Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Editorials

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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    While virtually all cities in northeastern Kentucky provide their residents with some utility services — water and sewer, mainly, and sometimes natural gas — to the best of our knowledge, Olive Hill is the only town in the FIVCO region with its own electrical company.
     

    April 13, 2014

  • 'Waited too long'

    Lt. Garlin Murl Conner left the U.S. Army as the second-most decorated soldier during World War II, earning four Silver Stars, four Bronze Stars, seven Purple Hearts and the Distinguished Service Cross for his actions during 28 straight months in combat.

    April 12, 2014

  • Enact HB 3

    The National Rx Drug Abuse Summit is under way hundreds of miles from eastern Kentucky in Orlando, Fla., but the three-day conference which runs through Thursday, was organized by Operation UNITE, the eastern Kentucky anti-drug group that knows all too well the devastating impact the prescription drug epidemic continues to have on this region.

    April 11, 2014

  • State officials cease efforts to stop advance of ash borer

    Kentucky’s war against the tiny emerald ash borer responsible for already killing more than 25 million ash trees in the eastern United States has ended in surrender — by state officials, not the tiny insect.

    April 8, 2014

  • Demise of apparel industry in Kentucky continues

    The steady demise of the once thriving clothing industry in small Kentucky towns continues with the latest factory to announce it is shutting down being one of the largest: Fruit of the Loom has announced it is closing its last remaining plant in Jamestown, a move that eventually will see the elimination of more than 600 jobs in the small town near Lake Cumberland.

    April 7, 2014

  • None on ballot

    The 2014 Kentucky General Assembly considered an unusually high number of proposed amendments to the Kentucky Constitution on such issues as casino gambling, the restoration of voting rights for convicted felons and the elimination of state and local elected offices.

    April 4, 2014

  • Time runs out

    Two bills proposed by House Majority Leader Rocky Adkins and designed to boost the economy of this region have apparently died in the Kentucky Senate after being approved by the House of Representatives. Despite easily being approved by the Democratic-controlled House, neither bill was even brought up for a vote by the Republican-controlled Senate.

    April 2, 2014

  • Time runs out

    Two bills proposed by House Majority Leader Rocky Adkins and designed to boost the economy of this region have apparently died in the Kentucky Senate after being approved by the House of Representatives. Despite easily being approved by the Democratic-controlled House, neither bill was even brought up for a vote by the Republican-controlled Senate.

    April 2, 2014

  • Dismal numbers

    The good news is that the health ratings of all but two area counties improved in the latest ranking of the state’s 120 counties. However, before we pat ourselves on the back for those improvements, the overall health of residents of counties in northeast Kentucky remains rather dismal. Yes, we are improving but we still have a long, long way to go.

    April 2, 2014

  • Kentucky losing many of its old barns

    Many of those of us who are old enough to remember traveling on two-lane highways  have fond memories of the role barns played in keeping us informed. By reading advertisements painted on roadside barns, we learned about Mail Pouch chewing tobacco and Rock City and Lookout Mountain in Chattanooga, Tenn.

    March 26, 2014