Commonwealth Journal


  • ‘Taxation Without Representation’?

    To the Editor:
    I appreciate having a modern library in Somerset, and I believe it is an asset to the entire community. However, I am strongly opposed to the current system of funding which allows unelected officials unfettered authority to tax and to spend without being directly responsible to the voters.

    October 20, 2011

  • Enjoyed Nancy Homecoming

    Dear Editor:
    Every two years Nancy High School holds a homecoming for anyone who attended, worked, or taught at Nancy High. The school closed in 1981.
    On Saturday, October 1, several hundred people braved cool, windy weather and gathered at Pulaski County Park. A number of us travelled hundreds of miles to attend.
    It is a time of remembrance, reflection, recalling dreams and hopes, and renewing acquaintances (catching up on what has been happening in each other's lives-whether it has been two years or over 50 since you last saw each other).
    Thankfully, name tags help avoid embarrassment when you fail to recognize someone you had known well. Occasionally you may meet someone that you had forgotten entirely until your memory was jogged. It may be hours later that your mind puts together who they were and brings back your memories of them.
    Some of the NHS alumni have travelled the world—others have rarely left Pulaski County. Some have made fortunes—others have not been so fortunate. Some have gained fame and recognition—others have lived quiet unassuming lives.
    But on this first Saturday in October we are all glad to see each other and renew friendships long dormant. It was great to have attended a small school where you knew everyone in your class, almost everyone in the classes ahead of you, and many in the classes under yours. Many of us were disappointed that some schoolmates that we wanted to see were not there.
    Everyone seemed to enjoy stepping back in time and reliving a happy four years of more than three decades ago. Hopefully the volunteers who work hard to keep this biannual event going will continue their good work. I will keep attending "as long as the Good Lord's willing and the creeks don't rise."

    Gene McFall
    Nancy High School Class of 1954
    Tallahassee, Fla.

    October 4, 2011

  • Our Library is a Good Investment

    Dear Editor:
    Of all the investments I make through my local taxes, none is better spent than at our Pulaski County Public Library.  Although writer Charles Bullock sought to criticize the library's miniscule increase in revenue (a whopping 6.3 cents from 6.0 cents per $100 value of real estate and 7.6 from 6.3 cents per $100 for personal property--that's PENNIES we're talkin' about, folks), I don't know of anything in our county that is a better BUY--OR more essential to our residents, especially people with limited means who count on the library for its services...

    September 29, 2011

  • Reader ‘fired up’ about library tax increase

    Dear Editor:
    After reading the CJ story on tax increases, I was fired up.
    Does the slogan, “Taxed Enough Already” resonate with anyone?

    September 22, 2011

  • Proud of Pulaski standing up to ACLU

    Dear CJ:
    I was born and raised in Pulaski County. Although many good things have come from Pulaski County, I have never been more proud of Pulaski County than when I read about the county standing up to the Kentucky ACLU because of the county wanting to hang the Ten Commandments in the courthouse and being sued over it from the ACLU.

    September 22, 2011

  • 9/11: A day of lost innocence

    September 13, 2011

  • 9/11 A Day of Lost Innocence

    Dear Editor:
    Ten years ago this past Sunday, our nation lost her innocence and sense of safety when the Twin Towers came down and the Pentagon was struck by a terrorist plane.

    September 13, 2011

  • PCYFL responds to letter

    Dear Editor:
    I would like to take an opportunity to address concerns about the PCYFL (Pulaski County Youth Football League) playing games Saturday as posed by Karen Jones in a letter to the editor dated 9/6/2011.

    September 7, 2011

  • Way too hot for some football?

    Dear Editor:
    I am grandparent of a Pulaski County Football Little League Football player and I am upset that they were allowed to play football today with a heat advisory out for the state with 110 heat index and a heat index warning for the state.  

    September 6, 2011

  • Electric Bill Shocker

    Dear Editor:
    When the Southeastern Water Company raised their rates people complained, but when South Kentucky RECC put in the new electric meters and their rates skyrocketed, nothing has been said.
    When my electric bill tripled the first month after the “smart meter” were put in at my home, I thought I was charged for the new meter, but was told that was not the case.
    It was that the “smart meters” were just more accurate in reading then the old meters.
    Although the old meter my bill did not vary in readings, except with the new meter my bills varies from $140 to $360 a month.
    That is with only the same things on and nothing extra.
    South Kentucky RECC is asking for a rate increase over and above the high bills. I get it now. If they receive the increase I will not be able to afford it.
    I live on a fixed income; therefore, I will have to turn off my electricity and use candles for light and go back to wood for cooking and heat.

    Thank you.
    Richard Early
    Somerset, KY 42501

    September 1, 2011

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