Letters to the Editor

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Eviction details

are confidential

To the editor:

Cant let yesterdays Linda Boileau cartoon go unchallenged. It is obvious that Ms. Bolieau has had no dealings with the Frankfort Housing Authority or she would not have depicted them negatively. Housing Authority staff routinely go out of their way to provide housing, furniture, even food and clothing for city and county residents needing their assistance. Eviction is always a last resort.

It is both unfair and just plain wrong to single out the Housing Authority to blame as the reason Ms. Stephens fell through the cracks and became homeless. Where were her family and her friends? What about social service agencies? Ms. Bolieau should have read the article from The State Journal which quoted the Executive Director of the Housing Authority, Carole Anthony, giving some explanation of the eviction.

An apology is in order to Ms. Anthony and her staff. Surely you and other State Journal management know the facts surrounding Ms. Stephens eviction are confidential and that the Housing Authority is not at liberty to make details available. It has no way to defend itself against Ms. Boileaus attack and thus no way to let your newspaper readers know the truth of the matter.

If your editorial staff truly cares about a person sleeping in her car, rather than casting stones, The State Journal should join Frankfort citizens working hard to provide a homeless shelter for women. I am sure Jill Robinson or Betty Cowherd would welcome your phone call.

Patty Norris Peavler

Frankfort

Parking essential

for downtown

To the editor:

I would like to express my opinion on the parking lot of 15 spaces that Real Properties is going to construct connecting to the Bush Building. I am a retired state employee who worked closely with Real Properties and had to go to their office to conduct business on many occasions. I can tell you from experience that the Bush Building has a very limited parking area. As a citizen of Frankfort, I and many people I know always parked in the parking lot where the new library is now being constructed. Even though Frankfort has two parking garages, the great majority of the spaces are reserved by offices in the downtown area and are not available for parking by the general public. There is such a shortage in parking downtown now that most people just avoid the downtown area unless they absolutely have to go downtown because of business. I personally want to thank Jim Abbott and Real Properties for constructing the parking lot and allowing Frankfort citizens use of the property. Those parking spaces are needed much more than green space now that we have lost the Wapping Street parking lot.

Pat Carter

Frankfort

City needs

smoking ban

To the editor:

I am strongly in favor of the proposed smoking ban that will make our city a much more healthy place to live.

The lack of sensitivity and blatant disregard for the health of smokers and their families and other innocent bystanders is shocking.

I recall the other day driving down Versailles Road and witnessed a female driver with an infant and 3 small children in the back seat. This driver was smoking up a storm with the windows rolled up. The inside of her car was engulfed in a cloud of toxic poisonous smoke that her innocent children were forced to inhale. If I had my way I would have arrested her for endangering the health of minors.

I recall another time a few weeks ago driving into a local gas station and went inside to pay for the gas. The cashier along with her friends were puffing away. The store was filled with toxic cigarette smoke, and I had to cover my face to pay for the gas and then ran out. I made a comment on how unhealthy that was and the cashier looked at me as if she wanted to strangle me. Can you imagine??

I am strongly in favor of civil rights, and if one chooses to smoke that is OK as long as they do not poison others in the process.

I hope and pray that the smoking ban passes.

Ronald Wegner

Frankfort

Cumberland

College

To the editor:

Two thoughts concerning the University of the Cumberlands:

1. Re: Government funding of private schools: Southeast Kentucky needs a pharmacy school to keep its favorite sons in the area and to help a declined economy jobs, business, education. What would happen if every student from kindergarten to grad school enrolled in our public/state schools this fall? There would have to be more buildings, faculty, books, equipment and supplies. Is that what it would take for the state to see what an important role religious schools play in our economy and in the education of our children? Throw open the doors for education vouchers! See what that will do to the economy. We cant pay our teachers well now.

2. Re: expulsion of gay student: It is an embarrassment to be an alumnus of Cumberland College, at present. Jim Taylor, president of the U of the Cumberlands, is my contemporary. When we attending CC in the 1960s, there were gay faculty members as well as students. They didnt flaunt their sexuality, and neither did anyone else at that time (Thank God).

Cumberland needs to get off the fundamentalists bandwagon and board the jet that is searching for academic talent. Academics in that school have been in a steady decline for the past 40 years. A recent letter to the editor mentioned that students needed to obey the rules. I thoroughly agree. There is just one, though, Love one another.

Judy Rose Langford

Frankfort

Bahas look

to the future

To the editor:

Many Frankfort residents have been asking about the Baha Center located until recently at 313 West Second St. Last year, after prayerful consultation, the Spiritual Assembly of the Bahas of Frankfort decided to sell the property. This property was initially acquired to serve as an information distribution center and later served as a meeting place for devotional gatherings and other community activities. Soon after its opening, it became apparent that our communitys needs had fortunately outgrown our beloved Baha Center. Subsequently, earlier this year, someone came forth with an offer which we accepted. In the meantime, the Baha community is carefully reviewing its present needs and anticipated growth in the years go come as it considers the acquisition of a future property.

The Frankfort Baha community is continuing its normal activities, including hosting events open to the public. We joyfully invite the Frankfort community to an Introductory Presentation/Discussion of the Baha Faith on Friday, May 26, 6:30 p.m., at 306 W. Main St., third floor. For more information, please call 227-3276 or 695-9606.

Ruth E. Maggard

Frankfort

Nursing patients

not forgotten

To the editor:

The April 30 feature regarding the development of citizens advocacy group for nursing home residents was excellent. The only problem was the headline. The implication was that, finally, residents have someone to speak up for them. Well, nursing home residents have had a voice for over 25 years in the Commonwealth. In fact, they have over 300 voices in the professional and volunteer Ombudsmen who span the state.

There is a network of 15 district long term care Ombudsmen programs all across Kentucky. These Ombudsmen--on a daily basis--identify, investigate, and work to resolve complaints that are made by, or on behalf of, residents relating to any situation which may adversely affect their health, safety, welfare, or rights. Ombudsmen provide information and assistance services to residents and their legal representatives. They inform and educate the community about nursing homes. They represent the interests of residents before governmental agencies and seek remedies to protect their interests.

They also just visit the residents, the majority of whom have no one to take up for them and who suffer from some sort of dementia. Ombudsmen accompany fearful residents to the hospital, they bring a birthday cards those who have no one. They find volunteers to visit and enrich the lives of residents. Residents have told us that they appreciate their Ombudsman because she brought me my favorite candy bar, or he taught the nurse that talking mean to me when shes having a bad day is NOT okay, or she made sure I was heard when the city wanted to ban smoking in my home.

Ombudsmen retrieve stolen money, find specialists to address issues, take cupcakes to folks, write letters to families, attend care plan meetings to present the residents requests. It really doesnt matter what the issue is. The Ombudsman is there and has been there for the resident.

Ombudsmen are present in the lives of residents, listening to them, respecting their concerns, and working diligently to make sure their voice is heard. Ombudsmen work at the direction of the resident and seek to work out problems to their satisfactions. All of our work is confidential and residents and consumers can speak to us in perfect confidence. We hear regularly from residents who cherish our visits, who are grateful we worked out family problems, who would have been discharged but for our intervention. Families call us for support and information. Sometimes they call just to have a shoulder to lean on.

Last year, the Kentucky Ombudsman handled over 8,400 specific complaints about the quality of life and care in nursing and personal care homes. Every one was investigated and worked on. Ombudsmen spent thousands of hours visiting and monitoring facilities. Many hours were spent in community education and on the phone talking with folks about long term care issues. Ombudsmen used every resource at their disposal to bring the issues which are important to nursing home residents to the forefront.

I call that a voice.

Kathleen B. Gannooe

Lexington

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