July 26, 2012: Our readers write

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The end justifies the means?

I read Sunday’s editorial concerning the Elizabethtown Sports Park, with the full view of the Sports Park from my back yard. I felt chastised like a child because I was one of the few with “hard feelings” about this enormous creation adjacent to my neighborhood.

To be noted, I am a proponent of children participating in athletics; it creates physical fitness, discipline and a sense of belonging. In fact, my children have participated in local sports. It is the denigration of my opinion (based on rule of law) via the editorial board, with which I have a grievance.

Additionally, I dare say none of the members of the editorial board have endured two years of substantial construction noise and dirt, extremely bright field lights beaming into their homes for many nights and the invasion of privacy bestowed on my family in the back yard from passersby. Each time my children are gawked at by onlookers in our back yard, I will explain to them the newspaper wrote it is meant to improve their “quality of life.”

Moreover, as I continued to read the editorial, I was reminded of a phrase created by an Italian politician named Niccolo Machiavelli, who once wrote, “The end justifies the means.”

I was born and raised in this town and I want it to flourish, but I am disappointed to see the leadership and journalists of Elizabethtown have no capacity for opposing viewpoints of rule of law.

In short, I do not agree with Machiavelli or the editorial board; the end does not justify the means; however, he was correct when he wrote, “Of mankind in general we may say they are fickle, hypocritical and greedy of gain.”

By the way, I am still requesting a security fence along the neighborhood boundary, but honestly, I do not expect a response.

Laura Stover



Resources for children available

When we hear the shocking statistics about child abuse and neglect in Kentucky, it’s tempting to focus on the numbers. But look deeper – each number represents a real child, a real victim who needs individual care and concern provided by someone who has the heart and compassion to meet their needs.

Since 1869, Sunrise Children’s Services has done just that. But look deeper – when you think of Sunrise, don’t just think of an agency that cares for more than 600 children across the state each day. Instead, think about our employees who deal directly with these children day in and day out.

While Sunrise employs dedicated people in a wide variety of support roles and positions, it’s the front-line workers working every day with these children who are most critical to carrying out our mission to provide healing and a chance for a better tomorrow. For these tireless people, it’s more than just a job, it is a calling. These people spend their day drying tears, listening, encouraging and mentoring. Their job is to create a safe, secure environment where these children can experience a new life and discover new potential.

It takes a special type of person with an enormous amount of love, patience and dedication to provide the help these children in need. Sunrise is extremely thankful to have them serve as foster parents, foster care specialists, counselors in our community-based programs and direct-care staff in our residential programs across the state, including the Crossroads Treatment Center and the Glen Dale Center right here in Hardin County.

We want to thank each of these individuals for their dedication to the children. Without them, thousands of Kentucky’s children would not have a chance to grow and thrive.

And we want to thank you, who continue to support Sunrise in our mission to help these children every day.

Dr. William Smithwick

President and CEO

Sunrise Children’s Services


Tax report exaggerated

I just read the letter discussing the 3.8 percent sales tax on the sale of a home. This provision goes into effect in 2013. That information is about the only thing right in that letter.

The 3.8 percent tax only applies to the amount of the sale that exceeds a $250,000 gain for a single taxpayer and $500,000 for married taxpayers filing a joint return. Therefore, his example of a $3,800 tax on the sale of a $100,000 home is totally false.

This tax is for individuals with adjusted gross income more than $200,000 and couples who make more than $250,000. So these taxes hit only the top earning 2 percent to 3 percent of filers.

It took me all of two minutes to find the facts on the Internet. It amazes me how people choose to perpetuate falsehoods and inflammatory statements rather than take the time to research the facts.

Please everyone, educate yourselves.

Karl Stankovic