From the HSLDA E-lert Service:


1/24/2002 12:26:48 PM
Scott W. Somerville, Esq., Staff Attorney of HSLDA
Kentucky--H.B. 54 Creates Uproar

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

January 24, 2002

Dear Kentucky Members and Friends:

As you may know, the Adair County Social Action Committee passed out
a letter urging the regulation of Kentucky home schoolers. This
letter claimed the support of Catholic Charities. Many Catholic home
schooling families immediately contacted Catholic Charities to find
out whether that organization is trying to take away family freedoms.
Steve Bogus, Executive Director of Catholic Charities USA
(Louisville), has confirmed that Catholic Charities has not taken any
position on H.B. 54, nor, to the best of his knowledge, has the
Catholic Conference of Kentucky.

Through one misleading letter, the Adair County Social Action
Committee has created the false impression that the Roman Catholic
Church favors the regulation of home schoolers. This creates both a
risk and an opportunity for the home schooling community, so we must
be "as wise as serpents, and as innocent as doves." We must correct
this false impression without alienating the Legislature.

Home School Legal Defense Association believes that home school
freedoms can best be preserved at this point by a measured response.
We therefore urge our members and other friends of home education to
write (NOT CALL!) the members of the House Education Committee to ask
them to respect home school freedoms. Each courteous and
grammatically correct letter can be sent to all 28 members of the
Committee, including Barbara Ann Colter, the sponsor of H.B. 54. The
committee members are:

Joe Barrows (56)
152 Stout Avenue
Versailles, KY 40383

Larry Belcher (49)
4804 Hickory Hollow Lane
Shepherdsville, KY 40165

Robert "Buddy" Buckingham (5)
1717 Magnolia Dr.
Murray, KY 42071

Mike Cherry (4)
803 S. Jefferson St.
Princeton, KY 42445

Jack L. Coleman, Jr. (55)
P. O. Box 600
Burgin, KY 40310

Hubert Collins (97)
72 Collins Drive
Wittensville, KY 41274

Barbara White Colter (90)
200 Langdon Avenue
Manchester, KY 40962

Jon Draud (63)
109 Vernon Dr.
Crestview Hills, KY 41017

Tim Feeley (59)
P.O. Box 64
Crestwood, KY 40014

H. "Gippy" Graham (57)
Room 432B, Capitol Annex
Frankfort, KY 40601

Jodie Haydon (50)
106 Hillcrest
Bardstown, KY 40004

Mary Lou Marzian (34)
2007 Tyler Lane
Louisville, KY 40205

Reginald K. Meeks (42)
P.O. Box 757
Louisville, KY 40210

Charles Miller (28)
3608 Gateview Circle
Louisville, KY 40272

Harry Moberly, Jr. (81)
P.O. Box 721
Richmond, KY 40475

Russ Mobley (51)
900 Holly Street
Campbellsville, KY 42718

Rick Nelson (87)
Rt. 3, Box 686
Middlesboro, KY 40965

Frank Rasche (3)
2929 Jefferson St.
Paducah, KY 42001

Tom Riner (41)
1143 E. Broadway
Louisville, KY 40204

Charles L. Siler (82)
3570 Tackett Creek Road
Williamsburg, KY 40769

Arnold Simpson (65)
Shutt Mansion
28 West Fifth Street
Covington, KY 41011

Dottie J. Sims (19)
459 Violet Ave.
Horse Cave, KY 42749

John Will Stacy (71)
P.O. Box 135
West Liberty, KY 41472

Kathy W. Stein (75)
364 Transylvania Park
Lexington, KY 40508

Gary Tapp (58)
2600 Mt. Eden Rd.
Shelbyville, KY 40065

Jim Thompson (27)
50 Crosier Bottom Rd.
Battletown, KY 40104

Mark A. Treesh (14)
5735 Grady Court
Philpot, KY 42366

Charlie Walton (66)
1663 Brierwood Court
Florence, KY 41042

Each letter should be addressed to "The Honorable [First and Last
Name]," and should begin with "Dear Mr./Ms. [Last Name]:" as follows:

The Honorable Barbara Ann Colter
***put in address***

RE: H.B. 54

Dear Ms. Colter:

I am troubled by House Bill 54, which would take away the freedoms
home school families currently enjoy in Kentucky...(etc.)

You do not need to show your legislators what is wrong with H.B. 54
at this time, since they have not yet decided to give the bill a
hearing. All you need to do is help them understand how much you care
about home education and how much you will be involved if they do
start regulating in this area. If home schooling is important enough
to you that you would drop everything to go to a legislative hearing
on H.B. 54, tell them so! They need to know that their committee
hearings will be packed by vigilant parents, all ready to explain why
H.B. 54 is bad for Kentucky home schoolers. You can read the full
text of H.B. 54 at


We urge all home schoolers to write, but not call, the members of the
education committee identified above. Please forward this information
to other home schooling families, especially those who are not
members of HSLDA. Urge them to subscribe to HSLDA's e-lerts! To do
so, go to the HSLDA website at:

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address, and follow the instructions.

Yours in the fight for freedom,

Scott W. Somerville, Esq.

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