Frankfort for the 2016 Regular Session, they will find themselves facing a multitude of challenges, one of the more critical being pension funding. Legislative action in the 2013 Regular Session provided the framework for funding the plans managed by the Kentucky Retirement Systems (KRS). Public employee (and teacher) pensions will require tens of millions of new Continue reading Letter To The Editor

Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor
Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor,
What would you think if several miles of a 70 year old natural gas pipeline in your county was converted to carry hazardous liquids? Industry giant Kinder Morgan plans to do just that. The hazardous liquids are highly explosive and pose a myriad of health and community safety risks, yet they are colorless and odorless, so you won’t know that you’ve driven into a vapor cloud until your car explodes.

I invite you to learn about pipeline safety, emergency response, and local options for communities seeking a sustainable future at Pipelines, Fracking, and Kentucky’s Future Beyond Fossil Fuels, a free one day summit on Saturday, November 7 in Lexington.

For more information visit www.nobluegrasspipeline.com.

Sincerely, Chris Schimmoeller

Survey results point to issues; identifies opportunities for Berea

Survey Says
Survey Says

Results from the recently concluded “Age-Friendly” Berea survey revealed more than just how residents feel about issues impacting the quality of their daily lives. It also provided food for thought on a number of opportunities the city and surrounding communities could pursue.

As part of the World Health Organization/AARP “Age-Friendly” Cities movement, the study looked at how well Berea is doing in eight (8) core areas of livability: public transportation; affordable and variety of housing; outdoor spaces and buildings; communication and information; health and wellness; socialization; jobs; and civic engagement. The results, a first for Berea and our area, are part of an ongoing set of criteria the city must meet to achieve “age-friendly” status. Its designation can mean a lot to Berea in terms of tourism, retirement, and Continue reading Survey results point to issues; identifies opportunities for Berea

Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor
Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor,
What would you think if several miles of a 70 year old natural gas pipeline in your county was converted to carry hazardous liquids? Industry giant Kinder Morgan plans to do just that. The hazardous liquids are highly explosive and pose a myriad of health and community safety risks, yet they are colorless and odorless, so you won’t know that you’ve driven into a vapor cloud until your car explodes.

I invite you to learn about pipeline safety, emergency response, and local options for communities seeking a sustainable future at Pipelines, Fracking, and Kentucky’s Future Beyond Fossil Fuels, a free one day summit on Saturday, November 7 in Lexington.

For more information visit www.nobluegrasspipeline.com.

Sincerely, Chris Schimmoeller

Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor
Letter to the Editor

Over the past few months, I’ve shared with many people why I believe so strongly in Berea becoming an “age-friendly” community. As a resident, I have a personal stake in what the future of our city will look like for me, my family, and my friends. I also have concern for others who may not be as fortunate as you or I when it comes to mobility, housing, jobs, social engagement or other quality of life issues that overtime affect us all.

What I like about the “age-friendly” movement taking shape in Berea and in other cities across our nation is that it does not focus upon any one issue. Rather, it seeks to address many issues that impact a community and its residents. An “age-friendly” community also, strives to include as many people, of any age or ability as possible, in expressing their opinions and taking a role in helping to create a better community for all. It proceeds from Continue reading Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor
Letter to the Editor

Dear Representative Shell:

I am writing this letter in response to the most recent meeting which was held at Kirksville Elementary school on May 5th regarding the possible routes for the KY 52 relocation. These “meetings”, as I’m sure you’re aware Mr. Shell, are really more like sad announcements dressed up and made to appear as if average citizens actually have some part to play in the Kentucky Transportation Bureau’s decision process. It is, after all, average citizens’ homes and land Continue reading Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor
Letter to the Editor

On Wednesday April 15, there is an international day of support for workers making minimum wage. It is a demonstration to say that the minimum wage needs to be increased so that people can take care of their families.

Workers today make about 68% of what they made in the 1960’s. Wages have not kept pace with cost of living. We taxpayers are making up the difference between what a minimum wage worker is paid and what they need to provide the basics for their families in things like food stamps, welfare and lost city revenue—yet corporate profits have increased immensely.

The divide between rich and poor is growing. The middle class is fading. Let us give hope to the next generation by saying that LOW PAY IS NOT OK! LOW PAY IS BAD FOR WORKERS, TAXPAYERS, COMMUNITIES AND Continue reading Letter to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Letter to the Editor
Letter to the Editor

I went to Frankfort at the end of February and gave my testimony before House and Senate committees addressing my concerns about legislation pertaining to oil and gas production in our state, including deep well high-volume hydraulic fracking in our rural communities. I asked legislators to pass a two-year moratorium on this type of technology.

I live in the Red Lick valley of Madison County. I purchased our property 18 years ago and built a small home on 4 and half acres. My occupation by trade is residential painter, but more importantly my son’s primary caregiver. I’m a single mom to a medically fragile young man with physical and intellectual disabilities due to intractable epilepsy. I’m extremely concerned for our health and safety as well as our land, water and home because of the recent leases bought in Madison, Estill, Jackson, and Rockcastle counties by oil and gas Continue reading Letters to the Editor