Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Opinion

October 9, 2012

In Your View

ASHLAND — First Friday is year-round event

As a studio-owner at the Pendleton Art Center, I am always grateful for the amount of coverage our facility and artists receive in The Independent; however, there is one misconception that appeared in a headline on the front page of the Saturday, Oct. 6 edition that needs to be addressed.

The headline “Folks flock to final First Friday until springtime” is not accurate. First Friday in an ongoing event that occurs year round. The Pendleton is always open on the First Friday of every month from 5 to 9 p.m., and other downtown galleries also participate in the monthly arts walk known as First Friday.

I believe the confusion occurs when people wrongly assume the Downtown Live events associated with First Friday during April, May, June, August, September and October are what First Friday is all about. These events, which include the car shows, inflatables and live music on the street, began as supplemental features meant to support the First Friday Arts Walk concept and are nothing more than that.

The truth is the Pendleton is always open for First Friday events, including from November through March. There is actually a benefit to attending First Friday during these months. Access to the Pendleton and other galleries is much easier since the streets aren’t closed (with the exception of December) and there is plenty of nearby parking.

Denise Spaulding, Catlettsburg

Numbers give false impression

The unemployment report at 7.8 percent with 32 days left before the election gives a false impression. Not counted were those who have stopped looking for jobs. Unemployment is closer to 14 percent, with more than 23 million Americans unemployed or underemployed.

More people are looking to the Fair Tax Plan to solve this nation's economic woes. It would (1) give every worker a full paycheck, (2) permit businesses to compete in the world market without having to pay high taxes and (3) require  current tax dodgers to pay their fair share.

Any doubters this would work need only think what would happen if everyone has a full paycheck to put back into the economy and if every business and individual did not have to pay federal income taxes or report anything to the IRS ever again.

 Roy T. Newsom, Granbury, Texas

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