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Letters to the editor - 3.17

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By The Staff

Caleb’s family grateful for support

To the editor:

Once again, our community has opened its heart and wallets to support a family in crisis. I am amazed by the outpouring of support and encouragement Caleb Pack and his family have received from Anderson County citizens and from numerous other communities. Caleb is one of our precious students at Robert B. Turner Elementary School who has been in critical condition due to very serious medical conditions since Jan. 13. He remains at Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville.

There are not enough words to thank everyone who has donated financially, as well as giving of their time. A huge thank you goes to Russell Schweighardt who heard of Caleb’s story and worked hours and hours putting together a SWA wrestling benefit for Caleb’s family. Mr. Schweighardt tirelessly contacted local individuals and businesses for sponsorship of the event. Thank you to each and every one of those sponsors for your generosity. Several local wrestlers and others from surrounding counties gave of their time to support the Pack family. Thank you, for your caring hearts. Every penny that was raised from the wrestling benefit went to the family. The Anderson News generously donated advertising space of the event, and coverage of Caleb’s story has been great. Ben Carlson and Shannon Brock deserve a big thank you.

I have been blessed to be a part of Turner Elementary the last eight years. Very sadly, we have lost two of our precious angels in the last two years, and now, another is critically ill. I am so grateful for our students’, parents’ and faculty’s hearts, as we have been touched by their generosity in yet, another tragedy. Even with the bad economy and many families hurting, many have reached out to the Packs.

The Packs are very grateful for all the support, encouragement and prayers for Caleb. You can follow Caleb’s story at www.caringbridge.org. When you get to the website enter calebpack in the “Visit a Website” box.

There are many things I love about Anderson County. I have lived here 25 years and although Louisville is my birthplace, Lawrenceburg is my home. I am proud to be part of a community that always steps up and supports those in need in times of crisis. Thank you for your big hearts.

Lynne Gritton

School Counselor

Robert B. Turner Elementary

Burkhead as sheriff would be ‘boost’ to Anderson County

To the editor:

I was honored to be invited to the recent Rex Burkhead campaign event at the American Legion Hall in Lawrenceburg.

The size of the crowd in attendance was far greater than I expected. The size of the event was as if it were a fundraiser for a major statewide candidate and the enthusiasm and involvement were far greater than I have ever seen at any of the campaign events that I have attended.

Rex Burkhead’s concept of community involvement in the conduct of the duties of the office of sheriff is excellent. His commitment to community involvement, coupled with his background and professional training in law enforcement, will ensure a successful term in public office.

I have never seen a candidate sing at a political event, but hearing Rex that night was a real pleasure; he certainly knows how to engage a crowd.

I believe it will be a real boost to the Anderson County community to have both a sheriff and deputy sheriff with a strong background in law enforcement and Burkhead and John Giles certainly have dedicated a majority of their professional careers pursuing the finer tenets of law enforcement.

Pete Nemeth Jr.

Pee Wee Valley

Support for Burkhead

To the editor:

Although I am not from Anderson County, I have spent many memorable times there over the years and consider several residents of Anderson County very close friends.

On the evening of Feb. 26 I was invited to attend the fish fry at the American Legion Hall.

I did not know Rex Burkhead before I went, but I found out quickly that evening what kind of man he was, even before I had the opportunity to meet him in person. When the hall had filled and things were just about ready to begin. Rex Burkhead went to the front of the room, hushed the crowd, and asked that we all bow our heads in a moment of prayer.

After blessing the food, we ate, had some social time and listened to some good music. I watched as Rex and his running mate, John Giles, greeted nearly every person in the room making sure they did not miss anyone.

They were genuine, and appeared to command the respect of all who attended. Later, they addressed the group in a positive and upbeat fashion.

They introduced others running for local office and never spoke negatively about their opposition. I have attended many campaign functions at all levels and have rarely seen the level of support shown at this event.

I quickly developed a respect for Rex and John that came not from what they said they were going to do, but how they conducted themselves as a whole.

I am certain that given the opportunity to serve the people of Anderson County as the next sheriff’s administration, they will be a very qualified and caring team that will take the staff that is currently in place and serve you well.

Charles C. Schimpeler

Shelbyville