Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)


January 7, 2014

In Your View

ASHLAND — 9 kids would be hard to overlook

The story The Independent printed concerning the arrest of the mother and father of  nine children living in unbearable conditions should bring shame to all the neighbors and acquaintances in the Rowan County community.

At least someone reported the conditions and got the kids help before it was too late. The circumstances of the parents are unknown as of yet but the people in their community should have come forward with help of any sort before the children had to be split up and taken from the parents and home.

The neighbor who gave water and food while meaning well and doing a good deed should have gone to the home and checked on things before circumstances became so dire. The neighbors, the church, friends and family should be deeply ashamed of themselves for allowing nine young children to suffer as long as they did.

If I have spoken unfairly, I am truly sorry but it seems to me nine kids in poverty would be hard to overlook.

Cliff Stapleton, Ashland

We can identify with the Jews

Never doubt the right of existence of the Jews, but rather give them recognition as the nation through which the Word of God has come to us: “What advantage, then, is there in being a Jew. First of all, they have been entrusted with the very words of God. What if some did not have faith? Will their lack of faith nullify God’s faithfulness? Not at all!" (Romans 3:1-4 NIV).

There has always been a faithful remnant in Israel with whom we can identify spiritually, while ever reaching out to the unfaithful ones. If you are a believer, please remember the Jewish roots of your religion.

“And since Abraham and the prophets are God’s people, their children will be too. For if the roots of the tree are holy, the branches will be holy too: But some of these branches from Abraham’s tree have been broken. And the Gentiles, who were branches from a wild olive tree, were grafted in. So now we, too, receive the blessing God has promised Abraham and his children, sharing in God's rich nourishment of His own special olive tree” (Romans 11:16-17)

Being a partaker of the blessings offered to Israel should arouse a tremendous love in the hearst of all Gentiles towards the Jews. God was willing to take us who were so far away from him, being part of a wild olive tree, and graft us into his good tree e will be ready to put the Jews back again, where they belong?... Yes, it is true that some of the Jews have set themselves against the Gospel, but this will last only until all of the Gentiles have come to Christ — those of you who will. And then all Israel will be saved" (Romans 11:24-26 LB).

Charles W Holbrook, Flatwoods

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  • Along the river

    Here’s hoping the weather will be as close to perfect as possible on the evening of May 30, as members of the Paul G. Blazer High School class of 2014 gather on the banks of Ohio River for the school’s first graduation on the river that has helped fuel this community’s economy since the time when it was known as known as Poage’s Landing.

    April 22, 2014

  • Good opportunity

    Morehead State University is using a highly successful program for outstanding high school juniors and seniors at Western Kentucky University to launch a similar program beginning this fall on the MSU campus.

    April 20, 2014

  • What's next?

    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‚Äąregion 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

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    April 3, 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