Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)


January 14, 2008

In Your View — 01/15/08

Beshear’s economic numbers questioned

If Governor Beshear is going to make up economic statistics, he ought to at least make them believable. Doing his best Chicken Little imitation, Beshear's administration cried the “"economic sky is falling” claiming state revenues were down 5.9 percent last month.

This is a totally and completely absurd. While economic growth may have slowed, the economy is still expanding and a 5.9 percent drop with a growing economy is not possible even if you are comparing the same month last year.

The economic crisis Beshear is trying to fabricate has a lot more to do with pushing casino gambling than with the state’s finances. He is trying to scare voters with draconian cuts to education and the higher tuition, job cuts and missed pay increases this will cause. The major state newspapers have turned an ideological blind eye to the new governor’s lies. In fact, they are falling all over themselves defending his misinformation.

Hopefully, Kentuckians will not be fooled.

Kent Mansfield, Ashland

South Point had first ethanol plant

I read an Associated Press report in Friday’s Independent that Ohio dedicated its first ethanol plant. Someone at the AP needed to do their homework before publishing that story.

For the record, this is not Ohio’s first ethanol production facility. That distinction goes to South Point Ethanol which was located in South Point, Ohio, a joint venture between then Ashland Oil, Inc., Ohio Farm Bureau and Publicker Inc. South Point Ethanol went online in 1982 and closed in 1995 when corn prices escalated and Ashland Oil withdrew its holdings.

Generated by coal and steam, it had an annual production rate of over 60 million gallons and employed approximately 180 people. The DDGS (Distillers Dried Grains and Soluables), a high-protein by-product of the processed corn, was sold to local farmers as an additive to the grain fed to their livestock, but most of the DDGS was sent worldwide to impoverished countries to feed undernourished people.

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  • Research's value

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    July 23, 2014

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    July 23, 2014

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    May 22, 2014

  • Primary election sends messages

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    May 21, 2014

  • Click it or Ticket

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    May 21, 2014

  • Top trooper

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    May 20, 2014

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