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LETTER: Resident too negative

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I am a 26-year-old resident of Spencer County. I have lived here all my life. As an adult, I have purchased older property in Taylorsville and questioned the weathered property lines. I called my dad for best advice on identifying where my markers are. He referred me to Curtis Ochs, saying, “He’s the man to see for any surveying questions. He knows this county front and back.”
I called Curtis at home around 6:30 p.m. in the evening, who insured me he would come by the following day at 4 p.m. and show me where my property markers were. A man of his word, he was here right on time to ease my confusion. I respect this man for his honesty, giving me his word and showing up on such short notice. I grew up the good ole’ fashion way, with the saying, “It takes a real man to admit when he is wrong.”
Is that not what Curtis did when he was wrong on the Mike Driscoll building?
Mike Driscoll is a man who would go out of his way to help others. I know he has made ice donations to families trying to raise money for loved ones they have lost. He has helped churches, businesses and individuals in many ways in our community. He is a man who does things by the rules, no matter what the cost. He has created jobs and business opportunities bringing money into this town for many years.
When Curtis Ochs’ survey was incorrect, did Mike Driscoll not go back and legally review and get a variance? This sounds to me like a man who appreciates helping others and this county grow and profit from his businesses.
Mr. (Lawrence) Trageser has stepped on my toes and acquaintances of mine in this community. I would not know him if I passed him on the street, but in his writing to the paper, I feel I have already met him. I don’t think he would be someone I could go to with a question or help and respect his answer.
As a young adult starting out on my own two feet, I feel we need people like Curtis Ochs and Mike Driscoll to help us be responsible adults and rely on for information in the correct way of handling business.
From Trageser, I have seen nasty remarks on huge signs during election. I have followed his opinions in the paper and decided he is not a man I could respect.
It takes a man to be respected for his wisdom and hard work. And to see Curtis and Mike apologize to the community overwhelms me with respect for them. Even when they go the extra mile to OK the building with the school buses and fire trucks, being they are the largest and very important vehicles on our crowded city streets, yes, sir, that does deserve respect from our community.
Mr. Trageser, you are the only one complaining. Is this odd to you? I think I could appreciate you if you would do something positive for this community, such as Mike and Curtis have done over the years. I believe you should apologize for your envious behavior. These men did not earn respect overnight. It took years to get where they are, so why don’t you start small, like pot holes on city streets or trimming shrubs back around stop signs?
You could be a name well known in this county, you’re just going about it the wrong way. Think of your future, what do you want children to see you as when they grow up and need advice?  A wise, respected individual that made a difference in our community, the way I see Curtis and Mike, or someone they never want to cross paths with?

Tonya Summitt
Taylorsville