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Democratic race

Editor, The Sun:

The unfortunate events of the last Democrat presidential primary are set to repeat here in Kentucky in the 6th Congressional District. Andy Barr is the current office holder and is likely to win the overall race, but there are at least four challengers on the other side.

What makes the Democrat’s race noteworthy is there were three candidates announced relatively early with one of those receiving large amounts of out-of-state money indicating folks such as West Coast liberals had found a female challenger they felt strong enough about to support. There’s also a local state senator who’s well known in the Lexington/Fayette Co. area and he’s been campaigning hard the old-fashioned way.

So this should fill all the niches for possible opposition right? Wrong. Apparently National Democrats have decided that the Kentucky Democrat Party doesn’t know what it’s doing in fielding this reasonable assortment of challengers and has parachuted in a millionaire whom they have promised even more millions to. This is exactly the strategy they used to fix the race for Hillary Clinton in the Democrat primary for president, angering millions of Bernie Sanders supporters.

The question is will Kentucky Democrats let them get away with that again?

Bill Marshall Midway

A sad day

Editor, The Sun:

It’s been sad these last several weeks realizing that our Kmart is taking its last breath in our town. Kmart has served our community well, providing a variety of items from clothing, toys, hardware, garden supplies, on and on. For many years, the store provided coats and shoes at reduced prices for the Woman’s Club to distribute for children in need and our church helped wrap Christmas gifts there for several seasons. This has truly been a community store and its presence will be truly missed by so many in our neighborhood. Our hope is that the many employees will be able to find comparable employment locally.

Henry Duncan Versailles

New high school

Editor, The Sun:

It now appears inevitable that we will have a new high school and associated tax. I care deeply about our schools and have great respect for the opinions of many who have spoken out in favor of building a new school. However, a new building will not necessarily improve the quality of education in our county, and I’m concerned about it as part of a growing culture of “use ‘em up and move on,” reflected, for instance, in the case of Kroger - two new Krogers built in Versailles in my memory, with the old buildings and shopping centers left behind. A more painful example is the lovely old middle school - originally also a high school - recently demolished and long ago abandoned without a clear plan for its future. I drove by as the building was being demolished with the gold curtains from the auditorium flapping in the wind. There was talk of saving the old middle school, but it came far too late. Now, the residents of our historic district may find their homes devalued. The way this school building was handled and mishandled gives me concern about the fate of the current high school.

Preservation of our schools is an important part of preserving our local heritage. But, preservation is made possible through sustained and careful maintenance. The high school on “Yellow Jacket Drive” is a part of our local history. I taught there between 1999 and 2009, and

I’m familiar with the building, its strengths and limitations. I loved WCHS and worked there with students and colleagues among the finest people I’ve known. However, even when I arrived in 1999, maintenance was not prioritized. We were always “going to get a new building.” As repairs were denied, the costs of delayed upgrades, of course, mounted, making rebuilding seem the better or only option.

If we build a new high school, I hope we will not think of it as a temporary school, even a “fifty year school,” as seems to have been done.

If we must rebuild, let’s build a school to last, one where former students can walk the halls with their children, or grandchildren, and remember their own high school days. Let’s make equally sure to work out the fate of the old school and not just leave it sitting empty.

Sue Churchill Versailles

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