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The State Journal encourages readers to submit letters to the editor for publication by noon Wednesday for the following Sunday’s paper. All letters must contain the writer’s full name, mailing address and telephone number for purposes of verification. The State Journal will not withhold the name of a writer. Any letter received without a mailing address and phone number will not be published. The State Journal will not publish thank-you letters, obvious form letters or letters addressed to third parties or to the public at large. Any letter may be rejected at editors’ discretion. All letters submitted for publication are subject to editing for length, form and content. Letters may be no more than 500 words long. Letters may be mailed to Letters to the Editor, The State Journal, 1216 Wilkinson Blvd., Frankfort, KY 40601; or e-mailed to rherron@state-journal.com.
Heart of city
is full of life
To the Editor:
The downtown of any county is the undeniable heart of the community. Downtown Frankfort is the undeniable heart of this community.  It is where city and county business is conducted. It is where unique restaurants and small businesses operate, where our primary banking institutions have their main offices, and where our terrific museums are located. Long ago downtown Frankfort was chosen as the location for the heart of state government. It rises above all other communities in the state as the capital city of Kentucky. 
What is Downtown Frankfort Inc? In a nutshell, an organization tasked with stimulating downtown economic development in Frankfort. The organization came into existence in 1989 when a group of concerned property and business owners came together to address the needs of Frankfort’s downtown commercial district. Some of the original founders still own property and operate businesses downtown.  Downtown Frankfort Inc. survives as a partnership between the City of Frankfort, Franklin County Fiscal Court, as well as corporate and private sponsors.  We are a community development-minded, non-profit organization operating under the Kentucky Main Street Program – a program founded by the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 1979 to address the decline of our nation’s downtowns using guiding principles of preservation and the adaptive reuse of historic buildings. Thirty years later, this program remains relevant as our community and downtown continue to grow and change.
Have you been one of the thousands of attendees at the Summer Concert Series on the lawn of the Old State Capitol? Downtown Frankfort Inc. organizes these extraordinarily popular performances. Have you heard about the Governor’s Derby Celebration moving downtown? With pride, we are the community’s voice in the planning and coordination of this rejuvenated event. We conduct numerous Art Walks throughout the year to support local artists and merchants, and we celebrate the opening of the holiday shopping season for our downtown merchants by organizing the annual Candlelight Tour. But that’s not all Downtown Frankfort Inc. does;  in addition to all the “fun stuff,” we work to market and promote downtown businesses, draw new businesses to downtown, connect potential residents with available opportunities for urban living, and foster new cultural endeavors. We are working to make the heart of Frankfort a pulsating place, beating with excitement and activity.  
People are taking an interest in Downtown Frankfort Inc. because downtown is interesting. Historic charm, unique residential spaces, cultural opportunities and bustling small businesses truly center downtown as the heart of this community. The community can become a part of our activities by logging on to our website at www.downtownfrankfort.com to learn about the important functions of Downtown Frankfort Inc.  
I have no doubt that continuing a unified approach of close affiliation with our sister organizations – the Frankfort Chamber, Frankfort Tourism and KCDC – will be successful, and, with the support of our local elected officials, Downtown Frankfort Inc. will succeed in fostering a prosperous sense of community and a thriving downtown – the heart of Frankfort and Franklin County. 
Terri Bennett
President
Brittain Skinner
Executive Director Downtown Frankfort Inc.
Common sense
on rehiring
To the Editor:
As an absentee grandmother, I don’t have a dog in this hunt – but I was truly amazed to read that the county music education teacher, beloved by students and parents alike, whose position has been reinstated, will be required to go through the complete application/competition process as if he had never worked in the district before.
In the Mason, Ohio, school local district (just north of Cincinnati, in Hamilton County), the board has just announced the cutting of 150 staff positions for school year 2012-2013.  However, for the next two years, any positions that come available will be offered to the pool of teachers/staff released, with no posting or application process.  Not until the two years have passed will new hires be required to complete the regular application process.
That not only seems fair, it makes sense!  Why is that mentality missing here in Franklin County?
Debbie Bramlage
Frankfort
Marriage or
civil union?
To the Editor:
The debate over same-sex marriage continues as each state, one by one, votes to allow or not allow it.
A “civil union” is the preference of former President Jimmy Carter. Carter did not say  – one way or another – anything-about same sex marriage.
His latest book, “NIV Lessons from Life Bible,” reflects his continued commitment to teaching Sunday school in a Baptist church. When he challenged Gerald Ford in 1976, Carter was considered the more religious candidate and won much of the Deep South. Carter reiterated his biblical support for marriage equality:
“Homosexuality was well known in the ancient world, well before Christ was born, and Jesus never said a word about homosexuality. In all of his teachings about multiple things – he never said that gay people should be condemned. I personally think it is very fine for gay people to be married in “civil ceremonies.” That’s a wording former President Carter used to get past civil unions. From past elections in other states on this issue, it appears a civil union is not the issue. Rather, civil union has become an alternate consideration.
 “I draw the line in requiring by law that churches must marry people. I’m a Baptist, and I believe that each congregation is autonomous and can govern its own affairs. So if a local Baptist church wants to accept gay members on an equal basis, which my church does by the way, then that is fine. If a church decides not to, then government laws shouldn’t require them to.”
Jim Anderson Stivers
Frankfort
Slow down
on Schenkel
To the Editor:
Please slow down when you come down Schenkel Lane. I think some people see how fast they can go. If you are going fast and lose control, you may run right through someone’s mobile home, as some are very close to the road.
Dottie Cozine
Frankfort

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