Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)


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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  • 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