Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

February 7, 2013

In Your View

The Independent

ASHLAND — Ministers oppose Sunday sales

The Ashland Area Ministerial Association has discussed the initiative to allow the sale of alcohol on Sundays. After examining the issue thoroughly, we approved a resolution to oppose this initiative for several reasons.

First, we believe it’s important to place limits, small though they may be, on alcohol sales. On Sundays, many in our community choose to seek recreation in a family-friendly atmosphere. Being out in the community with at least some reduced exposure to alcohol is desirable.

Second, the negative impact of alcohol sales is well documented. The vast majority of cases of domestic violence, addiction and poverty are drug and alcohol related.

A recent report from John Hopkins found half of all homicides and 28 percent  of vehicular fatalities nationwide are alcohol related. These findings were used in an effort by local government to limit alcohol sales in New York City and Indianapolis. It is ironic that places viewed as more progressive than our city are themselves moving back to more limited alcohol sales.

Alcohol is a contributor to family breakdown, spouse and child abuse, economic waste and destroyed lives. We deal with these realities in our ministries on a regular basis.

Finally, we reject the idea our community’s future is rooted in anything other than honest hard work. We believe Ashland’s strongest assets are its family-friendly atmosphere and its men and women who rise early, work hard and deal justly with one another.

Sunday sales would be one more loss in our battle to maintain and, indeed, improve our community as a place supportive of our families and our children. Help us to provide an atmosphere where lives are cherished and valued. Please do not approve Sunday sales of alcohol.

The Rev. John Street, president, Ashland Area Ministerial Association

Closing street not about safety

This is in response to The Independent’s Jan. 28 story about the closing of Adena Street in Wurtland and its interview with Police Chief Phillip Piercy.

The chief says it was his decision alone to close this “hazardous” street.

If Piercy is worried about the safety of people, why would he recommend people living on Uhlen Branch use the Ky. 503 crossing? (Records of the June meeting verify this asinine proposal.)

The Chinns Branch and Uhlen Branch intersections are dangerous. There have been several people “T-boned” and killed or injured at these junctures in addition to numerous other wrecks.

Crossing Ky. 503 entails bridging four lanes of traffic at 55 mph or faster. When foggy or on other days with limited visibility, the danger is increased. 

The opening of the Northeast Kentucky Industrial Parkway has increased traffic on U.S. 23, especially regarding the number of heavily loaded commercial vehicles. The heavy trucks carry hazardous chemicals, fuel, acids, oil, etc., all passing near Wurtland Elementary.

This stretch of highway needs flashing lights during school hours, the speed lowered to 45 mph and traffic lights installed at these intersections.

The opening of the new Russell-Ironton bridge will only increase traffic in this area. A car or a school bus loaded with children is going to be in an accident. It’s not if, but when.

Chief Piercy’s “study” of his hazardous “run in the ditch survey” pales in comparison with the danger he and the city are placing my daughter and three grandchildren in. Is a little inconvenience worth the life of a single person or child? The concern of the people living on Ky. 503 has always been a safety issue, nothing more and nothing less.

Earl Ferguson, Wurtland  

U.S. helps arm child soldiers

The logic of President Obama’s gun control policy is I need to jump through hoops to make sure I’m not a threat to children, but it is somehow in the national interest of the United States to provide weapons and training to foreign nations that use child soldiers.

I really have a hard time understanding this policy. None of us would want our 12-year-old sons or daughters going off to war, but the United States wants to give money to countries that don’t have a problem with that.

Gaylord Cooper, South Shore

Legalizing pot is long overdue

What a nation of hypocrites we Americans have become. While our elected officials use tragedies like the massacre of schoolchildren to push for gun control, ignoring the Second Amendment, Jan. 22 marked the anniversary of an atrocity equal to the Holocaust and all the war dead in all our American wars plus all murders.

I am referring to the premeditated slaughter of millions of children as a result of the Roe v. Wade ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court. We will never know what wonderful people — maybe even a few presidents — we have lost in this slaughter, maybe even someone who could have cured cancer. I believe the so-called “justices” who made this decision possible should be tried for crimes against humanity, as well as those who continue to uphold it.

In regards to Kenneth Hart’s superb column on legalizing hemp and marijuana, right on! With all due respect to our law enforcement officers, legalization would take all the profit out of pot brought in from Mexico and elsewhere. People who are disabled and own small acreage and can’t get out to check it would not have to worry about dope heads crossing property lines to plant it on someone else’s land. Farmers, loggers and hunters would not take their lives into their hands every time they went into the woods to make an honest living.

Common-sense legalization is long overdue.

Evonne Henderson, Olive HIll


FairTax bill would create jobs

America works when Americans work. We have driven out of America millions of jobs over the last 30 years because we can’t compete with countries with lower costs of doing business. Our wages, benefits, regulations, taxes, etc. all contribute to driving up the cost of doing business.

Consequently, jobs go elsewhere. There is a bill in Congress, HR 25, that resurrects America as arguably the most cost competitive place to do business in the world, the FairTax bill. No more federal tax on income. Your gross pay is your take-home pay. Taxes to fund the government are generated by taxing consumption of new goods and services. To help citizens pay this tax on basic goods and services, a prebate is paid monthly to all legal Americans.

No favors for special interests; everyone is treated the same. Manufacturers worldwide would flock to the United States to build factories. Good-paying jobs return. Call your congressman today and ask him to support the bill.

Anthony Gasbarro, Fairhope, Ala., agasbarro49@gmail.com

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