April 2, 2014 —
I would like to respond in answer to Charles Wallace's pitiful letter to avenge himself against the “stuff told” by the Health Department in the Eastern KY Voice this Friday.
Folks, it’s simple. He has lost two major battles against us “girls” here at the Health Department and we were in anticipation of the third battle starting. He sure didn’t make us suffer long. How dare he suggest anyone falsified figures, especially now that he has the auditor’s report, her letter, monthly financial reports, and, since his continued calls to the Grayson paper trying to cause us trouble as to the deficit/ surplus, we have provided a full interpretation of our budget to the paper and to the citizens of Carter County. We have been as honest and forthcoming as we can be. We have invited Judge Wallace and all his Fiscal Court Members to come into our office and take a look at our documents personally. Not one person has taken the time to come in. If it was such an issue and you truly thought that fraud was going on, would you not take it upon yourself to go out on a limb for the people you represent and investigate further for yourself? This tells me that all this bologna is about retaliation and mudslinging and not truly about the citizens of Carter County.
Mr. Wallace stated that one of our employees told Judge Fannin of Elliott County and himself that the numbers in the budget had been changed to make it look good. IF one of our employees said that, then he/she doesn’t deserve to work with us, as that is a bare face lie and a knife in the back of those of us who have fought with every breath we have against the bullying and threatening to save their jobs. There were only three people who worked on the budget for the fiscal year 2014 and one has since retired.
The others are myself and Paula Thornberry and neither of us have had a meeting with either of the Judges to say any sort of nonsense. Shame on you for pulling “information” out of thin air to make your plight. Just because a projection says we are going to be $53,000 in the black doesn’t mean it is actually going to happen or that numerous people are guilty of fraud. It means that if things progress the way we are, it’s a possibility of a surplus. That is not written in stone. Really,
For people who have run this county for 12+ years, you really have no idea of what budget, financials and projections really mean.
The people of Olive Hill are not pawns in a game. They are living, breathing, Carter Countians who have the right to express their concern or opinions. Little Sandy and its Board members hated that there was nothing we could do but consolidate to save the Health Department for Carter County. We truly believe that our people have suffered enough. Even with the consolidation we still are not safe. We want to tell all citizens of Carter County, we are here to listen to your concerns. We want to help you any way we can. We will listen to ideas, suggestions and work to ease the inconvenience on you as best we can. We must work together for the best of all people. We are not campaigning nor as I have stated before, do we have any sort of political interest in any office. We are public health and care about our citizens.
I would like to say to all people of Carter County, I am so sorry that things have gotten so nasty in these papers and that you are being used. I am not a negative person nor do I play in word games.
Do not let anyone have power over you. God gave you a mind, a will and a heart. Believe in yourselves and make the right decisions. Be careful of those you trust because the one talking you into something could very well be the serpent in garden.
The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Kimberly Rucker.