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School board should learn from others
What’s wrong with this picture?
Judge-Executive Harry Berry and the Hardin County Fiscal Court did not raise our property taxes. The mayors and city councils of Elizabethtown and Radcliff did not raise our property taxes.
On the other hand, the Hardin County and Elizabethtown Independent School boards did vote for and raised property taxes. Seeing as how approximately 70 percent or more of our property tax liability goes to the school districts, this is very disturbing to me.
What’s wrong with this picture? It appears to me that our local elected government officials are doing a much better job of managing our hard-earned tax dollars than our local school boards.
It’s time taxpayers urged the school board to stop the incessant spending and the ever increasing tax burden on Hardin County. Urge them by mail, telephone or in person to spend our tax dollars only on absolute necessities, not things that are nice to have, such as some of the palaces that have been constructed over the past few years. I have yet to see a building that has taught one child a thing. Trim some of the fat. Do a little more with a little less. The rest of us have had to do that. Pay off completely more of your debt for construction costs and school buildings before incurring more debt. That’s just basic sound financial management.
If these superintendents and school board members can’t do that, then maybe it’s time they are replaced and we elect people with better financial management skills who show some concern for the local taxpayer. It seems that many of the current group we have just look at us as a never-ending source of new spending money.
Les Miserables at the PAC
My family and I were in attendance for the first performance of “Les Miserables” at the Hardin County Schools Performing Arts Center last Friday evening. In my opinion, the production was first-rate in every respect.
The casting was spot-on, performances superb and the sets, lighting and sound were nearly flawless. The musical score is performed live and the orchestra does a magnificent job. Their performance alone would be worth the price of admission. Everyone associated with the show should be very proud of themselves.
This is a unique opportunity to see a top-notch show that is one of the most popular and longest running musicals in history. The show is great and the cost is reasonable.
There are three more performances this weekend. If you’ve ever considered taking in a show at the PAC but have been waiting for the “right one,” this could very well be it. Take a chance — go see it.
Sometimes it’s about the art
Though I respect and will defend Ike Boutwell’s right to make decisions for himself and his business, when I buy a ticket to see “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” at the State Theater, it won’t be to make a political statement as suggested by Larry Hall.
The point of this 246-minute movie is to tell the story — Hollywood style — of White House butler Eugene Allen and his family. Period.
The point is not the 3-minute (I hear) portrayal of Nancy Regan by Jane Fonda. The movie is full of wonderful stars — Forest Whitaker, Robin Williams, Oprah Winfrey, Cuba Gooding Jr., Terrence Howard, Alan Rickman, John Cusack, James Marsden, Minka Kelly, David Oyelowo, Alex Pettyfer, Alex Manette, Mariah Carey, Lenny Kravitz and Vanessa Redgrave, to name a few — who, according to interviews with director Lee Daniels, came to do the movie for lower salaries because they were supportive of the project.
I am looking forward to seeing their work.