• I think the Apple Festival has given some people in Liberty the wrong impression that even after the festival it’s OK to drive golf carts or EZ-go carts on city streets. I know of one who does it almost every day to the store for this and that.

  • This letter is in response to Greg Powell’s letter (Sept. 3).

    I really don’t see much difference in a machine and most store clerks these days. The only difference— a human clerk might utter a trite “Have a good day.” There are an exceptional few who are courteous, but it is certainly an exception, not the rule anymore.

    I recently shopped at a local grocery. After I had thanked the clerk twice, he gave me an “Uh, you’re welcome.” A self checkout machine would not have elevated my blood pressure the way this fella did!

  • I attended the Great Outhouse Blowout in northern Casey County this past weekend and I have to tell you, it was fun watching the teams race the outhouses and talking with the good folk who attended the event.

    If you haven’t visited Penn’s Store in Gravel Switch, it’s a trip worth making. It’s the oldest, continually operated store by a family in the United States. Open now only on weekends, it’s a slice of real Americana.

    While there, I inspected the outdoor privy that was built adjacent to the store in 1992.

  • The case involving five girls who filed suit against some Casey County school officials more than two years ago is still winding its way through court.

    In June, we were told that a settlement had been reached between the parties, but the terms were still being worked out. A few weeks later, there was still no word on the settlement, although attorneys hinted it would be confidential.

  • The Kentucky Tourism Board recently reported that tourism dollars spent in Casey County rose by 3.3 percent from 2006-2007.

    Certainly in times like these, that’s good news to our ears. Hopefully, that trend will continue through 2008.

    It’s obvious that what draws people to Casey County are things like the Apple Festival, the Central Kentucky AG/EXPO Center, the Amish/Mennonite community, Lake Liberty for fishing and kayaking, and other seasonal events such as the Great Outhouse Blowout and the Casey County Fair.

  • Before Joberta Wells starts shopping for products to update her bathroom for the next Olympics, I thought I should warn her not to go to one of the chain stores in a nearby town. I was there the other day shopping for some home improvement objects and I came away disgruntled.

  • We’ve all heard the tale of the little boy who cried “Wolf!” and what happened to him.

    Wanting attention, the little boy, who was tending a flock of sheep, cried out for help as a wolf was supposedly attacking the flock. Each time he’d cry out, help would come running, and the little boy would collapse in a fit of laughter. He was given stern warnings not to call for help when none was needed, or eventually no one would believe him and not come to his aid when he truly needed help.

  • I must confess that I’ve had a life-long love affair with motorcycles; they just haven’t loved me in return.

    There’s just something about those sleek, rumbling machines that glide down the road allowing the wind to blow in the rider’s face. But for various reasons, I hesitate to buy one.

    In the early 1990s, I was in southern Iowa at a conference, and after speaking to a group one night, I wandered out to the parking lot where I spotted two big, Harley choppers.

  • I live across the river from the Ag Center. I don’t have to attend the loud music venues. I can hear them free from my porch.

    I have a gripe with the loud cannon and artillery explosions of the fireworks. I see nothing wrong with the aerial displays and the popping and sizzling of the fireworks. However, in due respect for the nursing home residents and neighbors, the loud explosions must go. I fear for my windows breaking. I know of pets becoming disoriented and run off and lost because of the fireworks.

  •  The late Harry Rhoden, editor emeritus of the defunct Lyons, Ga., Progress newspaper, once told me the following story.

  •  In a time when prices on just about anything are skyrocketing, kudos go to the Casey County government for the success of the jail program.

  •  This letter is in response to an article published by the Associated Press regarding the recent purchase of TASER devices by the Kentucky State Police. The article was poorly researched and somewhat misleading.

  •  The sleek bass boat skimmed the top of the lake’s surface as the wind whipped the hair away from my face.