Blame EPA not Kentucky Power
I read with interest the opinion of The Independent on the closing of the Big Sandy power plant. I agree with The Independent on its overall view.
However, I must disagree with State Rep. Rocky Adkins. His disappointment is misplaced. The Big Sandy power plant was doing just fine and minding its own business while providing a necessary service to this region of the state as well as generating many good paying jobs. Then a non-elected agency of the federal government decided to get involved.
This agency has been the major cause of many American jobs to disappear or move overseas. That agency is the EPA. His disappointment should not be with Kentucky Power but with the federal government allowing the EPA to run roughshod over Kentucky businesses. He should also be disappointed in himself and his fellow elected officials in the state government for allowing the federal government to decide what is best for the state of Kentucky.
He could have put up a much more vigorous fight in defense of a vital source of power and employment. A business cannot be expected to just eat millions of dollars in costs just because a federal agency decides that this particular business is their next target for destruction. I’m disappointed Mr. Adkins, but not with Kentucky Power.
Tim Hodges, Flatwoods
Phyllis Palin was great influence
I read with much interest the article in Sunday’s Independent (Dec. 29) about Phyllis Palin, so finely written by guest columnist W. Thomas Bunch.
Phyllis was the choral music director at Ashland High during the 1950s. Apparently there had never been a boys chorus until she arrived there in 1956, and she had no trouble getting recruits, given the fact that she was a beautiful young woman in her 20s.
She certainly had an impact on my musical interest when she chose me and three classmates — Mike Barber, Roger Broughton and Chuck Patterson — to form a boys quartet. She molded us into a group that won superior ratings in vocal music performance on both regional and state levels.
We were each offered music scholarships at Marshall University, which none of us accepted, and Phyllis Palin entertained the prospect of "going on the road" as our manager if we should decide to go professional. Again, none of us wanted music as a career, but the exposure to vocal harmony which she gave us provided a lifetime of musical appreciation and pleasure.
Mike Barber and I, along with two other friends, prolonged that interest well into our advanced age as we performed for years with the local jazz/easy-listening vocal group, Old Friends.
Bill Martin, Ashland