Nov. 8, 2013: Our readers write

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Robert Coleman, Scott Kennedy

‘Where’s the beef?’

Reading last week’s headline article about Bill Bennett’s campaign violations made me feel like asking, “Where’s the beef?”

Sounded like some very petty charges to me. I believe this was done more to discredit Mr. Bennett and to discourage him from considering a run for mayor in the future than any wrongdoing by him.

Mr. Bennett and Mr. Fulkerson are worlds apart on issues such as reclassification of a fourth-class city to second-class status and repealing the restaurant tax.

I remind readers that four people, Councilmen Fulkerson, Bishop, Lewis and former Mayor David Willmoth stood against the change of status from fourth-class to second-class. They also imposed a tax on food bought in restaurants to help pay the bond on money borrowed to build the Elizabethtown Sports Park.

While their efforts might have been done with good intentions, the fact is that by a slim 4-3 vote they shoved this tax down our throats with no true voice of the people. They did this because they could by law, not because they should. 

The greatest threat to those who like to control things, is the voice of those like Bill Bennett and others who want the people to decide whether it’s wise to impose a tax on food, when they eat out. These leaders who are in control don’t want this town to be reclassified because then the people could decide by vote whether or not to undertake such an effort.

This tax will last past my lifetime for sure and it will be here for my grandkids to pay. Of course it’s most likely too late to stop the tax now but it’s never to late to correct the path of city government.

This town is too big to be run like a fourth-class city and leaders need to find a way to include more input from its residents. This city needs more Bill Bennetts and less of those who spend their time trying to malign those with whom they disagree and petty arguments about campaign signs.

Robert Coleman

Callous act of indifference

This past Saturday, at 1:30 p.m. at the intersection of Ky. 1600 and Johnstown Road, I witnessed a vivid example of how callous and uncaring people are becoming in a country that’s getting further and further from the Godly values that made us great.

A dog had wandered out of a ravine near this intersection into oncoming traffic. First a northbound car slowed to let him pass, then a southbound SUV stopped to avoid hitting him. About 100 yards back, a flat black older sedan had slowed, but when the SUV left he sped up, with the bewildered dog still in the middle of the road. As the dog moved into his path, he hit him full speed on the dogs right side, never even attempting to stop and check on the dog.

The dog struggled to his feet, and staggered to the side of the road, where he then collapsed. I called 911, and was told animal control would be out. After about 10-15 minutes of labored breathing, his breaths became shorter, and then he died.

This was not just some vagrant dog, but someone’s faithful and loving companion, as evidenced by the chain on his neck. A dog’s love for his owner/family is unconditional, and I’m sure he will be sorely missed. He deserved better — he did not need to die this day. To the owner of the black sedan who never slowed or stopped, I’ll pray for your soul. It’s hard to judge someone by one isolated incident, but this one is very telling. Your total disregard for the life of one of God’s creations speaks volumes about your callous heart. May God have mercy on you.

Scott Kennedy