Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Opinion

October 28, 2012

In Your View

ASHLAND — Sam Piatt is ‘next great laureate’

The other day I sat down to read more of Sam Piatt’s tales of backwoodsmen and fishers of similar ilk. As I read with the jealously of a wish-I-could writer, he spun the story, wrapped it in fall foliage and brought another warm evening respite to the reader.

I thought how much Jesse Stuart would have enjoyed Sam’s work and might have been his best friend if he were still around. Lo and behold, near the end of Sam’s article, he also began to write of Jesse Stuart.

I never met “The Man With the Bull Tongue Plow,” but I met Sam once. He and other writers were recollecting and exaggerating down at Soc Clay’s shed. I may have drank a little too much of John and OC’s martinis, but I could have sworn Jesse was sitting between Soc and Sam laughing the laugh of an old worn friend.

I hope folks in the area realize as they read Sam’s work, they are living in the time of our next great laureate.

Douglas Lee Davis, Lucasville

New mayor needs Spriggs, Duley

I was glad to see that Thursday’s paper included some of the remarks by Mayor-elect Chuck Charles who set the stage for candidates to follow along the theme of “Ashland, the City of Choice”. Unfortunately, if the four incumbents are re-elected Charles’ goals for Ashland won’t not be achieved.

My impression of these four men was “la-la land” while I listened to their remarks. They want Main Street to overcome all of its obstacles to expand downtown business without allowing Sunday alcohol sales. They want promoters to schedule alcohol-free events in the Veterans Riverfront Park knowing none have done so in the two years it’s been open.

If Chuck Charles is to be a successful mayor with his goals set for the city, then voters must elect Cheryl Spriggs and Tim Duley as commissioners to support him. Otherwise Ashland will continue to languish.

William B. Secrest, Argentum     

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