Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with Buzz Carloftis, January 11, 2007

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:00 - Introduction

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Partial Transcript: Okay, this is Dale Johnson with the PRIDE Program.

Segment Synopsis: Dale Johnson introduces the three schoolchildren (Alaina Couger, Rachel Cain, and Callie Asher) who will be interviewing Judge Carloftis.

Keywords: County judges; Mount Vernon Elementary School (Ky.)

Subjects: Mount Vernon (Ky.); Rockcastle County (Ky.)

GPS: Mount Vernon, the county seat of Rockcastle County, Kentucky.
Map Coordinates: 37.3709014,-84.3445851
00:00:45 - Growing up in Rockcastle County

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Partial Transcript: Have you always lived in Rockcastle County?

Segment Synopsis: Judge Carloftis talks about growing up in Rockcastle County, including his use of septic systems and how he disposed of trash. He also shares that he believes that there should be a mandatory trash service throughout the entire county.

Keywords: Dumps; Garbage; Illegal burns; Illegal dumps; Landfills; Local government; Morality; Personal Responsibility in a Desirable Environment (PRIDE); Pollution; Sewage; Sewers; Streams; Trash disposal; Trash pick-up

Subjects: Cities and towns; Litter (Trash); Plumbing.; Pollution.; Refuse and refuse disposal; Refuse collection; Rockcastle County (Ky.); Septic tanks; Sewerage.; Waste disposal sites

00:03:26 - Septic tanks and trash disposal

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Partial Transcript: Do you currently have a septic tank?

Segment Synopsis: Carloftis explains that he does have a septic tank, and growing up his parents were very keen in making sure the septic system was kept clean. He also goes into light detail about how his trash is taken care of.

Keywords: Garbage pick-up; Parents; Rockcastle River (Ky.); Septic systems; Septic tanks; Trash disposal

Subjects: Parents; Plumbing.; Refuse and refuse disposal; Sewerage.; Waste disposal sites

00:04:27 - Carloftis's job and PRIDE

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Partial Transcript: What is your job?

Segment Synopsis: Carloftis begins by joking about having to take out the trash, and then explains that he's currently the Judge Executive of Rockcastle County. He discusses his role in working with PRIDE, and goes on to explain that he was pushing for environmental and cleanliness efforts before PRIDE even existed. He also expresses that PRIDE has had a great impact on the county and eastern Kentucky as a whole, and that the best way to fight pollution is with prevention rather than any other method. Carloftis also explains that education is difficult, but is another great way to enact prevention.

Keywords: Businesses; Cleanliness; Community; Congressman Hal Rogers; County judge executives; Dumps; Fiscal courts; Garbage; Garbage pick-up; Hal Rogers; Illegal dumps; Personal Responsibility in a Desirable Environment (PRIDE); Prevention; Roadside dumps; Rogers, Hal; Trash disposal

Subjects: Business enterprises; Children; Cleanliness; Communities; Education; Educators; Environmental education; Environmental protection; Environmentalism; Law enforcement; Litter (Trash); Perry County (Ky.); Pollution.; Refuse and refuse disposal; Rockcastle County (Ky.); Rogers, Harold, 1937-; Waste disposal sites

00:11:53 - Cleaner and safer Rockcastle County

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Partial Transcript: What do you feel needs to be done for a cleaner and safer environment in your community?

Segment Synopsis: Carloftis reiterates that the best way to create a cleaner and safer community is to have a mandatory trash pick-up and to instill a pride for the community in the members of the community.

Keywords: Cleanliness; Garbage; Garbage pick-up

Subjects: Education; Environmental education; Environmental protection; Environmentalism; Litter (Trash); Refuse and refuse disposal

00:12:47 - Recycling and landfills

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Partial Transcript: Do you think that peop--everybody should have a recycling tub?

Segment Synopsis: Carloftis talks about the business of recycling and why it can be difficult to implement. Yet, he still thinks that it's worthwhile as landfills ultimately destroy the land. He also talks about the value of landfills in archaeology.

Keywords: Archaeology; Businesses; Chemical waste; Chemicals; Cost; Dumps; Free market; Glass; Landfills; Plastics

Subjects: Business enterprises; Environmental protection; Environmentalism; Recycling (Waste, etc.); Refuse and refuse disposal; Sanitary landfills; Waste disposal sites

00:16:09 - Rainforests

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Partial Transcript: Do you think that, um, people should stop cutting down trees in the rainforest since half of our air comes from there?

Segment Synopsis: Carloftis compares the earth to a terrarium. He also expresses that, even with renewable resources such as timber, there is a limit to its ability to renew itself.

Keywords: Agriculture; Amazon Rainforest; Lumber; Rainforests; Terrariums; Timber

Subjects: Amazon River; Deforestation; Logging; Rain forests

00:18:01 - Straight line pipes

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Partial Transcript: Um, do you think that straight line pipes are a bad thing?

Segment Synopsis: Carloftis expresses a strong dislike for straight pipes, explaining about how bad it could get by discussing medieval hygiene.
He explains his views on ownership and Christian stewardship.

Keywords: Afterlife; Agriculture; Black plague; Bubonic plague; Death; Erosion; Families; Family; Farmers; Farms; Kin; Medieval Europe; Ownership; Pipes; Property; Rain; Sewers; Stewardship; Straight pipe sewage systems; Straight pipes

Subjects: Black Death; Christian stewardship; Environmental management; Families; Future life; Land use; Medieval and early modern world; Plague; Rain and rainfall; Sewage; Sewerage

00:21:03 - Development over old landfills

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Partial Transcript: What do you think of people living on landfills?

Segment Synopsis: Carloftis and the interviewers briefly discuss developing housing on top of landfills, and problems that can happen with it (specifically citing Love Canal, New York).

Keywords: Housing developments; Illness; Landfills; Love Canal (Niagara Falls, N.Y.); Subdivisions; Toxic waste

Subjects: Diseases; Hazardous wastes; Housing; Love Canal Chemical Waste Landfill (Niagara Falls, N.Y.); Refuse and refuse disposal; Sanitary landfills

00:22:05 - Christmas presents

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Partial Transcript: This is kind of, a totally different theory, but, I've always wondered this ca--question, and I know that Callie's family does this too.

Segment Synopsis: Carloftis and the interviewers discuss Christmas presents, gift giving, and then end the interview.

Keywords: Christianity; Family; Frugal; Gift giving; Wastefulness

Subjects: Christmas; Commercialism; Families; Gifts; Jesus Christ; Thriftiness