County resident wants in on alcohol vote
As a resident of Barren County with a Glasgow mailing address, I feel that the latest, partially wet, petition drive for signatures should include all the folks like us.
Previous attempts to pass such legislation have made it only for Glasgow residents. This is totally discriminatory and nearsighted. Where else can us folks that live outside the city limits go to eat, shop or do just about anything else that matters?
Let all residents with a Glasgow mailing address be eligible to sign any petition and vote on any referendum pertaining to limited alcohol sales. We have lived from coast to coast and border to border and this is our first dry county of residence. The hypocrisy of it is staggering. We have never picked up as many beer bottles anywhere in the USA than we do in our front yard.
The doom and gloomers predicting Armageddon if you can have a drink with dinner will never have their mindset changed. It is, however, time to change the status quo in Glasgow to allow decent restaurants to come here and thrive.
Does anyone see Bowling Green being rampant with evil due to alcohol sales? I think not. The place is booming.
Lets get with the 21st century around here.
Bob and Doris Olinick
Writer yearns for civility in Cave City
I have proudly owned my business for 27 years in Cave City. At the beginning I was welcomed by the city, the Chamber and the good citizens of this town and I continue to enjoy making my home here.
Now it appears we have a group of people that are trying to hold our local government hostage. Our mayor and his staff along with the fire, police and maintenance department must feel like the early Christians when they were persecuted by Saul, whose only wish was to destroy them and all they had done.
You can look around and see the progress our small town has made. Our convention center hosts proms, weddings, gospel groups, corporate meetings and other gatherings. We have sidewalks around the interstate exchange area that are used by tourists and citizens alike. New businesses have located here due to the efforts of the mayor and the previous city councils. But, what will happen now? The home of the largest tourist attraction in Kentucky is quickly becoming the laughingstock of the state.
People and corporations have invested large sums of money in this area. Families can come here and enjoy dinosaurs, chairlifts and old western gunfights besides our natural cave systems. These investments in turn generate funds for the city to furnish needed services and provide a good life for its citizens.
The issues that face small towns across America are prevalent here: unemployment, our youth leaving for greener pastures, the scourge of methamphetamine abuse, our shrinking tax base and our aging population are just a few. Our local government can’t focus on these problems because they spend their time looking for old logs of phone calls.
I want Cave City to return to its roots of civility, charity and neighborliness. I would encourage our council to work together instead of against each other to solve our problems before they become unsolvable. Like Saul on the road to Damascus, I want our local government to let the scales fall from their eyes and stop this persecution of the citizens of Cave City.
Glen D. Bray
Drivers offer thanks for fundraising event
We want to thank each of you who contributed in some way to a successful event, Singing for Scholarships, on June 23. The money raised will go to a senior from Barren County High School and Glasgow High School each spring who will seek a bachelor of science degree in education.
Thanks to Peggy Greer, Becky Loyd, Mabel Birge, Lawrence Bartley, Betty Wright, Janet Broady, Ruth Ann Wyatt and Buck Brown for serving on The Temple Hill Class of 1959 planning committee for this event.
Thanks to all the bands for donating their time: Oak Forest Boys, Long Creek Bluegrass, Pride and Joy, Robbie Jones and The Kentucky Gentleman, Steel Country and Temple Trio. They all did a fantastic job.
We want to thank the Barren County Board of Education for the use of the BCHS auditorium. Thanks to Keith Hale, an outstanding leader, for BCHS. We appreciate Terri Fields, English teacher at BCHS, for donating her time. Thanks to Dave Burris at BCHS for his support.
Thanks to Commonwealth Broadcasting, WCLU, WGGC, WHSX, WLOC, WLYE, WTKY, South Central Rural Cable, Glasgow Electric Plant Board, Glasgow Daily Times and Barren County Progress for the advertising.
Thanks to everyone who donated items for the cake auction and the concessions: Houchens Industries, Food Lion, Shawn Bertram (chips), Tony Houchens with Coca-Cola for drinks and banners and Shell Station on Columbia Avenue.
We want to thank these special people: Stanley Greer for being master of ceremonies; Margie White and Mary Ann Nunn, Bobby’s sisters, for their hard work and dedication to the scholarship fund; Robbie Jones setting up the sound system; Tim Durham doing a great job serving as the auctioneer for the bake sale; Jonita Shives, Lisa White, Misty and Ethan Driver for their service; Cindy Wilson, teacher at Temple Hill, for designing the picture boards of Bobby; Diana Hatcher for designing the tickets and the flyers; Marshell Broady, Billy Wright and Clifton Loyd, helping with the cake auction. The two beautiful plants we used from Green Leaf Nursery.
Most of all, we thank each person who attended the event, supported the cake sale, concession stand and the many donations.
The Bobby Driver Memorial Scholarship Fund Board of Directors
Brian Driver, president
Owen Lambert, vice president
Misty Driver, Secretary
Betty Driver, Treasurer
Cindy (Gumm) Green and
Becky (Smith) Kingery
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