Damron's vicious assault on Moore seems to be an overreaction and a warning to all who would challenge the status quo. Maybe this is the strongest argument we have that change is needed.
E. Dean Cook, Wilmore
Bob Damron is the right man for the job
To the editor,
I would like to respond to a letter in last week's paper about Rep. Bob Damron.
I don't know who he is going to vote for, nor do I care, but I know that when I had a problem with 18-wheeler gas trucks running through my neighborhood, all it took was one phone call to Bob, and he looked it up and found out it is illegal for them to be coming through a neighborhood.
He called me and told me about it and gave me the information I needed to get it stopped. When they wanted to raise the tax on cigarettes, I called and told him I was not for the tax hike, and again he called me back. Bob Damron is the man for the job, and that is why I will be voting for him.
On the other hand when I called Chris Moore to come to my house to talk about all the gas trucks passing my house he said there was no law saying they couldn't, when in fact there are laws against it. When asked what he could do about the cars speeding down the street, he told me he would have a stop sign up in two weeks and shook my hand. That was October 2007; it is now September 2008, and nothing has changed.
Chris might be a good person, but he needs to stay here with the good old boys and sell his paint.
Mike Vaughn, Nicholasville
Damron has the community at heart
To the editor,
I am writing in support of Bob Damron. Damron is an active member of the community and has represented the interests of the community well.
He takes the time and initiative to find out the facts before making decisions. His interactions with community members are respectful and thoughtful as opposed to Chris Moore who seems to think that representative means pursuing his own agenda.
Chris Moore either lacks the initiative to find out the facts or has decided that school yard bullying to get what he wants is acceptable behavior. Bob Damron deserves to continue as state representative.
Nancy Mitchell, Nicholasville
Clearing the air on Nicholasville Now audit
To the editor,
There is a lot of disinformation circulating in the community about the first ever audit of Nicholasville Now. So, I want everyone to be clear on how, why and when the audit came about. The audit represented a financial triumph for the organization because it meant Nicholasville Now could stand on its own financial feet.
When I took over as president of Nicholasville Now in January of 2005, Nicholasville Now did not have sufficient funds to conduct basic operations. The group couldn't afford to pay $100 month in rent to the Chamber of Commerce.
Through the hard work of Carola Hartley, the Executive Director of Nicholasville Now, and literally hundreds of citizens of Jessamine County, we were able to turn the financial fortunes of our hometown main street program around, within two years. We did this while earning a perfect score from experts on downtown revitalization programs.
In my final year as president, Nicholasville Now was able to pay its operating costs, and afford the $2,500 necessary for a one year audit. Contrary to what some people might believe, professional audits are not free. Nor are they cheap, when your entire annual budget is around $80,000.
In June, 2007 the Board of Directors of Nicholasville Now voted to authorize its first ever audit. The board took the action on its own initiative. No one asked nor demanded that we conduct an audit.
The audit was delayed while a group of volunteers worked on hiring a new director and kept the core operations of Nicholasville Now functioning. Problems with finding all the financial records toward the end of December, 2007, after we had finally hired our new director, lead to the audit being postponed until 2008.
The result of the audit is that the new board can move forward with confidence, and the citizens of Jessamine County can rest assured that their money was properly accounted for.
If you have further questions please feel free to contact me directly.
Brian T. Goettl, Jessamine County Attorney