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Daily News from Bowling Green. July 13, 2021.

Editorial: KHS director dodges questions about historical marker

Reporters do a very important day-to-day job trying to keep the public informed.

It’s hard work that involves a lot of hours, a lot of note-taking and writing, trying to meet deadlines and a lot of phone interviews, and in some cases dealing with difficult people in person.

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The not-so-pleasant part comes with the job title, but reporters are tough and stay focused on the job at hand, no matter what.

Part of a journalist’s job that is beyond frustration is when repeated calls to a source are not returned. Sometimes a reporter has a source who is busy in meetings or on vacation.

But sometimes we see sources, including government officials, who blatantly dodge or refuse to answer our questions on a range of stories. When a story reports that repeated attempts to reach this source have failed or they have declined to comment, it just makes them feel like they have something to hide.

Last week, a reporter for that newspaper made daily calls for five days to Kentucky Historical Society director Scott Alvey, but none of them were fired.

Not only did Alvey decline to be interviewed for Tuesday’s article on the historic marker designating Bowling Green as the former Confederate Capital of Kentucky that Western Kentucky University removed from its campus last year, he reached out to our reporter. to ask him to submit questions to him in writing via email.

For those who don’t know much about reporting, the people who won’t take your phone calls or ask for questions to be emailed to them are people who are trying to control the conversation and don’t want to allow any follow-up. Questions.

In our opinion, this is a very weak and timid position for sources like Alvey.

The Daily News acceded to Alvey’s request, asking for more details on whether the agency had recently approached local officials to move the marker, particularly after Bowling Green Mayor Todd Alcott and the judge -Warren County Executive Mike Buchanon supported the display of the marker on principle.

After our reporter wasted his time trying to reach him by phone for an entire week, Alvey responded to the three questions emailed by our reporter, namely:

You mention that there is no change in the relocation / relocation status of marker 67. I am curious if KHS has contacted local government officials here in Bowling Green since you and I communicated for last time in March. The local executive judge said he supports the display of the marker at the local county courthouse, and there are already similar monuments displayed there, so I’m interested if you’ve contacted him about it. . See link for judge exec comments: https://www.bgdailynews.com/news/local-officials-weigh-in-on-potential-sites-for-confeder ate-marker / article_f491508a-e13 a-572b -b1f2- 1b2383a14003.html

Is it the Kentucky Historical Society’s position that this marker should be reinstalled?

Is it a purely local decision? What influence does historical society have on whether or not a marker is displayed in the community?

Here is Alvey’s answer to three simple questions our reporter asked him:

“Thanks for the questions. We’ve covered them in previous conversations, so I don’t have anything new to add. Building community support is essential in determining the location of historical markers. The location is determined once a community requests that the marker be placed in a specific location. At this time, the Kentucky Historical Society has not received any communication expressing community support for the placement of the 67 marker. Warren County Executive Judge Mike Buchanon has not contacted KHS.

“I am not in a position to comment on the process of erection of monuments, markers, etc. by local communities. To be a marker for the KHS Historic Marker Program, it has to go through our previously shared approval process. . “

Alvey dodged each of these very simple questions and again via email where he could control the conversation.

Could it be because he wants the historical marker that simply denotes a historical fact to disappear and never see the light of day again?

We certainly wonder if this is not the case.

We don’t know Alvey, so we’re not going to say what his reasons were for dodging our reporter phone calls for a week and asking all the questions by email. But it’s sources like this that leave many of our readers scratching their heads and wondering why he didn’t answer questions in the first place instead of resorting to an email request for questions so that he can control the conversation.

Alvey, as the director of KHS, has a duty and responsibility to answer all questions from the press over the phone not dictated by email, even though he doesn’t like the questions asked.

This landmark is part of the history of our city. It should be replaced in a location relevant to the marker. Since Alvey says his office needs to be contacted, we urge any interested party to contact them and come up with ideas on where the marker could be placed in our city and offer him a suitable place to go.

– You can contact the Kentucky Historical Society and give your opinion on the placement of the markers or suggest a site if you wish to host this marker. Their address is 100 W Broadway St. Frankfort, KY 40601 and the phone number is 502-564-1792.

Frankfurt State Journal. July 12, 2021.

Editorial: Free meals, Chromebook fees waived, a win-win situation for FCS families

With the recent adoption of several cost-saving measures, it seems the only thing Franklin County school families will have to provide for the next school year are the students.

Last week, the FCS school board waived the annual Chromebook protection fee and reported participating in a program that will include free breakfast and lunch for each student. This follows an announcement last month that the district will cover the cost of school supplies for all students for the 2021-2022 year.

FCS plans to use up to $ 400,000 of the US Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ARP ESSER III) to cover the cost of school supplies. The funds will also be used to pay the costs of protecting the Chromebook.

For the 2021-2022 school year, every K-12 student will receive a Chromebook. In previous years, the Chromebook FCS protection fee was $ 25 per student, but it has been increased to $ 40 per student this school year. Fortunately, this is a cost that families will not have to pay this year.

“Frankly, with the influx of federal dollars for this school year, we wanted to go ahead and waive these fees for our families. They’ve been through a lot this year, ”FCS Superintendent Mark Kopp said at the July 6 meeting.

The district has also adopted the Seamless Summer Food Service option as part of the USDA-approved national school meals program. As part of the program, all FCS students have the opportunity to have free breakfast and lunch for the entire 2021-2022 school year.

New clothes, backpacks, shoes and other essentials, back to school can be a costly endeavor for families – especially those with more than one student – and this year is made worse by the hardships caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

“It’s very difficult,” Kopp added. “If we can find a way not to charge, let’s find a way. “

We applaud the FCS Board of Education for recognizing the needs of its families and for easing some of the financial burdens by covering the cost of school supplies and removing the Chromebook protection fee. Every little bit counts.

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