Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Opinion

June 23, 2013

In Your View

ASHLAND — Good ideas need not be expensive

The population of Ashland has decreased from 30,000 in 1962 to 23,000 in 2013, mostly from lack of jobs. Decent jobs with benefits.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has destroyed several jobs in Ashland and the surrounding area.

The payroll tax was passed and the citizens grinned and beared it. We pay federal state and city payroll taxes.

This puts Ashland at a disadvantage. Some people prefer to work where there is no city tax. Now it has been increased from 1.5 to 2 percent. Manipulating the property taxes will still increase the total tax bill to each citizen.

People complain less when their taxes are not increased. Government waste and spending are a major problem in this country.

The riverfront park cost $10.5 million. Was it rally worth the cost? We have Central Park with several acres, a pond, bandstand, basebal field, concessions, flush toilets, tennis courts, volleyball courts. Summer Motion draws a lot of people and there is more space at Central Park.

The floodwall pictures are historically correct and attractive but are they worth $10,000? Why not ask high school art students to do a mural and furnish the paint? Make it a one day project. Young people enjoy contributing to updating Ashland.

The downtown area looks nice with the brick sidewalks, the planters, trees. But could the tax payers really afford it? Trees were cut down and replaced when necessary.

Ashland has Dawson Pool which is well maintained and only cost $2-$5 to swim.

Ashland has a library that provides books, computer time and many services.

The Ashland schools are excellent and provide an education for our children.

Ashland still has a lot to offer.

Maybe the leaders of Ashland need to be more frugal in their spending. Good ideas don’t have to be expensive.

This is the way to be re-elected. Each citizen has to live within their income. Government can, too.

Rosemary Stinson, Ashland

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