Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)


December 22, 2013

In Your View


ASHLAND — 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


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    News that U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn once again usurped the will of Kentucky voters is tragic and disappointing. By declaring gay marriage legal in the commonwealth, Heyburn defied the essential, foundational governing document that ensures order and justice, the Constitution of Kentucky.

    July 8, 2014

  • 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

    Local news

    May 18, 2014

  • Magolene S. Fraley 1929-2014

    Magolene Spears Fraley, 84, of Wurtland, died Saturday in Community Hospice Care Center in Ashland.

    May 17, 2014

  • 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

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    Letters to the editor:

    May 13, 2014