Jan. 29: Our Readers Write

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Jobs on post subject to many influences

I was assigned to Fort Knox as an intelligence analyst from April 1992 until my retirement from the active-duty Army in July 1997 and worked with many DOD civilians living in the local area. Fort Knox DOD civilians, per capita, are the best paid work force in the region but I chose to refrain from pursuing a DOD civilian intelligence job, which would have paid more than deputy sheriff, because of personal observations which Mr. Jacob Pearman was undoubtedly trying to illustrate. 

DOD civilian employees often wonder; from one month to the next, if they are going to have a job. Many friends had their job positions closed due to arbitrary post level, political decisions by individuals whom I refer to as the “Fort Knox Mafia.” The local economy is just too dependent upon the chess game surrounding DOD civilian jobs. Moving the Armor School from Fort Knox to Fort Benning, Ga., and troop reductions had a great impact on Radcliff in the area of housing and local businesses.There were many home foreclosures and more than one business folded because of a dependence upon patronization by soldiers and DOD civilians.

Decisions which spawn these situations occur at levels of government far beyond effective influence by local Radcliff residents.Had I pursued and attained a DOD civilian job at Fort Knox, I might have been forced to sell my home and move to Columbus, Ga., or lose it outright and that is what Mr. Pearman understood. I opted to become a Hardin County deputy sheriff which paid less but was far more stable.

This region needs to attract good paying, private sector civilian jobs totally unconnected to the fate of Fort Knox and the whims of those in Washington, D.C., and elsewhere. We need those kind of jobs for local families; especially children as they graduate high school and attempt to join the work force. Those who manipulate Fort Knox and have neither an idea nor an immediate concern of Radcliff citizens have too much influence in the socio-economic state of that city and Hardin County. It’s not the first time that this subject has been brought up and I see no need to be upset with Mr. Pearman on this issue.

Harry M. Braxton Jr.



Upset by decision to show ‘The Butler’

Shame on you, Historic State Theater, for showing “The Butler.” It is a slap in the face to our military. I hope the people who come to this movie appreciate the pain and loss of lives that enables them to live in a country where they have the freedom to watch this movie.

I have supported the remodeling of this theater and the downtown activities  but I will no longer support a place that has no respect for our military.

Judy Banks