Letters to the Editor
School tax debate healthy
Editor, The Sun: There has been much hand-wringing over the divisiveness of the recent school-tax vote and its alleged harm to Woodford County. I take the opposite view. There is nothing healthier for a community than a free and open exchange of ideas, and nothing healthier than the opportunity to participate directly in our democracy. Other than an annual trip to the voting booth (which most citizens don’t bother to do) the overwhelming majority of us don’t take an active role in helping shape the decisions that affect us.
To that end, I’d like to thank the people who gave us the opportunity to vote on the proposed tax by circulating petitions and congratulate the citizens who signed those petitions and caused a vote to be taken. To my thinking, we should have the ability to vote on more critical decisions, such as development issues that require zone changes and thus have the ability to change the nature of our community.
Participation is a healthy thing.
The high school I attended in Westbury, New York, was built in 1958. I return to my hometown once or twice a year and have recently attended events such as reunions and basketball games at the school. It is a vibrant, well-maintained building that receives regular facility upgrades. There is no talk of, and no need for, a replacement.
Concerning Woodford County’s school board, which spent a reported $70,000 of taxpayer money to hold an unnecessary special election; which hired an attorney in an attempt to undermine the will of the people who signed petitions for an opportunity to vote; which spent thousands more taxpayer dollars on an advertising/marketing campaign to try and increase taxes against the will of half the community; and which allegedly stopped doing business with store owners who had the audacity to allow citizens to sign petitions and gain the right to vote: on the off chance such a school board would have deferred maintenance on the existing high school in an effort to further its goal of building a new one, I would humbly suggest it fix the air-conditioning system, roof, and do any other repairs and facility upgrades necessary to make the existing high school the best it can be.
From Table to Streets
Editor, The Sun:
The Woodford County Community Fund is excited to invite everyone to an event we are calling: “From the Table to the Streets!” This is a follow-up to the On The Table conversations March 28 at the Life Adventure Center, when over 180 residents participated in open and respectful discussions about ways to improve our county.
On The Table is a national initiative supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and launched in our region by Blue Grass Community Foundation. Last March, over 13,150 participants gathered around tables throughout Woodford, Fayette, Clark, and Franklin counties to have friendly, civil conversations about their communities and what they can do to make them better.
But now, the time for talk is over. This is the time to act to address the interests and concerns you have identified.
This week, on any of the following dates and times, come and hear what you told us. Then you can sit with others who share your interests to develop ways to respond with an action grant proposal. In October, the best grant proposals will be presented to the community.
Woodford County residents attending this meeting will then vote for five proposals to receive funding. There will be at least one grant of $10,000 and four grants of $2,500 to help transform our dreams into reality.
Thursday, July 12, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Versailles Presbyterian Church (VPC) on Main Street.
Friday, July 13, at VPC (two sessions) from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 14, from 10 a.m. to noon at Troy Presbyterian Church in Troy.
Thursday, August 16, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at a location to be determined.
A final session will be presented in August with time and location to be determined later.
Light refreshments will be available at each session.
One of the themes that emerged from On The Table discussion is that it is time to stop talking and start acting! Over the last 10 to 15 years, there have been many studies of this county. But typically, we file the study away and say, “Well, maybe sometime we can act on this information.” This year, that changes. Are you with us? If so, then together we can become the change we desire!
Woodford County Community Fund Member