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Letter to the Editor

By The Staff

Having served as an election commission for several years in another state, I understand the duties of an official and I also understand the passion for the job you are sworn to do and the peer pressure to make bad decisions.

In the two articles in the May 6 edition of The LaRue County Herald News concerning school board members, no interest is not the point. The point by law is that no relative (as defined in KRS 160.380 (1) (b) father, mother, brother, sister, husband, wife, son, daughter, aunt, uncle, son-in-law and daughter-in-law) shall be employed or contractor to the schools. Also in KRS 160.180 (2) (g) requirements to run for the school board include a list of relatives the same as above. The clear points made are that these laws have been broken.

OEA’s opinions carry no weight, as this county has seen time after time. Kentucky statutes apply to all as citizens of the commonwealth.

Where would we be if our passions made it OK to break the law? Some have a passion for smoking pot. Ignoring the drug laws doesn’t make the passion legal.

Saving the schools money on furniture does not make the son of a school board member doing business with the system legal.

Greenwell knew his wife was a shareholder in a company doing business with the schools, yet he filed to run for election even after receiving information that he had a conflict.

People of LaRue County, are you going to condone the disregard for the governing laws of the commonwealth? Every law-abiding citizen needs to come to the school board meeting at 7 p.m. May 18 at LaRue County High School to voice your displeasure at elected officials thumbing their nose at you and the law.

Call Attorney General Jack Conway at 502-696-5300 and request that his office do something about this situation. A.G. Conway is a man who stands up for Kentuckians.

I now call upon Greenwell and Chelf and any and all board members and school personnel that were aware of these issues and allowed it to be. Do the right thing and resign at the meeting May 18.

Should this be allowed to continue unchecked, what message does it send to the children? Remember, these young people are the leaders of tomorrow.

Donna Miles, Hodgenville