Neighborhood news since 1907
Volume 63, Number 32,
Section, 10 Pages
Thursday, December 18, 1975
By Robin Garr III, Tom Mudd
and Bruce VanOusen
St. Matthews Mayor
Bowling said this week
Jefferson County and suburban cities
should start issuing parade permits.
march sponsored by United Labor Against Busing
(ULAB), brought crowds of demonstrators to St. Matthews and closed
Shelbyville Road for two hours Saturday
About 200 of the demonstrators went
on to Jeffersontown that afternoon,
where they marched from the J'Town
Shopping Center to City Hall and back.
There, police maintained a lower profile
In the light of the smaller, crowd, and
busy Taylorsvllle Road was not closed.
This week, Bowling recommended
the St. Matthews and East Jefferson
County Business Association write
Jefferson Fiscal Court and the St.
Matthews City Council, requesting each
body to pass ordinances spelling out
parade permit procedures. The city of
Issues permits, but St.
Matthews and the county do not.
Bowling thinks a permit ordinance
should spell out specific rules and
regulations, which "would limit parades
to reasonable requests," Bowling said.
It should limit the time a steeet could be
Staff photo by Robin Garr III
closed, and allow traffic to cross
periodically at Intersections.
demonstrators marched In Jeffersontown Saturday afternoon. About 200
"What we had Saturday was an
members of Union Labor Against Busing (ULAB) came to Jeffersontown after a march In
unreasonable request, but to deny it
St. Matthews, and paraded from the J'Town Shopping Center to City Hall and back again.
would have caused a confrontation,"
The St. Matthews mayor credited the
the demonstrators marched from Ox"good sense" of residents who stayed the rear parking lot. For a time, all wildly according to who was asked.
Bill Kellerman, head of Citizens
traffic to Oxmoor Center was cut off.
moor Center east to The Mall, where
away from the demonstration scene.
A complement of Kentucky State
Against Busing, said he thought there they had planned to turn back.
Police was on hand Saturday at St.
were 7,000 people at the peak of the St.
Then they decided to continue west to
Looking back on Saturday's demonMatthews City Hall, but not at the Matthews march.
Shelbyville Road Plaza before turning
stration, Bowling told the businessmen
St. Matthews Police Chief Burton
march scene. Bowling later said the
around and going back to Oxmoor on
he now believes traffic could have been state police would have been used to guessed 1,500 to 2,000, while ULAB
the opposite side of Shelbyville Road.
maintained on Shelbyville Road, with
halt the demonstration if marchers had chairman Jack Shore said he thought
Marchers were on the roadway for
the demonstrators restricted to one tried to move west, towards St. the crowd ranged from 5,000 to 6,000.
more than two hours
A union official did his best to click off
Matthews, from their original route.
before 10 am to about 12:15 pm.
Bowling said the decision to close the
people on a red plastic grocery-shoppin- g
full highway, from Oxmoor to Shelbycounter, and came up with a little more
Jeffersontown Police Chief Robert
Most of the St. Matthews marchers
ville Road Plaza, was made Friday by
Gutman said the march there came as a than 1,500. "It was hard to get 'em all remained for a rally In the Oxmoor
Jefferson County Police Chief Russell
surprise. "It was more spontaneous where they were bunched up at the parking lot, where leaders talked about
than we'd like
we'd rather have front, though," he said.
their purpose in bringing
St. Matthews Police Chief James
advance notice," he said.
The Voice - Jeffersonlan, counting activity to the eastern suburbs.
Burton earlier had concurred In McThe demonstration was orderly, hoadson a series of pictures taken from
"As I was vlking down 6helbyvilie
Daniel 's decision, saying "we felt it
according to' Gutman, and the entire above as the march passed under the Rod,"'sald Kellerman, "I was thinking
best, in the light of all possible evils
there is really no more downtown
local police force had been on standby In Watterson Expressway on its way back
(including the possible economic Impact
Louisville any more. It's gone. This is
case they were needed to help in St. to Oxmoor, came up with 920.
on local merchants), to close off
the new downtown area, out here.
Of the 200 demonstrators who came
"If you want your voice to be heard,
crowd gathered at
"We felt If the demonstrators did to Jeffersontown, about 150 made the Oxmoor Center, with early arrivals you'd better make It heard out here."
attempt to get out of hand, innocent march down to City Hall. On the way to wandering out to Shelbyville Road and
The Citizens Against busing leader
bystanders and motorists could get the Watterson Trail city building, police haranguing motorists to honk their continued, "to the people who think the
hurt," Burton explained.
movement is dying down,
watched from spots along the route but horns while they waited for the march to
Burton said he'd had no complaints did not accompany the marchers who begin.
let mo tell you, don't hold your breath.
from merchants, who seemed to underAs the group prepared to march, led
"We have Just begun to fight, and the
walked along the street's edge and
wagon carrying ULAB
byword Is never, never . . ." and the
stand the police "were simply trying to sometimes spilled out Into one traffic by a
expedite the whole process, to get them lane.
officials and Kellerman, police sealed
crowd took up the chant, "never, never,
In and get them out."
off the road to all traffic. The move
never . . ."
Returning from city hall, the marchIn a fiery oration, ULAB official Jim
ers were led by three police cars who apparently surprised but pleased many
A few motorists, denied access to the
Luckett scorned national labor leaders
directed them along an eastbound lane of the demonstrators.
local shopping centers, expressed their
Moving slowly, spreading out at
who have taken a
anger directly to police officers, Burton of Taylorsvllle road, facing traffic.
times but kept in two traffic lanes by
said. Traffic to The Mall was routed
Continued on page 2
Estimates of the crowd size varied marshals wearing "resist" armbands,
around Browns and Sherburn Lanes to
The sticker mystery
Jeffersontown Mayor Herbert S.
Meyer Jr. says he's going to find out
who did It. "I'll tell you one thing, he's
going to be a marked person when we
find out," the mayor said.
They look like bumper stickers, but
you don't see too many stuck to
bumpers. Mostly, they are on stop
signs, posts, and all over Jeffersontown.
The orange stickers read "Fire
Col. Murphy." In
September, the city appointed Chief
Robert J. Gutman to replace now-Sg- t.
Walter D. Murphy.
"I don't think this Is a good thing to
do. We have a new chief who's doing a
hell of a good job. It's not a fair shake
for him. They were printed out of
jealousy or out of ignorance," Mayor
An informant told The Jeffersonlan
that two police officers were seen
putting up the stickers at various
locations. When contacted, the two
denied doing it, and each said he
The Jeffersontown High School concert band, the Junior high band end the
Cochrane Elementary School band, all
under the direction
son, will present a Christmas Concert
on Sunday, Dec. 21, at 3 pm, at JHS,
9600 Old Six Mile Lane.
The public Is Invited to attend the free
Grace Episcopal play
am In favor of the use of nuclear
power for the betterment of mankind.
Certainly the building of a power plant
near Madison, Indiana for the purpose
of providing cheaper electricity, Is
better than building more destructive
Rober, E Peege
Oppose. I oppose because It is
dangerous. Who would risk even a
chance of hurting someone for the sake
of some energy?
PaulL. Whlteley Jr.
T. B. McAlister
Oppose. In this age of terrorism, the
security risks are too great. Far better
to learn to conserve existing power and
to develop alternative sources.
Oppose. I do not believe the propaganda by the AEC and utilities about how
safe the "nukes" are. If these plants are
all that safe, why have a 560 million
dollar damage liability?
Oppose. 25 or 250 miles away
nuclear plant Is too close. A
ol the reactor core (and there have
already been two Incidents where
were avoided by bare seconds
and lots of luck) could kill 45,000,
cause between S1
In property damage and contaminate an area the size of Pennsylvania,
according to the Union of Concerned
Because of the holiday, we
will publish on Tuesday next
week. All advertising deadlines will be advanced to
Friday, Dec. 19 at 5 pm. The
news deadline Is Monday at 10
Oppose. There is enough pollution and
deaths because of this. am positively
Oppose. No way.
Oppose. Nuclear safety today Is only as
good as the engineering behind it and
this is not an exact science today. The
next ten years don't
D. L. Dierklng
printed some reliable information from
informed sources, the public wouldn't
be so full of fear and "guess
Information." According to the March,
1975 issue of Chemical Engineering
Progress, "In any one year, those living
In the vicinity of a nuclear plant have
one chance In 300 million of being
killed In a reactor accident, and one
chance In 150 million of being Injured."
Mr. & Mrs. C. J. Wetherell
North Beckley Station Road
Favor. The product (electricity) Is far
more likely to cause harm than the
production process Itself; yet we all
accept the Inherent risks right In our
C. Gary Hughes
Oppose. The risk is too greatl
Favor. We shall soon desperately need
the energy. Based upon what is known,
is extremely small.
At 11 pm, Christmas Eve, Dec. 24,
Grace Church will hold a candlelight
carol service, and at 11:30 pm will be
the First Mass of Christmas.
Jim Evans, Congressman
Snyder's district field representative,
will be at Jeffersontown City Hall,
10416 Watterson Trail, on Tuesday,
Dec. 23, from 10 am to noon. He will
discuss matters involving the federal
government with area residents.
There will be a combined worship
music program and chlldrens' program
at St. Mark United Methodist Church,
4605 Lowe Road, on Sunday, Dec. 21,
beginning at 5 pm. The choirs will sing
portions of the "Messiah," and there
will be a fellowship hour with sandwiches and coffee. The children will
then present a Christmas play, with a
special visit by Santa Claus.
Because an article In last week's
Jeffersonlan had to be cut due to space,
the meaning of a paragraph in the
article about a school board meeting at
Seneca High School was altered,
"There was discussion about an
The parochial school children at
Ascension Catholic Church will present
their Christmas muslcale, Thursday,
Dec. 18, at 7:30 pm In the school
cafeteria, 4600 Lynnbrook Drive.
Senior citizens center
The Southeastern Jefferson County
Senior Citizens Center, 10409 Taylors
On Friday, Deo. 19, the senior
citizens will play traveling bingo, and on
Monday, E.J. Lucas will play the saw-,- "
In "Bits of Humor." On Tuesday, the
Rev. Robert Rice will have a Christmas
meditation, with music by Ken and
Shara Jaret. Wednesday, Thursday and
Friday, Dec. 24, 25 and 26, the center
will be closed for the holidays.
Monday attack on a white
girl by 25 black youths at
Highland Junior High School.
"The principal said he had spent'
most of the day looking into the
Incident. The facts showed it was a fight
between two girls at a bus stop, he said.
"One girl was bruised, but felt well
enough to take the school bus home."
Oppose. Having gathered a great deal
of Information during a similar controversy at Charlotte, N.C., concerning a
nuclear plant at that location, I must
The play directed by Anne Currie
and Jane Blnkley, is open to the public
and there is no admission charge.
ncro s my opinions
Favor. We need this type of energy. We
need the industry to help the employment situation. II will help business in
Mayor Betty Walsh
"The Drum," a Christmas play with
music, will be presented by the choirs
and members of the congregation of
Grace Episcopal Church on Sunday,
Dec. 21 , at 7:30 pm, at the parish house,
2216 Goldsmith Lane.
vllle Road, is open Monday through
Friday, from 10 am to 2 pm. All persons
over the age of 60 are invited to attend
the programs and lunches. For reserva6
the day before
Snyder rep visits
Town Talk views vary on nuclear plant
Favor. There are countless statistics
compiled by the best scientific brains in
the country proving the safety of
nuclear powered generation. There Is
only the wildest speculations as to its
possible dangers. We need the power.
A substantial maorlty of Town Talk
readers would prefer the nuclear power
plant proposed for Indiana not be built.
Last week's Town Talk query was
'.'Do you favor or oppose the construction of a nuclear power plant near
Madison, Indiana?" By a margin of
our respondents said "oppose."
;. The answers turned on the question
of safety. Those received by the
Tuesday noon deadline, some edited
for roasons of space, follow:
Oppose. Why invade a small, peaceful
town like Madison with a nuclear power
plant when you could put one In a large
City without it drawing a blink of an
was unaware of who had the stickers
Councilman Chesley F. Wheeler, the
council's liaison with the police department, said the stickers are In "poor
taste. It's obvious we have some people
In the city, an employee who's not
to the professionalism and
discipline (of Gutman)."
the City Council
adopted an ordinance that apparently
locks Gutman in his post as chief. His
previous contract was to expire In
January. The law was passed to Insure
Gutman's services when a majority
Taxpayers party takes office in January.
Former Mayor Franklin J. Chambers,
whose four Taxpayers gained seats on
the council in the November election,
said the four will "wait until they are in
office and not open their big mouths
now" about Gutman's Job status. (Any
ordinance adopted by the Council may
Asked If a Taxpayers supporter put
up the stickers, Chambers said, "we
wouldn't do anything like that. Besides,
we don't have the money."
Should local authorities
continue to permit
demonstrators to occupy major highways during
busy periods and prevent the normal flow of
get caught by last Saturday's sudden closing of
Shelbyville Road? Were you there watching or participating
In the march? Or did you stay home composing an answer to
what you knew would be this week's Town Talk question
about the big march against
What do you think about the decision to permit the march
and to seal off Shelbyville Road In the process? Some
believe the police handled it well, but others resent the fact
there was no warning and many people were Inconvenienced.
Some argue the march never should have been allowed,
but others say the right to assemble must be protected.
Others complain the marchers have Ignored past restrictions
and would do so again If they wanted. What do you think?
Please complete the ballot at the right and return it to us
very promptly, for we have an early deadline
along with any comment you care to add.
You must give your name and address, but names will be
withheld upon request. The results will be published Dec.
Please mail by
Saturday, Dec. 20, to:
P.O. Box 7432
St. Matthews, Ky. 40207