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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  • More difficult

    In a state like Kentucky with the number of adults who have not graduated from high school is much higher than the national average, undereducated adults have been encouraged to earn high-school equivalency degrees by studying for, taking and passing the General Educational Development (GED) test.

    May 22, 2014

  • Primary election sends messages

    The voters — or at least the minority who took the time to go to the polls Tuesday — have spoken, with Boyd County voters sending mixed messages in the county-wide races that gathered the most attention.

    May 21, 2014

  • Click it or Ticket

    "Click it or Ticket” is a phrase used so often in recent years most of us hardly give it a thought.

    May 21, 2014

  • Top trooper

    Thumbs up to Trooper First Class Shane Goodall of Flatwoods for being named 2013 Trooper of the Year for Kentucky.

    May 20, 2014

  • 05/18/2014 — This Week in the Tri-State

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    May 18, 2014

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    John and Eva Greene of Greenup are proud to announce the engagement of their daughter, Stacey Nicole Greene, to Jonathan Wesley Lounsberry.

    May 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Business grant

    Morehead State graduate student Kayla Keeton, who received her undergraduate degree from MSU last spring and is now studying for her MBA at the school, has received a $5,111 grant from the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development to help her start Belles of the Bluegrass, a high-tech wedding planning business.

    May 16, 2014

  • Recovery Fest celebrates kicking addiction

    The wet weather no doubt impacted the size of the crowd at Saturday’s Recovery Fest 2014 at Veterans Riverfront Park in Ashland, but there were plenty of reasons for addicts who are now drug free to celebrate and for speakers like State Sen. Robin Webb, D-Grayson, and others to talk about the impact the prescription drug epidemic has had on this region and for others to distribute literature and offer words of encouragement that could convince some to seek help in their battle with their drug addictions.

    May 13, 2014

  • McGinnis great choice for ACTC keynote speaker

    Dr. Dwayne McGinnis will be the keynote speaker at Friday night’s Ashland Community and Technical College’s graduation ceremonies, and we can’t think of a better person to inspire graduates to go beyond the degrees they will earn from ACTC. After all, that is exactly what McGinnis did.

    May 5, 2014

  • Aiding classmates

    May 5, 2014