Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

January 18, 2014

In Your View

The Independent

ASHLAND — Heard too much on ‘Bridge Gate’

I watch the news and marvel at Bridge Gate, as it's been termed, in New Jersey. The governor either knew about the closures or he didn't. If he did, then present the evidence and let the people of New Jersey do what they wish to do about him. If he didn't know, then move on to more important things in the world.

Like I said, on every channel I turn to, there is depth reports or some talking head pontificating about the legal and moral aspects of the lane closures. You would think the governor had let four Americans die overseas but, of course, the latter is just “old” news.

And to think one of the big problems in today's society is the demise of the old established print and television news media. The non-coverage of four dead Americans and the over-coverage of a few inconvenienced commuters goes a long way in showing why the world is moving in the direction it is with cable and Internet news.

Gaylord Cooper, South Shore

King transformed America for good

Each year's Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a time to reflect on and celebrate Dr. King's short, servant-filled, prophetic life. In a time frame spanning about 13 years (1955-1968), King, along with others, led a civil rights movement which transformed America into being better than many Americans wanted it to be. The movement succeeded because love and non-violence were positive means used to achieve successful ends. Love and non-violence never fail.

Martin Luther King Jr. was much more than just a great civil rights leader.  In the last years of his much-too-short life, he spoke prophetically about poverty in America, called for economic justice, was outspoken in his opposition to our country's role in the Vietnam War. Like the true prophet he was, King spoke truth to the powers that be.

In America today we are still dealing, or not dealing, with poverty, economic justice and war issues. We can be sure that if Dr. King had not been taken out by an assassin’s bullet at the age of 39, he would have continued being a drum major for justice and peace.

At the time of his death, King was still evolving. He taught us so much; we will never know what more he might have taught us. For he always appealed to the “better angels of humankind's nature.”

Martin Luther King Jr. was a God-given gift to America and the world. I am glad I lived during most of King’s life and am thankful for the years, though few in number, we had him. The best way we can please God and honor Dr. King is to do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with our God.

 Paul L. Whiteley Sr., Louisville


Womack wants to make difference

My friends in Bellefonte, Flatwoods, Argillite and Kenwood have an opportunity to vote for a candidate for constable in District 3 who wants to do something different while holding that office. Tammie Womack wants to make that office community driven in order to work with the youth living in that district to share with them  that drugs are not the answer.

Tammie Womack worked with the Ashland Police Department as an intern and was very active with our community service programs as a volunteer in our DARE program, National Night Out and Crime Prevention. She demonstrated a great interest in those programs and she wants to share that knowledge with those living in Greenup County District 3. Please consider this when you vote in May.

Tom Kelley, Retired police chief, Ashland