Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)


February 7, 2013

In Your View


ASHLAND — 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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  • PAUL CHITWOOD: Ruling on same-sex marriage defies state constitution

    News that U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn once again usurped the will of Kentucky voters is tragic and disappointing. By declaring gay marriage legal in the commonwealth, Heyburn defied the essential, foundational governing document that ensures order and justice, the Constitution of Kentucky.

    July 8, 2014

  • More difficult

    In a state like Kentucky with the number of adults who have not graduated from high school is much higher than the national average, undereducated adults have been encouraged to earn high-school equivalency degrees by studying for, taking and passing the General Educational Development (GED) test.

    May 22, 2014

  • Primary election sends messages

    The voters — or at least the minority who took the time to go to the polls Tuesday — have spoken, with Boyd County voters sending mixed messages in the county-wide races that gathered the most attention.

    May 21, 2014

  • Click it or Ticket

    "Click it or Ticket” is a phrase used so often in recent years most of us hardly give it a thought.

    May 21, 2014

  • Top trooper

    Thumbs up to Trooper First Class Shane Goodall of Flatwoods for being named 2013 Trooper of the Year for Kentucky.

    May 20, 2014

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    Local news

    May 18, 2014

  • Magolene S. Fraley 1929-2014

    Magolene Spears Fraley, 84, of Wurtland, died Saturday in Community Hospice Care Center in Ashland.

    May 17, 2014

  • Business grant

    Morehead State graduate student Kayla Keeton, who received her undergraduate degree from MSU last spring and is now studying for her MBA at the school, has received a $5,111 grant from the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development to help her start Belles of the Bluegrass, a high-tech wedding planning business.

    May 16, 2014

  • Recovery Fest celebrates kicking addiction

    The wet weather no doubt impacted the size of the crowd at Saturday’s Recovery Fest 2014 at Veterans Riverfront Park in Ashland, but there were plenty of reasons for addicts who are now drug free to celebrate and for speakers like State Sen. Robin Webb, D-Grayson, and others to talk about the impact the prescription drug epidemic has had on this region and for others to distribute literature and offer words of encouragement that could convince some to seek help in their battle with their drug addictions.

    May 13, 2014

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    Letters to the editor:

    May 13, 2014