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Letters to the editor - 4.28

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By The Staff

Taxpayers shouldn’t have to foot the bill for ‘new’ county government offices

To the editor:

If county government’s intention of taking over the old Countryside Motors facility is in fact just rumor, our county officials now have good reason to call you out on it for your editorial. But if it is not, I believe a good number of our citizens may share my sentiments as follows:

When I moved back to Lawrenceburg in 1992, county government was packed into an old and outdated courthouse. New facilities were desperately needed, and some offices still need modernization or some degree of expansion or both.

Now, in not too many years, there is talk of a second generation. However, this potential expansion appears to be based more on availability than need.

The paper is full these days of county government’s financial woes. We can’t (or won’t) pay for updating a comprehensive plan that is required by law, although its cost is a small price to pay for the benefit to be gained. And while there are few tax paying commercial interests lining up to move into such a facility in our county, your point is well made that we can’t bring them here if there’s no place to put them.

We’ve had a car dealership for many years, and it seems early to throw in that towel and hope someone will want to build one from the ground up.

The larger point is that we will have to pay for this new facility. I fear that the fiscal court will understand that these facilities cannot be financed through higher property taxes, and that an occupational tax will again be proposed. We’ve been down this road before, and the public’s sentiment is well known.

If this is truly rumor, Judge Cornish and the fiscal court can debunk it now. If not, the timing couldn’t be better. We can begin the debate in these last days before the primary, and continue it right through to the general election. Then the voters can decide.

David P. Nutgrass

Lawrenceburg

Conway right not to campaign at Little League event

To the editor:

Most of you know the Little League opening day was Saturday. I would like to express my sincere gratitude for everyone who has been kind enough to donate money and time to put on this event.

The newly formed team called the Challengers was the first to take the field.

I have a daughter who is on this team and I can’t tell you how much all of the children have been enjoying getting to play the game.

I was also surprised that day, twice, by the same person. That person was John Wayne Conway. I had told him he ought to come and watch Georgia Bell play ball that day, and he told me he would try.

I really didn’t think he would have time, so imagine my surprise when I turned and there he stood beside me, watching there at the fence.

I asked him if he had come to set up and campaign. My other surprise was when he said, no, that he thought this was a day for the kids. I really respected that, and felt I wanted to share it.

Tracy Michelle Barnett

Lawrenceburg

Why vote for change at sheriff?

To the editor:

We decided to make Anderson County our home three years ago and are so glad we did.

We are writing this letter to ask you and all of our fellow Anderson County citizens to join us in keeping Sheriff Troy Young for another term.

Sheriff Young is a shining example of what the people in this county expect from their sheriff, especially where our young people are concerned. It is so comforting to know that our sheriff is constantly teaching our kids about the dangers of illegal drugs and teaming up with the state police to find and destroy pot patches in the county. He also has started teaching the young ladies in our schools and community how to defend themselves against attack from predators. And all of this, the sheriff’s office does at no charge to the participants.

Sheriff Young truly is devoted to the people of this county. He goes above and beyond every day. Now why would we want to change that? Please join us in voting Sheriff Troy Young another term on May 18.

Darrell and Shirley Bunch

Lawrenceburg

Retired Anderson County sheriff supports Young

To the editor:

I am writing this letter in support of Troy Young for Sheriff of Anderson County.

Troy and I worked together through the ‘90s and up to 2005. We were deputies until I became sheriff in 1998. During that time I saw the dedication, honesty, integrity and excellent work ethic of Troy.

Upon my becoming sheriff I wanted a well-qualified, well-trained, honest and hard working chief deputy to assist me and take charge when I was out of the county. I found that person in Troy Young. Troy had all the traits I was looking for.

Troy has served the citizens of Anderson County and the office of sheriff with distinction and honor as well as honesty and dedication for many years. He has advanced law enforcement and citizen services in many areas. He has obtained thousands of dollars in state and federal grants to help Anderson County. He helped start the DARE program in our schools to warn students of the dangers of drugs. He started the DARE fishing derby for our youth, to instill in them the love of the outdoors in lieu of drugs.

He has set up programs in neighborhood watch to help citizens protect themselves. He has conducted programs for senior citizens to warn against scams and scam artists who prey on the elderly. He started the first 24-hour, 7-day a week police patrol in Anderson County to serve the rural areas of the county. Prior to this, there were many nights when no police were out in the county except city officers.

When you look at the entire department you see honest, well-trained, dedicated and hard working people. All the staff works to serve the people of Anderson County in the best way possible. The office is being led by a dedicated leader in Troy Young. His goal is to protect and serve all who live in, visit or pass through Anderson County.

He has brought the sheriff’s department into the 21st century through technology, training, professionalism and good old hard work, dedication and common sense.

I urge you to vote for Troy Young on May 18. Keep a proven leader as our sheriff.

Jim Evans

Retired Sheriff of Anderson County

Sheriff’s office thanked for assistance

To the editor:

The Woodford County Sheriff’s Office would like to publicly thank Sheriff Troy Young and the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance on April 15 when a manhunt was being conducted for an escaped federal fugitive.

The Grayson County Detention Center was transporting 10 high-risk federal prisoners through Woodford County. Upon exiting the Bluegrass Parkway at KY 33 in Woodford County, convicted murderer Derek Capozzi escaped from the transport vehicle.

Capozzi ran from the vehicle into a field which backs up to two elementary schools in the area. As you can imagine, all law enforcement personnel converged on the area and set up roadblocks.

As searches were being conducted for Mr. Capozzi, I contacted Sheriff Young who responded without hesitation. His deputies set up checkpoints at our middle school and other elementary schools. Sheriff Young and his deputies provided additional security for the school system since all schools in the district were on lock down. They even assisted in searching for the escapee.

As officers became fatigued, Sheriff Young offered his deputies as relief so the manhunt could continue.

I want to express my sincere appreciation to Sheriff Young and his office for their professionalism while answering my call for assistance.

Wayne “Tiny” Wright

Woodford County Sheriff

Burkhead easy answer for sheriff

To the editor:

A question during last week’s debate asked candidates to identify a personal trait that makes them the better-qualified person to become Anderson County’s next sheriff. That one is easily answered.

Police officers rely heavily on technology and visibility in busy traffic areas in hopes of deterring criminal behavior. They work primarily from a cruiser and in high profile areas. A Fish and Wildlife enforcement officer using that same approach is condemned to fail.

Throughout his successful Fish and Wildlife law enforcement career, Rex Burkhead often found his work happening far away from the roadways, in the middle of the night, on rough terrain and without backup help. Interrupting armed poachers in these places doesn’t happen by accident or by cruising the open roads. Rex had help.

Rex’s honest, daily interactions with people built deep trusts and relationships that could not be formed from inside a cruiser. He became an integral part of everyday community life. He took an interest. He knew families’ histories – parents, grandparents, and children. Life-long friendships developed. Poaching declined and the people prospered.

I worked along side Rex many times. People respect him. Rex supervised officers in six counties and succeeded in law enforcement because he is an honest man who put people first. They recognized this and supported his efforts to make their community better.

Anderson County residents deserve a sheriff with this approach to law enforcement. Anderson County deserves Rex Burkhead.

David C. Casey

Colonel, Major, Retired

Law Enforcement, Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife

Burkhead will ‘give his all’ as sheriff

To the editor:

I’m Larry Giles and I’m a law enforcement veteran of more than 35 years. I retired after a full career with the Kentucky State Police and then again after a second career as a major and assistant director in the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Division of Law Enforcement.

Early on in my career, I also served as an officer with the Lawrenceburg and Versailles city police departments. I’m a Lawrenceburg native and currently serving my fifth term on the Lawrenceburg City Council.

I inherited my sense of duty to public service from my father, the late John W. Giles, who served several terms on the City Council and two terms as mayor of Lawrenceburg. Now, because my son, John W. Giles, who is also a 20-year law enforcement veteran of the Kentucky State Police, is involved in this election process with Rex Burkhead, I feel compelled, as a father, to say my piece in their regard.

It is from the foregoing perspectives that I endorse Rex Burkhead to become Anderson County’s next sheriff. I do not offer this endorsement lightly. I was there at the outset of his career, watched him graduate from the academy at EKU and continued to watch his progression to this point in his life. I know first hand that Rex has earned this endorsement.

Rex recently retired after an exceptional 20-year law enforcement career. He was the first park ranger at Taylorsville Lake State Park when the new lake was impounded. He later joined the Department Fish and Wildlife and returned to Anderson County as its conservation officer. Under his watch, our deer herd and wild turkey flock blossomed.

As a fish and wildlife law enforcement officer in Anderson County, Rex responded to people’s needs. He navigated dangerous floodwaters on multiple occasions and evacuated stranded people. When other disasters struck, Rex and his squad responded. He supervised officers across a six-county area. He rescued lost youth and elderly hunters, supervised deadly accident scenes, comforted grieving families and yes, even interacted and taught youngsters in school.  And that’s simply what Rex calls “community service.”

While Rex is a big specimen of a man, I personally know him to be a fine, caring, kindhearted individual that will truly give his all for the people of Anderson County. Folks, that’s the kind of heart and man we need as our sheriff.

Rex Burkhead’s candidacy for sheriff gives this county an exceptional opportunity to seriously upgrade its sheriff’s office and its approach to community service. We have a unique opportunity to grow our sheriff’s office beyond what most of us ever imagined.  We need his way of thinking. We need to elect Rex Burkhead as our next sheriff.

Larry Giles

Lawrenceburg