Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

September 15, 2013

In Your View

CNHI News Service

FRANKFORT — A free way to get ready for college

There was an editorial article on the opinion-commentary page of The Independent on Friday, Aug. 23, headined:  “More to do...Too many high school grads are unprepared for college.”

This letter is to provide some additional information for the public to use, especially for those who are unprepared for college.

The state of Kentucky funds an Adult Education program in each of the 120 counties in the state. The Boyd County Adult Education program has been in existence since 1972, and is located on the Ashland Community & Technical College Drive Campus at 1400 College Drive. We are in room 167. Our hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 5 to 8 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday. Our phone numbers are (606) 326-2457 or (606) 326-2437.

Because we are funded by the state, all of our services are free. Part of the services that we offer is refresher courses for those wanting to enter college. College entrance exams cover reading, math and language. We refresh prospective college students in all three of those areas. We complete an assessment to see if they are ready to take the college entrance exam.

So if you are thinking about going to college, come work with us in order to make sure you are prepared to take the college entrance exam.

Other services that we offer are GED preparation, National Career Readiness Certification, Employment refresher, English as a second language classes, and Reading enhancement classes.

Remember, our services are all free. We are located at ACTC in room 167.

Penny Qualls, Interim director of Adult Learning Center, Ashland Community and Technical College

Changes needed at Greenup shelter

In the story about open house at the Greenup Animal Shelter, there was no input from the Greenup County residents who are accused by Judge-Executive Bobby Carpenter of spreading false rumors about the shelter. This will give another point of view.

Animals at the Greenup shelter were laying in their own feces and urine, and I, not a paid employee or an actual shelter volunteer, set up a karunda bed fundraising drive for the shelter animals. Unbiased shelter experts have visited this shelter and made recommendations that should be implemented.

Several concerned Greenup County residents have offered to volunteer their time by cleaning, walking dogs, and assisting with photographing animals. They were turned away.

Volunteers not affiliated with the shelter have rescued more than 300 animals from the Greenup Shelter since January. The very volunteers who have helped rescue Greenup animals are also the ones speaking out about shelter conditions and contacting organizations seeking changes. Yet, they’re told by an elected official to “open their eyes and shut their mouths.” That comment by Bobby Carpenter is truly insulting to volunteers. I’m unable to keep silent after reading an article where a politician seemingly assumes the locals of Greenup County are too ignorant to see past the political bragging to find the actual truth.

I ask Greenup County residents to go to the Greenup shelter open house and ask questions about where their tax dollars are spent. Question why animals are taken in from other counties when the Greenup shelter is small and barely able to house all the animals from Greenup County. Voice your concerns about the shelter being unwilling to cooperate with volunteers and rescues to lower the amount of animals.  Question this county run facility and be a voice for these animals.

Nichelle Howell, Raceland

Meeting todayn on Raceland tax

For those of you living in the Raceland- Worthington School District and paying school taxes, the Raceland-Worthington Board of Education has proposed that your taxes be raised.

There is a public meeting at the old high school (gym) at 1:30 p.m. today. I sincerely encourage you to attend to hear the proposed rate increase and why the board deems it necessary.  Then you also let them know your opinion.

 Vicki Ruby, Raceland taxpayer

Trio provides lessons on safety

As a UK Extension Homemaker and chairperson of Safety & Management, I recently helped organize  “Senior Safety Day” at the extension office inviting the best trio to teach how to keep safe.

Circuit judge George W. Davis III spoke first. He went over so many ways we can be hurt, from being scammed by people who claim to be helping you to funeral scams.

Next Rocky Adkins, our awesome state representative, told us what to do and what to look for in this electronic world, the many ways we can set ourselves up for losing everything we have. For instance, a family went on vacation. They went on Facebook to let family and friends know what a great time they were having. The wrong people read it on Facebook, found out that no one was home, went in the house and stole everything. Rocky is not a big fan of this electronic age, especially Facebook; he still loves the personal touch.

The last of the trio, Lt. Terry Clark of the Catlettsburg Police Department, talked about home invasions and burglary. He had great tips on how to defend yourself. One of his favorites is pepper spray; use it to blind your assailant so you can get away. The trick is to run and get help.

I wish I could give you everything they said. Our trio of heroes all said they work for us. Rocky Adkins and our Legislature make the laws so we can take these people off the street, Judge Davis enforces the laws and makes it possible to put them away so they can’t hurt anyone again and Lt. Terry Clark is there to actually catch these bad people.

Here’s some numbers you may need. For an emergency call (606) 329-0800, (606) 329-9911, (606) 329-2191, and for the state troopers (606) 928-6421.

Linda Greene, Ashland