Letters to the Editor, April 4, 2012

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Why can’t schools plan for off days?

I don't understand why every year the school system in Shelby County has to contend with the same problem of coming up with a plan to make up snow days and changing the date of graduation. Wouldn't it make it easier for everyone involved if there were some make-up days built into the calendar at the beginning of the year?

This is Kentucky, for crying out loud. It's nearly a guarantee that there will be a minimum of one missed day for some catastrophe, be it tornado damage, snow, ice storm, flooding or something else unforeseen.

Why can't we designate days like Jan. 2 or Martin Luther King Day or Presidents Day or other useless off days for make-up days? If no school has been missed, then schools can be closed for those days, otherwise, school will be in session.

Why can't school be held on May 22 of this year instead of going to school on a Saturday or going on June 4? I doubt that many of the kids need to miss a day to go vote and school staff has plenty of time to go vote before and after school.

If a plan like this can't be accomplished, then why don't they schedule graduation for at least 10 days following the last day of the anticipated school year? That way, if days have to be added at the end, then chances are good that graduation day can remain the same.

It seems to me that either of these solutions is better than the current situation. I can see where it would be a hardship for many people when graduation day is changed this late in the school year, especially for those who have family traveling from a distance for the occasion and have already made arrangements.

To me, this whole problem could easily be remedied with a little planning and forethought.

Dawn Barrett



Why credit checks?

With respects of what use to be the United States of America, I would like to ask, “What the hell gives!” Since when do we borrow money from a car insurance company? So what right do insurance companies have to have your credit checked? Really, is it a loan company, a bank or a credit institution? I think not. All this is flat out “fraud.”
How else could you justify “rates” by credit check except to increase profits? I would like a response to this. This is not Jack Conway’s job, but it is in the respect that it is “intrusive.” What if Kroger, Walmart or anyone else decided to do check credit for purchases? People couldn’t afford to buy food or clothes.

Edgar Oliveras



Bagdad to honor vets

On May 12, Bagdad Days, a community event sponsored by Bagdad Baptist Church, will be celebrating 20 years. As part of this celebration, the community will pay special honor to those Kentuckians who have served in military combat for our country. The Bagdad Days parade at 10 a.m. will showcase all active and veteran military personnel from World War II, Cold War, Korean War, Vietnam War, Iran-Iraq War, Gulf War and War on Terror.

We invite all past and present veterans of military combat to be recognized as a “hero.” If you are interested in being a part of the Bagdad Days parade, please contact Jeanna Foster at 502-633-9444.

In addition to the military recognition several other activities are planned, including a community quilt show starting at 9 a.m. If you have a personal quilt or quilt made by a deceased relative with connection to the Bagdad community and would like to display it, please contact Kathy Marion at 502-220-3999.

We look forward to celebrating 20 years of Bagdad Days with the community.

Jeanna Foster