Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)


January 1, 2013

In Your View


ASHLAND — Lamenting loss of coke plant

I was surprised to read that Carrie Stambaugh’s story of Dec. 27 about the improvement in local air quality made no mention of the recent closing of the AK Steel Coke Plant.

We all like having cleaner air but many, particularly the younger among us, might not appreciate the price we have paid to get here.

For nearly 100 years, the coke plant was an economic engine, providing many very well-paying jobs directly, and indirectly through their local suppliers (of which there were many) and the trickle down to other local businesses and individuals. Yes, there was pollution from it, but it was mostly mitigated in the early 1970s. The people of Ashland tolerated the pollution in exchange for higher overall economic security and well being, and the overall raise in the quality of life.

Meeting the new standard will allow us to try to attract new business more easily, but our area would have been better served by preserving the bird in hand as having to chase after the two in the bush. If we haven’t passed the tipping point of cost versus benefits on getting that last few percentage points of pollution, we sure are on the edge.

Doug Crawford, Ashland

Fairview schools in good hands

I recently attended a talent program at Fairview Elementary with students performing.

I commend the faculty for a wonderful job well done. You could see the love these teachers have for their students and the pride they shared.

Becki Musick is to be complimented for her hard but loving work she put into this.

Fairview schools show love and respect for the students from elementary to high school. They are very fortunate to have the leadership of Bill Musick as superintendent. I know him personally and he truly loves the students.

Wayne Wilburn, Westwood

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