March 31, 2013: Our readers write

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Following the crowd

Last Sunday The News-Enterprise published a lengthy exposition by Hardin County Judge-Executive Harry Berry.

From what I read, he admitted he has been fixated on moving out of downtown Elizabethtown for many years and only has investigated alternatives to the extent of defeating them.

He mentioned other organizations that already have moved out of downtown — his justification for doing the same. “Follow the crowd” is, apparently, the guiding principal of our Fiscal Court rather than “lead by example.”

I do not dispute the idea that a new building would be more cost effective than renovating existing buildings. I continue to dispute the location.

I believe most would agree we want more going on downtown. The remedy for this is not to have even less going on.

The connector was supposed to alleviate traffic in the middle of the county. Moving county offices out to the intersection of that new route and Ring Road will erase that gain. That is not good for the county. An empty downtown also is not good for the county.

Magistrates who are determined to pursue a course of action that will diminish life in their county should be removed from office at the first opportunity. Harry Berry seems to think we should just shut up and trust the judgment of our representatives. The magistrate for my area, E.G. Thompson, admitted to me he opposed the move to Ring Road but voted for it anyway. A guy who cannot even vote in favor of his own convictions cannot be counted upon to vote in the best interest of his constituents.

Bob Steen



Thanks to Fiscal Court

Five years ago Ed Sparrow wrote a well-thought out missive to the editor of The News-Enterprise on the subject of moving county offices out of downtown Elizabethtown. It caused me to write a follow up missive.

One of the things pointed out was that it wasn’t the duty of anyone but the city of Elizabethtown to deal with the county to encourage them to remain downtown.

The city didn’t keep any of the other entities that have moved from downtown, so why would anyone expect the county do anything but move?

Judge-Executive Harry Berry and the court are doing a good job in tough times.  Thanks to one and all of them.

Who says no one ever thanks politicians?

Bill Beckerdite



Bill Marsee’s work goes on

A note of appreciation to The News-Enterprise for the article and editorial on the life and passing of Bill Marsee.

For all the many expressions of sympathy, support and shared memories, we give our thanks.

We also want the Youth Theatre choir to know how much we appreciate their heavenly voices that sang at the Mass to celebrate his life.

Now, Youth Theater of Hardin County will continue to honor him in July by bringing to the community a magnificent production of “Peter Pan” with ZFX Flying Effects as he wished.

Betty Marsee and Family



Jim Collier’s absence felt

In the passing of James M. Collier (Feb. 7, 1920-Sept. 3, 2012), we lost a great man of passion, honesty, devotion, character and friendship. Passion for the common individual who was trying to become a better person and willing to help in any way possible. Honesty in giving an honest answer to difficult questions.

Mr. Collier was the type of gentleman you could count on no matter what answer he gave you.

Devotion to his faith and in his business dealings. He was a law partner for several years and gave his full attention to performing professional work on all matters.

He saw the future of having a college in our area to assist anyone in obtaining a better life through education. He was one of several individuals to help obtain a community college in Elizabethtown. Devotion for the passion of the common individual to reach their true potential in life.

Character is something you must have within yourself and learn to nurture and develop that attribute. Character cannot be taught. Mr. Collier had the yearning just to be himself.

What a wonderful gift he had never to meet a stranger. Friendship is a word in Webster’s Dictionary, but Mr. Collier did not have to read the dictionary. He was a friend to everyone. I was an employee and a friend, and I miss his friendly smile, handshake and him asking, “How are you today?”

I know many people miss the friendship of Mr. Collier as much as I do and if you did not know him, I hope as you read this letter you realize what a wonderful, generous man he truly was.

Jackie B. Woosley