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I read with interest the letter to the editor supporting Joey Wasson for PVA. I do not know Mr. Wasson, but I have had dealings with Julie Shields and her staff.
This past May, I was a census worker in Taylor County. I was born in Taylor County, am a proud graduate of Taylor County Schools and Campbellsville University, but I moved back to Campbellsville about two years ago, so I was not familiar with many of the side roads.
I set out each day with an assortment of maps, my official badge, two officially-issued pens and pencils, stacks of forms and my trusty cell phone. It soon became obvious to me that I needed to put the PVA office on my speed dial. Although they helped me several times, two particular situations stand out as especially beneficial.
First, as I stood in the middle of the Campbellsville Baptist Church parking lot and searched for a house number, which my census information assured me was there, I called the PVA's office. After quickly consulting their computer records, the woman informed me that, in fact, there had been a house in this location in 1990 (the last census), but it was now a parking lot.
Thankfully, I was not assigned the area around the university, but I can imagine that so many houses near there are now parking lots or new college buildings or empty lots.
Second, I searched in vain three times to find addresses on Old Pitman Road. I discovered that Old Pitman Road is also called Slims Golf Road, but currently it is called Cardinal Court. The PVA office again came to my rescue.
As I said, I do not know Mr. Wasson, but Julie Shields and her staff appear to be competent, friendly and technologically up to date. If the current staff is doing a good job, why would we want to remove them? As the old saying goes, "If it ain't broken, don't fix it."