Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

December 22, 2013

In Your View

The Independent

ASHLAND — Keep education as top priority

Kentucky and many other states have a current financial future that is bleak. The reality is more money is needed than is available. Its a supply-and-demand issue — the demand is much greater than the supply, Some say this is a spending problem; others say it’s a revenue problem. If the truth be known, it’s somewhere in the middle.

“Somewhere in the middle” is the point of this letter. Somewhere in the middle of a spending problem versus a revenue problem is the place where the most important issues exist. It’s the place where 99 percent of Kentuckians live and work. “Somewhere in the middle” are real families who are affected by the decisions of the governor and our legislators. “Somewhere in the middle” are Kentucky’s youngest children who are and will be affected by the decisions made in Frankfort.

It may sound a bit cliche but our youngest citizens will soon be the next generation of adult citizens. I know the governor wants to provide opportunities for every child to grow and learn throughout their lives. There’s a chance that a toddler now enrolled in a quality child care program may be a Kentucky governor in 40 or 50 years. There’s an even great chance that a child in preschool today will become Kentucky Teacher of the Year or even National Teacher of th Year. Will every child want to grow up to be governor or teacher of the year or a gifted researcher? Of course not. However, shouldn’t every child be given an equal chance to be and do all that they are capable of doing and achieving?  

I offer this challenge to Gov. Steve Beshear: As you approach a new legislative session and must make difficult funding  decisions, please make investments in education from delivery to diploma a top priority.

Bradley Stevenson, Executive director, Child Care Council of Kentucky Inc.

Social Secutity not a bargaining chip

Social Secuirty should never have been put on the chopping block as bargaining chips in the ongoing budget negotiations.

It appears they are targeting the the hand that rocks the cradle, especially women whose lower income and longer lifespans make the more reliant on earned benefits than any other goup of of benfeficiaries, We are one of the targets since we have outlived our usefulness.

Kitty Kouns, Ashland

Greenup officer was a big help

 I was at the Greenup County Courthouse getting my vehicle tagged when I inadvertently locked my keys in the car.

It was pouring down the rain. I enlisted help from some of the staff at the courthouse, and the next thing you know, Roger Russell of the Greenup City Police Department pulled up behind my car. He offered me the warmth and protection of his vehicle. He got soaking wet while successfully unlocking my car.

I was very impressed at how the police department and, in particular Mr. Russell, displayed community assistance and respect for the citizens of Greenup.

Gloria Spurlock, Greenup

The word needs divine celebration

The Christmas season is a time of celebration, a season of gladness and joy. But, many people are devoid of the joyful spirit of celebration. The obvious reason for that may be that they are celebrating wrongly. They may have a lot of fun, buy joy deludes them.

They come to the end of their “holiday season” completely burnt out. Others come to the festive season with the firm intention of celebrating God’s gift of the Savior. They are determined to keep it “spiritual.” But when the season is over some are left empty also because they have spent their energies looking at and condemning others for the way in which they celebrate.

Perhaps the more balanced approach to “keep Christ in Christmas” would be to keep Christ in “ourselves” and “others” in Christ. Then Christmas will be the God-given celebration not only fulfilling for ourselves but also inspiring for others. It will then be a living testimony to what a celebration really is when it is what God made it to be.

The world today urgently needs “divine celebration.” And no celebration is truly satisfying without God’s compassionate presence of love who loves all His creatures.

Kathleen Chamis, Ashland