April 23, 2015 Issue


Washington feels area should be honored to recognize former commissioner

Dear Editor:

In response to the March 19 article, citizens object to the renaming Highway 24. It was I who appeared before the Board of Commissions in September of 2013 with the proposal to name portions of a highway after the honorable late commissioner Ozzie Hannah.

This is nothing new as it may appear to be as Commissioner Davis stated that someone spoke to him about and it just came about. Perhaps this is a political strategy that the chairman and commissioners have devised with the 2016 election being around the corner. They can have the credibility, just make it happen.



As for David Bryant and his 60 petition signers, it proves how indicative it is that racism is in full existence and how they try to cover it up with nonrelated matters. It is more than you all that are residents and care about Highway 24. Attorney Dowdy explained very well what these people already very well know. It is that they simply donít want to see the name of a Negro anywhere in Jefferson County, and try to defer to some other location as if they would be happy with that.

You may care about 24 and pick up trash on 24, but you donít own 24. Iím obliged to tell you, so you can stop feeling like you OWN it. That is a state road. Legislature will make that decision and I trust that they have the fortitude and intelligence to make the right one and approve this proposal. If you feel like they slipped one in on you, welcome to the club.

I am gratified by Commissioner Tommy Newís comments about the honorable late Ozzie Hannah. He was a pioneer and a trailblazer for human justice, equal rights and economic development. He was the first black elected commissioner of this county.

This objection is an affront to the citizens of Jefferson County and particular the blacks and especially to the character of the honorable late Ozzie Hannah to say that there are other people and things with greater ties to this county. There was never any objection of anything else that has been dedicated to anyone before. You didnít object to the things that were named after Tom Brown or John Henson or any of the others that were of white descent.

There is not a problem with communication; the problem is with your discrimination. The reason that I am a month responding was to give others the opportunity to do so and none have. I will not refrain any longer. To the pastors, ministers and Christians, those of you that were at the funeral of the honorable late Ozzie Hannah and eulogized him, those of you that gather at Stone Springfield on the third Sunday in January once a year celebrating Dr. King with your lips but your heart is far from him, how dare you call yourselves people of God and allow such demoralization of one of our very own people.

I know that you are afraid, that is why you stay in the pulpit. You lie and make excuses for not supporting the movement of SCLC, saying you didnít know, you forgot, church canít afford it. You have not lied to me but to the Holy Spirit. You only produce hypocrites and cowards. Anyone that is righteous will support the name change.

David Bryant talked to Brian Princeís and Jessie Stoneís associates. I have talked to Jesus Christ the Mediator. He said the first shall be last and the last shall be first. The bottom shall rise to the top and the top shall rise to the bottom. That justice shall roll down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream. Regardless to how you may feel about it, it shall come to pass.

Charles Washington

Louisville resident sees playground potential

The potential of both the playgrounds in Louisville, The Helen Clark Memorial Playground and The Rufus Price Memorial Playground, are yet to be realized.

Particularly the Helen Clark Memorial Playground has promise that defies imagination. It would be greatly enhanced by supervised activities.

An economical feasibility study could be done by city personnel already on the payroll.

This letter writer suggests that Ms. Tammy Bennett, who works Monday, Wednesday and Friday, as director of the Leisure Center here, could be utilized other days to oversee activities at the Clark playground.

Volunteer parents could be used to aid Ms. Bennett and to supervise activities at the Price playground. There already is a stage at the Clark playground. That is a good start.

On the grounds at the Clark playground is a sound home owned by the city of Louisville. It came in the will of Miss Helen Clark. This could be used for activities during bad weather, warm months and cold weather for supervised activities.

This need not conflict with activities at the local library as non-conflicting things are held there.

Louisville is fortunate to have these facilities. They would make Judge Price and Miss Clark, a teacher, proud.


Bob Gordy,


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