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TIMES-NEWS, HARTFORD, KENTUCKY, AUGUST 22, 2002, PAGE 4-A LETTERS TO EDITOR EDITORIAL. This won't sit well with a lot of folks, but there will have to come a time when we allow Elvis Presley,to rest in his grave of 25 years. Yes, the man was great in his chosen field; yes, he was admired possibly more than any other person in the history of music; yes, his untimely death came as a jolt to millions and he was to be sorely missed. And yes, the man is dead and never to return. All of the Elvis wanabees and all of the Elvis look-a-likes will never scratch the surface of the original. There was only one and probably all we could ever handle. So why is it we refuse to allow the man to officially be dead? There were some other great ones out there who have since left for that big concert in the sky. Unless you happen to be a family member, we seldom, if ever, mark the birthdays or deaths of such immortals as Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra Dean Martin and Perry Como. Bing Crosby had the biggest-selling recording of all time and yet he remains very, very dead. Frank Sinatra was a massive teen idol, a super actor, and a great singer. Yet, he is rotting away in a natu- ral sort of way. Dean Martin is getting some action with info-mercials of his popu- lar Roast series. Other than that he's pretty much dead. Poor old Perry never gets a call. Then we get back to Elvis, the most popular pelvis-swinging dude that ever struck a note. The attention paid to him after 25 years of dying is phenomenal You can almost feel what's going to happen. We say that because it's happened to a bunch of presidents -- one of which is President John F. Kennedy who also is having a hard time dying. That's prob- ably because John made President Bill Clinton look like a choir boy when it came to sexcapades. It also happened to a fellow named Martin Luther King and to that end, don't be surprised some day if a special day is not set aside for Elvis. Far-fetched, you say? Not really! Rock-n-roll music, one of Elvis' mainstays, out-lived many of its critics and forecasters of immediate doom. It became a musical icon and an American way of life. Even ffyou didn't like it, you found yourself tapping a toe. And right in the middle of that long run was the man who could flip a hip with the best of them -- Elvis Presley, the king. WASHINGTON -- Why do credit card coml anies make such an effort to issue cards to college students? Surely the risks are Wm4 S'F TE because the interest rates tend to be high (12 to 24 percent), it doesn't take long before the com- panies earn enough interest to There is no such thing as saying, "Long live the ng as far as high ARerall, student loans have eliminate the risk on the princi- concerz ed, ap tly is " Why pal, Iddeeti, their business lan is Letter to Editor e Dear Editor, school as well as the park. I, as a reader of the Times- School children use the park as News, think that David well as senior citizens and every- Johnston, as park director, has one else who wants to have re- done an excellent job. unions and group meetings. If I also think that Fiscal Court there were better facilities, more should help some in the upkeep local citizens would use them. of the park. David Johnston I feel, as a senior citizen, that can't take on the job of park up- you in the county should help out keep on his own. I think the as much as possible to help county should put aside money David Johnston run the park, he to aid in the upkeep, has done an excellent job. We elderly citizens who haveThank you, no children in school pay school Luther W. Smith, 323 E. 5th tax every year, some of thatStreet, Apartment 205, Beaver money could go to help in the Dam, KY 42320. tt W. "g) W aX:tt E "[o cxrr MY VCmE4 -tt -L W. customers -- especially its new, turns will be young customers -- will perpetu- ure close ally remain over the limit. In this The solution instance, the payment becomesnew to the $70.00 per month, which meansis to im that the company Would recmve upon tt ir not n/ohth llmnan aUnt, li mi.t. pdying off the principal. This is roughly equal to the v ncipal morethari wh h a ntis usu- at.loar e4:_. Rer compames are m of ally pegged at a level sufficient to months the rest is gravy, can market psychology rather thanpay interest and little else. In reality, the credit card com- gether in banking. The bankin For example, takepany has interest and overhead that is tied to t business is based upon a $I,000 limit card is- expenses, so it doesn't really count. ratesofreturn sued to a college stu- cover its principal cost until lution entails and risk assessmen dent. The interest about the 17th month. And slow ability and (co|lateral and credit rate is 24 percent, or paying and defaulting customers Prediction: worthiness), whereas 2 percent per month, adds additional cost, so the credit ca ,d companies which in this case credit card company assumes include look at such things as equals $20.00. Typi- that its true break-even point is reduction addiction, unfounded cally, the credit card in the 20th month category, late optimism and immedi- company will set the Five years later, 10 years entail no cost ategratification, monthly payment at later, 20 years later, those long- This means that $25.00. Additionally it lasting customers whom they late fees credit card companies will assess a late fee hooked as college students will are primarily inter- Jack Anderson of $50.00 and an over- have paid the credit card corn- ally serve ested in hooking cus-syndicated the-limitfeeof$50.00, pany areturn on its investment a way to tomers because they columnist Because it is abusi- of something approaching infin- -- in the know thatonce hooked, hess based upon psy- ity. This is because the principal venting the majority of cardholders will chology, the company assumes will have been recovered after 20 ing to other keep continuous balances. And that a certain percentage of its months, and future interest re- e The letter to the editor is standards of our policy or to solely the opinion of our read- protect it from possible liti- ers and it does not necessar- gation. ily reflect the ideas of this Letters are run exactly newspaper, how they are sent except The letter to the editor is with possible grammar or set aside each week to give spelling corrections. The the community a voice with words of a letter are never issues facing this county but changed unless permission is it is not limited to county top- granted by the writer. ics. Issues may range from And all letters must be in political to moral issues that by noon Tuesday to be consid- society faces on a daily basis, ered in that particular week's Although the word count of edition. Depending on the letters is not specified, it is number of letters sent in recommended to keep the let-each week, one or two letters ters short, will run. Letters can be mailed or To send a letter to the edi- emailed but must have a tor, email the newspaper at name and address attached, editor@octimesnews.com or Hand written letters must in- write to The Ohio County clude a signature. Times-News at P.O. Box 226 Only one letter a month Hartford, KY. 42347, atten- will be accepted from the tion editor. same writer. All questions regarding This newspaper also has letters to the editor should go the right to reject letters that to Don Wilkins. it believes does not meet the Since Sept. 11, we've been brac- Survivors, relatives and friends their lives that that nation might field in ing for the first official commemo- will share in the reading of all live," are not. soldiers ration of America's worst terror- names of those who perished in It is the same with Franklin D. ians ist attack. We know we must the World Trade Center attack, Roosevelt's"FourFreedoms State when they honor the dead, comfort the liv- but will be supporting players to of the Union speech, which he de- wrong place ing and pay tribute to the brave. New York Gov. George Pataki, livered to Congress on Jan. 6, Their But how do we observe such a col- New Jersey Gov. James 1941. Delivered as Hitler's jack- mands its own lective experience of unprec- McGreevey, former New York booted Nazis threatened all of Eu- Because edented magnitude without turn- Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, current rope, America was less than a year through that ing its anniversary into an ideo- New York Mayor Michael away from the Japanese attack on infamy logical, political and media three- Bloomberg, and President George Pearl Harbor. Although it still can no ring circus? W. Bush. be said, as Roosevelt did, that this any less For 11 months, New Yorkers Amid suspicions that the nation places "its destiny in the else's. So have taken their own pulse along UnitedStatesrnightlaunchapre-hands and heads and hearts ofits -- to share with the rest of us trying to de- emptive attack on Iraq, millions of free men and readers, cide how to spend this Sept. 11: the official observance women," the "armed de-insight into Should we go about our business will begin with bagpipers fense of democratic exist- as usual or suspend all routine and drummers, ahistoric ence" in an all-out world invited and, as we did last year, sitglued call to arms" A trumpeter war is no longer being to the television set? will play Taps, the tradi- waged on four continent. York, Even if the rest of us haven't tional closure at military Excerpts from the Dec- decided how to honor the day, the funerals, laration of Independence since City of New York has. Its corn- Profound as they are, i will also be quoted. This memoration on the land where the the three oratories chosen most hallowed of Ameri- World Trade Center's twin towers to be read by Pataki, ! can documents was writ- I will choose as collapsed will feature five male McGreevey and Bush Tad Bartimus ten by our founding fa- says as politician, s reading excerpts from were not written for this syndicated thers at the start of the column. To historic documents written and occasion. Revolutionary War togal- must include delivered during wartime. The Gettysburg Ad- columnist vanize .colonial rebels to telephone There will be no official words dress was delivered by throw off the yoke of for- of the from mothers and fathers who lost Abraham Lincoln in the midst of eign tyranny. sons and daughters, from spouses a civil war. Some of Lincoln's All the eulogies to be read at Please who lost wives and husbands, thoughts are appropriate, such as Ground Zero are borrowed words www.7 from children who lost parents. "in a larger sense, we cannot dedi- from other times. The secretaries, an e-mail, None of the more than 50 widows cate -- we cannot consecrate -- executives, waiters, fireman, po- Women who gave birth after their hus- we cannot hallow--this ground." lice officers, dishwashers, CEOs Puunene, bands were killed will talk about Others, such as %re have come to and others who died when hi- bringing new life into a danger- dedicate a portion of (a great jacked airplanes crashed into the I loo| ous, but still beautiful, world, battlefield) forthose who gave twin towers, the Pentagon and a you.