It is nearly impossible to begin to pinpoint the most outrageous claim or offensive remark in Terry Cruse’s letter. In fact I fully intend to let it mostly speak for itself. I believe Mr. Cruse did a far better job of painting the clearest picture of just exactly what kind of man he is than I could do. I am confident that the people of Hodgenville and LaRue County will read it with as heavy a heart as I did and wonder how in the world we could have ever allowed such a person to get elected to any office, much less the office of mayor of our fair city.
I will address only two things specifically. First, the phone call between MaDonna Hornback and me has been terribly misrepresented. I do not, however, intend to get into an “I said, then she said” argument with her or Mayor Cruse. I may teach high school, but I am not in high school. I find it interesting that I am directly quoted. Was that conversation taped? I doubt it. I assume Mr. Cruse is familiar with the word hearsay since he used to be in law enforcement around here. Interesting that he feels comfortable quoting a conversation he was not a part of, that he, in fact, refused to be a part of when he wouldn’t take my call. As for the conversation itself? Many of you in the community know me; you deal with me. How do you think it really went down? The accusation that I was somehow disrespectful to my mother would almost be laughable if it wasn’t so offensive, so grossly untrue, and a vicious attack that comes when the loss of her is still so painful and raw.
The other inaccuracy I would like to point out is that my brother Kris called City Hall to report my mother’s death, identify himself as the executor of her estate and have those water accounts suspended. That simply isn’t true.
Mr. Cruse, or perhaps his clerk, has some explaining to do, and it appears to me that their entire defense hinges on this initial statement.
I will close with this observation. Perhaps the most telling part of the mayor’s letter is his utter disdain for my sister’s intelligence and his appeal to “common sense.” If he thinks his actions or the actions of his clerk rise to anything close to the level of common sense or even common decency, then he is truly the smallest thing in this small town.
Katy Blair Cecil
formerly of Hodgenville