Williams helped nurture career
I just finished reading the article about Chief Jerry Williams retiring as the chief of the Lesslie Fire Department.
I wanted to relate my personal experience with a man who I, to this day, consider instrumental in my career.
I grew up in Lesslie, but I am now a professional firefighter for the fire department of the city of Louisville, Ky.
I first met Chief Williams in 1993. I was lucky enough to join the LFD as a volunteer. As a teenager, of course, I already knew everything about firefighting before I joined.
As easy as it would have been for Chief Williams to toss me out for the silly things I did or said, he instead took the time to invest in me. Perhaps he saw some potential that I never knew existed back then. Either way, his guidance and genuine interest in helping me mature without a doubt proved to be a deciding factor in my becoming a professional firefighter.
I am sure there will be tons of folks who will remember stories of fires and wrecks that Chief Williams helped on. I am sure he can tell you stories of legendary barbecues, building fire stations and remodeling trucks.
I guess the point I want to make is that not only did Chief Williams succeed in all of those things, he also succeeded in building relationships that have nurtured many men and women to become much better people. I can honestly and truly say today that I owe so much to this man. I appreciate his time and effort with me. I know that I would not be where I am today without the patience and advice that he gave to me.
I certainly wish Chief Williams and the Lesslie Fire Department continued success. And to the community of Lesslie, I hope you, too, appreciate the many years of service this one of a kind man gave to us.
Jeremy T. Bass
Wealth is no disqualifier
In response to the headline, "Edwards a champion of the poor-with a 6M house":
As one who grew up in the Great Depression, I remember when we had another man with a very big house who was very rich. This man became president, and in his presidency, he probably did more for the common working man than the Republican Party has done in its entire existence.
The mansion he lived in was called Hyde Park and his name was Franklin Roosevelt.
Just how poor must one be, before he can try to help working people?