Jan. 9, 2009: Our readers write

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By The Staff

Kentucky is No. 1 and No. 2

Kentucky is No. 1 and No. 2, no not in basketball or football.  We Kentuckians are number one in tobacco taxes per capita and number two in overall taxation on a per capita basis.  It is time we were heard in Frankfort and demand no more taxes.

If you agree call your legislators at (800) 372-7181 and tell them “no more taxes.”

Charles R. Casper


Learn to make do

I am writing this regarding the five cent school tax and the column by Hardin County Schools Superintendent Nannette Johnston that appeared in The News-Enterprise. I believe such a proposal is irresponsible and unduly burdensome to the people of Hardin County during these difficult economic times.

Most families and businesses are currently adjusting their spending habits due to budgetary concerns and the school system needs to follow suit. To expect the people of Hardin County to bear the increased burden of irresponsible spending is unfair. Elected representatives have an obligation of reining in this careless spending and telling the superintendant to learn to live within a tighter budget.

This district has engaged in an extravagant building frenzy that is unprecedented. It is time to tighten the belt and learn to live like the rest of us. 

Arnold G. Myers

Elizabethtown   Sense not cents

About the nickel tax increase voted upon by the school board recently to cover expenses “for new facilities to house a surge in students from the BRAC transition,” common sense should tell you that the increase in population and the taxes they pay should cover this expense.

I have saved the article, I have your names and next election, all of you who voted to tax us more will not receive my vote. It’s amazing that “we the people” can always come up with more before looking for ways to cut the fat out of government.

We are bailing out poor management in government, business and bad decisions made by politicians. I have not seen any article demanding that the thieves who made off with the money from the bad decisions, in the form of outright theft, campaign donations or sweetheart deals, return the money (Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac) to the taxpayers.

We’ve bailed out Wall Street, and the UAW, and have the same politicians responsible for the housing mess in charge of telling us how to fix it. Is this insanity? You bet.

As a citizen, I’ve had it with being responsible for decisions I didn’t make. I’m taking names. When the election comes around again, I’ll know for whom not to vote, starting with the school board.

Alma Medley




Did I misread the paper on Jan. 2-3, 2009 and Bardstown is now in Hardin County? I understand Bardstown has a new hospital. Is something wrong with it?

Anyway, I would like to know who Hardin County’s first baby and parents were.

I have lived in Hardin County for over 50 years. A lot of times I have read the paper and found other counties have taken over our Hardin County titles from us. What is wrong?

Barbara Preston