Nov. 8, 2012: Our readers write

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Wreaths Across America

As Hardin County prepares to salute our many veterans this year, mark your calendars for 10 a.m. Dec. 15 for the laying of wreaths at the Kentucky Veterans Cemetery in Radcliff. This is the fourth year for this ceremony and creates an incredible sight that will warm your heart for the holidays.  

With more than 2,500 veterans already buried there, I still am in need of donations. Wreaths are $15 each with one free for every two purchased. Also,100 percent of money collected goes to purchase wreaths.

Checks should be made out to Wreaths Across America, and mailed c/o Donna Betson, 702 Augusta Drive, Vine Grove, KY 40175. Questions or more info, call (270) 877-7066.

Donna Betson
Vine Grove


Address confusion

Radcliff is very fortunate to be a class act city and being in the second-class status category.

Maintaining its integrity is entrusted to its elected mayor and city council. Each elected official brings his/her own set of principles/advisories to the table which add credence to the city’s governing process.

That being said, I have given much thought to how our city has to assure itself other entities outside the city’s control, which affects Radcliff and all its residents, are held to the highest integrity in their dealings with us.

This leads me to inform everyone that there is an on-going problem affecting our city and its residents.

It has to do with residents occupying homes in several of the subdivisions/housing developments including Brightside Estates, Applewood, Auburn Hills, Deer Haven, Cowley Crossing, and other areas of the city. All of these residents pay taxes to the city of Radcliff and enjoy all the amenities of city services, including police and fire protection. Yet, somehow these same residents have been assigned residential addresses of Elizabethtown, KY.

Who is responsible for Radcliff residents being assigned Elizabethtown addresses? Would you believe John Hardin High School, Bluegrass Middle School, and New Highland Elementary School are all situated in Radcliff, but also have been assigned Elizabethtown addresses? In my opinion, this action can no longer be tolerated and must be officially addressed with Radcliff city government being a party to the decision process. I feel a personal need to help defend Radcliff’s fiscal posture which I believe is adversely affected in this matter by assuring revenue due the city by surcharges on certain insurance policies, franchise fees, etc., are properly factored in accountability to Radcliff.

Residents of Radcliff with Elizabethtown addresses should also be aware that you may not have been properly credited to Radcliff by the U.S. Census Bureau in 2010 when the latest census was taken. Common sense tells us that when a person applies an address on a census form giving a city of address, with that ZIP code, it is likely the household was credited to the city stated thereon.

My concern is indelibly strong to right this wrong, and assure that all Radcliff residents have a Radcliff address, with Radcliff ZIP code. The current procedure has been in place far too long, and requires a change as soon as possible. If you feel as I do on this matter, I ask that you voice your opinion. I hope all Radcliff residents respect and share my values in this matter.

Don Shaw
Radcliff City Councilman