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Letters to the Editor: Aug. 8, 2012

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Cash for AC unit

 

Our new judicial center cost $18 million to build, so another $100,000 to erect a metal screen to hide its air conditioner is considered to be “very reasonable” (“$100K screen to hide this AC unit,” July 27). The article says the judges all had input into the center’s construction and worked with the architect regarding their courtrooms. Apparently someone finally looked out a window and found the huge air-conditioning unit to be unsightly. The original plan of landscaping to cover/decorate the unit was discarded. It was deemed better to spend $109,000 immediately than wait a few years for a natural cover.

The Administrative Office of the Courts has agreed to pay this “reasonable” cost. Accessible money does not make a project worthy. Just because you can does not mean you should. A number of people, including at least one judge, have doubts about this expenditure, seeing that mandatory furloughs are scheduled for employees in the judicial center for August, September and October in an effort to help balance the state budget.

By the time this letter appears, work will have probably begun, and should be finished in a few weeks. What ever happened to weighing the pros and cons, actually thinking about the consequences or necessity of spending $100,000? Or saving it? Why has this decision been made so quickly? I believe that “spending money” and “responsibility” are inversely related on this project.

Oh well, easy come, easy go. With this attitude, no wonder Kentucky – and our nation – is in debt. I hope we all enjoy driving by the 14-foot metal walls. What a “reasonable” view for all concerned.

Mary Lou (Smith) Madigan

Shelbyville

 

Moving stories

 

After reading two stories that appeared on the front page of The Sentinel-Newson July 27, I was so upset that I had to write this letter. One story was about some of the judges at the new judicial center found the air conditioning unit “unsightly,” so a fence costing $109,197 will be constructed during a time of unwanted “furloughs” to help balance the state’s budget. The second story was about a Simpsonville couple found dead in their apartment after weeks of mail and other notices pilling up at their door. The husband died because his wife who was the caretaker was dead. Can you imagine what kind of death that man faced?

I think it is offensive that a few judges would even consider such an expensive method of hiding an air conditioning unit during a time when people are being asked to take “furlough” days. I am upset that the cost of that fence will be passed on to the taxpayers of Shelbyville. What is wrong with using landscaping to hide the units? Judges, get real!

I am also greatly upset over the lack of concern for the couple in Simpsonville who were struggling with their own problems and people didn’t even notice something was wrong. I wonder if someone had checked on the couple if the husband could have been saved.

We need to be more aware of our neighbors and friends especially those who are elderly or ill. We need to remember that people’s needs during these difficult economic times are more important than a big expensive unnecessary fence.

Deborah Smith

Shelbyville

 

 

A humbling thank-you

 

What a wonderful community! Having never lived in Shelby County, and being an invited guest, I have to say what I saw in this community was truly inspiring. I was in awe of the speed in which parents and businesses networked and rallied together to make sure the kids in the community didn’t miss a single story time. Not a single penny was profited by any business or entity. It was all done from the kindness of parents and strangers selflessly to simply allow those children to be inspired to pick up a book and read. This was nothing to do with an adult Zumba class, senior yoga or an adult learning to line dance. This was all about helping to spark a young mind to generate an eagerness to explore a world of literacy. After all, this is the future.

Regardless of what the future holds for me, I will never be able to repay the community for the outpouring of love and kindness that I have garnered over the past decade. I would like the community to give a special thanks to those who showed what the children truly mean to them. So when you stop by your local Little Caesar’s, Lowe’s, McDonald’s, say thank you to them. And I would like to say thank you to Backyard Bounce for the fun activity and most especially to Apex Industrial Maintenance of Louisville for providing t-shirts and weekly snacks and beverages for the kids and parents on those hot days. So, editor and readers, thank you from the bottom of my heart. This is not goodbye but until we see each other again in whatever capacity that is. I am humbly yours.

Mrs. Sherry (a.k.a. Sherry Bogard)

Mount Eden