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Opinion

  • Say ‘Happy Birthday’ to Grayson County by voting NO

    Be a grateful, happy citizen, let it show!

    Arise and take your stand,

    For Christ your family and your fellowman.

    The time is near to take a tri to the polls

    Will you vote yes, will you vote no.

    Decisions, choices, right, wrong, good, bad, dry, wet

    Think it thru; don’t decide something you could regret.

    Ultimately, God is in control; so let him be

    We’re only here awhile before going to eternity

    So do it right, while you’re here

  • Damp, no way. Look at all the people that have been hurt and killed by drunken drivers already and we’re a dry county. How many people have been hurt and killed by booze in this county for people to realize it’s crazy to vote for it to be damp? It makes it much easier to enable drunks.

    Our leaders of the county are smart enough to think of better ideas and jobs for Grayson County to grow instead of bringing it down. This will only hurt our children and our grandchildren.

  • I’ve lived in the Rough River area ever since I retired from teaching at the University of Louisville in 1994. I’ve never voiced my opinion in our local newspaper before, but I thought it was time to do so. During my life, I learned many years ago that lack of knowledge could lead me to wrong conclusions. One thing that is even more dangerous than what I do not know is what I believe I know that turns out to be wrong. I expect that we have all had the experience of finding out too late that something we strongly believed was not true.

  • We are writing this letter concerning the March 23 vote on the moist issue. We are 100 percent AGAINST the restaurants serving alcohol! Unfortunately, we don’t have a vote in this election because we don’t live in the city limits, BUT we do have a voice to encourage those that can vote to VOTE NO!

    We owned ABC Supply on West White Oak Street by City Hall for 30 years and if we were still in business there, you can be sure that a Vote No sign would be there!

  • My husband and I moved to Leitchfield in 1973. We raised our children here and are now retired here. I would challenge any other town of comparable size to equal what we have here. Our hospital is excellent, our police and fire departments are excellent as well. City services and street maintenance are not lacking. Three parks, two walking tracks, good baseball/softball facilities and tennis courts are enjoyed by all.

  • Summer is getting closer and there is still no decision regarding how Grayson County schools will make up eleven snow days. There are several options to consider. Personally, I think extended days would be the best choice among those being considered.

  • If you have a heart for the youth of Grayson County, please remember them also as you make your decision next week.

    With the D.A.R.E. programs being implemented in our elementary schools through the years, law enforcement officers help teach students the dangers and effects of alcohol. Therefore, we as adults, shouldn’t send them a mixed message by showing our approval.

    May God bless and strengthen families and protect our youth so they can live for dreams, not drugs.

    Mary A. McKinney

    Leitchfield

  • I wanted to attempt to answer the questions that Rick Embry proposed in last week’s Letter to the Editor.

    1) How many communities of our same demographics have large chain restaurants? Answer: London, Corbin, Harrodsburg, Kuttawa, Franklin and Burnside are similar to size and population. (Source: Chamber of Commerce at respective cities)

  • On March 23, residents of Leitchfield will vote on an issue that will have an impact on the community for years to come: The issue of the sale of alcohol by the drink in restaurants that seat more than 100 people. I feel that resident should vote no on this issue for many reasons.

  • Cutting out spring break was a hard decision to make but it seems like the best one available. Of course there are students who will miss school during the week because of trips and vacations but that would have been true if the school year had extended further into June.

    Unfortunately, the June extension would have cause more hardships on some seniors who would have had to miss graduation and other ambitious students who would have had high school and college classes overlapping.

  • I am responding to Dr. David Martin’s letter who asked the people of Leitchfield to cast a “yo” vote, meaning to vote yes to real economic growth by voting no to limited 100. This sound nice, but fails to offer any real solution. From where is the “real economic growth” going to come? He eludes, the way I understand it, that industry is the key to growth. I agree with this 100 percent. The problem is that in the last few years industry has been on its way OUT, not IN.

  • We ask residents of Leitchfield to vote “NO” on March 23 about the alcohol issue. We have lived in Louisville and other places that had alcohol readily available and have seen what it can, and does, do to individuals and families. It wrecks lives, marriages, and homes. Its costs are great in the loss of jobs, ruined health, lost lives from accidents and much more.

    Nothing good ever comes from booze. Nor ever will.

  • I hope everyone will vote on March 23. Search your hearts and decide-Do we need more restaurants and will this truly boost our economy? Or will we, the taxpayers, end up with a bigger debt?

    I am all for economic growth but I do not believe this is the answer. Our families and our children deserve better. How about a taxi service seven days a week” a movie theater so our young people don’t have to drive so far to have a date..a miniature golf course that families could enjoy.

  • I am writing in response to the letters written in the past couple of newspapers. Rev. Shartzer is not “sadly misinformed” about the county being dry. Legally, Grayson County is dry. And having a few restaurants selling liquor is not going to help the problem of “liquor sales behind closed doors.” This is a whole other issue that the citizens of the county could help our police force with. Voting the city moist is not going to solve anything. There will still be only a few benefiting from the proceeds.

  • Opponents of Leitchfield’s economic and civic vitality spend a lot of time emphasizing the supposed consequences of legalizing and controlling alcohol sales. Let’s take a more realistic look at what might happen to the character of the community.

  • Wings On a Prayer Inc., a 501-C(3) tax deductible, non-profit organization that provides free horseback riding to individuals with physical, emotional or mental challenges wants to give a big “Thank You”  to all our valuable volunteers of all ages. Volunteers are the people who give at least one hour per week to help out our special riders. The duties may include leading horses, side walking (support riders on horse), setting up arena and creating games/activities for the riders, cleaning stalls, feeding and watering horses, riding and training horses.

  • I am a lifelong resident of Leitchfield. I have seen firsthand how alcohol use can affect families and children growing up. It can leave a lifelong scar on a young person’s life. I have lived 66 years without the sale of alcohol in restaurants and don’t want it now.

  • It has been one year since the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, also known as the Stimulus Bill, was enacted into law. Although all of the funds have not been allocated as of this date, it may be worthwhile to find out how our local area has benefited from this legislation. The Web site Recovery.gov gives information about how, where and for what the funding is being spent. It lists specifics such as names of local organizations and contractors to whom contracts and grants have been given.

  • “I understand where the CAA could misread the KRS law. The statutes are difficult to comprehend, but I wanted the residents of Leitchfield to know that there is a city financial benefit from this election. Although this vote is very personal to every citizen and I respect each person’s decision, they need to understand the facts about the statutes.”

  • Over the past week in Frankfort, the Senate continued its work in many areas of government policy as it passed legislation dealing with jails, health care and education.

    We also continued to keep a close eye on the budget plan being worked on in the House of Representatives.