Jan. 16, 2014: Our readers write

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Jon Ballard, Bruce Arnette, Allan Poikonen

Expressing thanks to EIS School Board

We are hearing a lot lately from school boards who have stepped up and made a case both locally and statewide for restoring and increasing funding for schools. Many different groups make money pitches for so many causes that the temptation may be to lump these school boards in with the rest. But that is not where they should be.

When members of the Elizabethtown Independent Schools board advocate for better funding, they are doing it for the children of this community: for the up-to-date books they need for their classes, for the after-school programs that help struggling readers, for new school buses to safely transport them, for buildings that offer the physical setting needed to learn, for course offerings and technology that will enable them to graduate to a career or go on to postsecondary education and on and on.

In other words, their only vested interest is in the children they were elected to serve. Let’s remember that during January, when Kentucky observes School Board Recognition Month.

Let’s also remember that when Teresa Harris, Paul Godfrey, Anthony Kuklinski, Guy Wallace and Matt Wyatt champion local schools and students, it comes with a personal cost. Your board members may spend hours reading materials and looking over reports to prepare for a single board meeting. These laypeople take time out of their schedules to obtain training to become knowledgeable about the leadership, budgetary process and other details they need to know to do their jobs.

Members of the Elizabethtown Independent Schools Board of Education will be recognized publicly  at the Jan. 21 board meetingfor their steadfast service. Additionally, Mayor Edna Berger has declared January as observance of School Board Recognition Month for the Elizabethtown community.

On behalf of the Elizabethtown Independent Schools community, I want to offer a sincere and respectful thank you to Teresa Harris, Paul Godfrey, Anthony Kuklinski, Guy Wallace and Matt Wyatt. We appreciate their passion, leadership and commitment to the mission of Elizabethtown Independent Schools. This month, stop them with a “thank you” for the work they do on behalf of Elizabethtown Independent Schools and its students and staff.

Jon Ballard
Elizabethtown Independent Schools

Many responded to urgent situation

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their support in the search and rescue of two of our residents on the night of Jan. 7.

Thank you to the community for volunteers who helped search for these special needs boys; for the people who brought food, water and refreshments to the workers; to the search and rescue teams.

Area churches, fire departments, sheriff’s offices, search and rescue teams, The Life Connection staff and Kentucky State Police provided support in finding these two mentally challenged boys and returned them safely to their cottage.

Without the help and support of these fine men and women, the search for these children would have taken much longer than it did and our residents could have suffered medical injuries from the cold.

Thank you all. We appreciate every one of you.

Bruce Arnette

Can something be done about rates?

Upon opening my television and Internet bill for this New Year, an annual increase has been accessed to my bill. Fortunately, this year’s annual increase was only a little more than 5 percent, which is a little less than the annual increases accessed to my bills over the past 20-plus years. But the power of compounding interest over a sustained period of time does have an impact.

Upon questioning customer service, the response given was the standardization of fees, irrelevant to where one lives in the nation. Lovely, except median wages differ significantly throughout the nation. Just imagine if we attempted to “standardize” real estate prices.

Unfortunately, we have limited options in the Elizabethtown area. Most subscribers to TV and Internet services in Elizabethtown must choose Comcast or nothing at all. And given that the Internet is an essential tool for our school-aged children, the residual effect is greater than one might expect. I am not sure why this has to be.

A recent article by Timothy Lee in the Washington Post (dated Oct. 1, 2013) mentioned charts show Comcast acting more and more like a monopolist. In the article, Mr. Lee states that Comcast is charging $115 per month for 105 Mbps of connectivity. But Google is charging customers of fiber network in Kansas City $70 for a connection that is 10 times as fast.

Just as competition and choice has been so effective in keeping pricing within reason over the years, perhaps it is time to allow competition in this market. Perhaps, Elizabethtown should entertain the thought of being the next Olathe, Kan., (Google Fiber) where entrepreneurs flock and the cost for the citizens are well within reason.

Allan Poikonen