Sunday, February 06, 2000

Kentucky legislators get earful on issues

Citizens voice their concerns

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        FLORENCE — The issues were property rights, teaching the Ten Commandments in schools, a proposed new sewage plant and, of course, taxes.

        Members of the Northern Kentucky legislative caucus heard from residents on a number of issues affecting this area of the state at a meeting Saturday at the Boone County extension office in Florence.

        A large number pleaded with the senators and representatives to lower taxes.

        “We don't just want tax reform, we want tax relief,” said William Kunkel, a Boone County resident.

        Others opposed House Bill 1, the bottle bill, which would require deposits to be paid on most drink containers.

        Supporters say the bottle bill would reduce roadside litter and cleanup costs because people would redeem the containers instead of throwing them out. They also say it would boost tourism and improve recycling rates.

        Sen. Dick Roeding, R-Lakeside Park, heard the message about lowering taxes loud and clear.

        “We do not need new taxes,” he said.

        Others asked for help in preserving green space and prime farmland.

        Steve Flaig, another Boone County resident, complained to legislators about the sewage treatment plant now proposed for land in Belleview Bottoms that's zoned agricultural.

        “I need somebody to help protect my way of life and the way I make my living,” he said.

        Mary Kunkel, a 17-year-old Boone County resident, urged the group to support the teaching of the Ten Commandments in school.

        Senate Joint Resolution 57 requests that the Kentucky Board of Education encourage teachers and school administrators to post and teach from historic displays of original documents reflecting American history, which may include the Ten Commandments.

        The next legislative caucus meeting will be from 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 26 at the General Butler State Park Conference Center in Carrollton.


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