Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)


November 18, 2012

In Your View


ASHLAND — Hydrants now, equipment later

Thursday’s Independent had a story by Ronnie Ellis on the subject of Kentucky Auditor Adam Edelen’s conclusion that the unregulated taxing districts spend as much as the total of education expenses. While we are waiting for legislation, we should examine where we are and make recommendations to our elected officials. For simplicity I will address only the volunteer fire departments (which I have done previously in this same forum and the fiscal court).

From the auditor’s data, we see that out of 195 fire departments only three in the state were in full compliance of (1) responding to his survey, (2) submitting a budget, (3) complying with UFIR (Uniform Financial Information Reports) and (4) submitting an audit. None of those three were located in our area.

My issue is not what they failed to submit to the authorities, but what they failed to submit to their taxing citizens — fire hydrants!

I believe all of these units have the worst fire rating of 10, the maximum. If they spent their tax dollars on borrowed money for fire hydrants instead of the most modern, new equipment, they could slowly, area by area, under a master plan, install fire hydrants to get those areas down to a 6 rating, saving the local homeowners about 40 percent of their home insurance premiums.

This is what the legislators should address in their proposed legislation; the fire units plans to get a better fire rating now, not newer equipment now. Hydrants now, equipment later.

William B Secrest, Argentum

Is America still a friend of Israel?

Is the U.S.A. still a friend of Israel?

The Bible gives very clear directions to the nations, particularly to the Christians, about their conduct and responsibilities toward Israel.

If this advice is heeded, God promises to bless both parties — the giver and the recipient. These directions are mostly given in the imperative form and are therefore commands.

If you want to know God’s will regarding your relationship with Israel, and at the same time secure blessings for yourself and your nation, then do these things first. Bless them, in the beginning, with the calling of Abraham, God said,  “I will bless those who bless you (Israel), and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed” (Genesis 12:3).

To bless somebody is to ask God’s favor or protection for him. Those who are against God also turn against his people: “Those who hate you have taken crafty counsel against your people, they have said: Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation, that the name of Israel be remembered no more” (Psalms 83:2—4). (Iran now says this.)

Do you want to enjoy the blessings of the Lord? Then serve Him with all your heart and bless His people, do not curse them as many nations now so do!

“Comfort, My people!” says God. Speak comfort to Jerusalem.” (Is. 40:1—2). To be in comfort is the state of being free from anxiety or suffering, and having ones physical needs satisfied. Is the U.S.A. comforting the people of Israel who are experiencing anxiety in a hostile region, and are victims of an international campaign of anti-Semitism, and who also experience financial hardships and unemployment in their own small country?

Charles W. Holbrook, Flatwoods

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