Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)


January 20, 2013

In Your View


ASHLAND — Westwood can’t afford more taxes

I was on the committee that circulated utilty tax petitions in 2005 and 2006, and the Fairview Board of Education said the same thing then that it saying now about the petitions. But there was still an election, and it was legally voted down two times.

The school board said then the school district would have to shut down without the tax money, yet it has thrived and has purchased land, renovated the sports facililties and built new administration offices. The school board says the high school is in disrepair and they need to build a new school, yet a $2 million renovation is already scheduled.

When questioned about the renovation and the new school, they now say they would just build on. They are not sure what they would use the money for. 

Westwood is a small community with a small school system because the school has to be supported by tax money from a lot fewer residents than larger schools like Boyd and Greenup counties and Ashland that have a much larger population to receive tax money from. Therefore, the Westwood community cannot afford to support a large school or a large amount of students like the larger schools.

From all the talk and comments from people supporting the tax, what they like about Fairview is the small-school atmosphere. But if the school board has its way, that would not be the case for long. If they had their way, they would build a bigger school and bring more out-of-district students in and the small-school atmosphere would no longer exist. The small Westwood community cannot afford to pay more taxes. We already pay a much larger property tax rate than most districts.

Jamie Hinkle, Westwood

NRA doesn’t represent hunters

The National Rifle Association has endorsed placing armed guards in all schools, but you know, I know and they know that is not economically feasible. In line with the NRA goals of advocating for gun manufacturers, it is a great idea, though, because it would require the manufacture of many more thousands of guns, further lining the pockets of dealers and manufacturers, as well as bringing more money into the NRA coffers.

I think I may have come up with a more practical solution that would meet the goals of the NRA at little to no cost to taxpayers. We already require children going to school for the first time to be inoculated against diseases for the protection of all, so why not require each child prior to entering the first grade to undergo firearms training, whereby the student could be issued a permit to carry a firearm, and then require they carry them to school each day for their personal protection?

 How many more guns would that require? And there could also be a rule that students be required to carry only newly manufactured weapons made in the USA. Buy American to kill Americans.

 This may also create a secondary industrial boom where there will be a great need for bullet-proof vests to protect teachers and first-graders from angry first-graders.

For the record, I am a former longtime NRA member who came to realize the NRA represents the firearms industry, not the hunters.

Thomas Williams, Ashland


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