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
Good ideas need not be expensive
By a thread
It took some last-minute political maneuvering by State Rep. Tanya Pullin, D-South Shore and some skilled wheeling and dealing to prevent a bill important to AK Steel in Ashland from ending up on the scrapheap of the 2014 Kentucky General Assembly.
Along the river
Here’s hoping the weather will be as close to perfect as possible on the evening of May 30, as members of the Paul G. Blazer High School class of 2014 gather on the banks of Ohio River for the school’s first graduation on the river that has helped fuel this community’s economy since the time when it was known as known as Poage’s Landing.
Morehead State University is using a highly successful program for outstanding high school juniors and seniors at Western Kentucky University to launch a similar program beginning in the fall of 2015 on the MSU campus.
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'Waited too long'
Lt. Garlin Murl Conner left the U.S. Army as the second-most decorated soldier during World War II, earning four Silver Stars, four Bronze Stars, seven Purple Hearts and the Distinguished Service Cross for his actions during 28 straight months in combat.
Enact HB 3
The National Rx Drug Abuse Summit is under way hundreds of miles from eastern Kentucky in Orlando, Fla., but the three-day conference which runs through Thursday, was organized by Operation UNITE, the eastern Kentucky anti-drug group that knows all too well the devastating impact the prescription drug epidemic continues to have on this region.
State officials cease efforts to stop advance of ash borer
Kentucky’s war against the tiny emerald ash borer responsible for already killing more than 25 million ash trees in the eastern United States has ended in surrender — by state officials, not the tiny insect.
Demise of apparel industry in Kentucky continues
The steady demise of the once thriving clothing industry in small Kentucky towns continues with the latest factory to announce it is shutting down being one of the largest: Fruit of the Loom has announced it is closing its last remaining plant in Jamestown, a move that eventually will see the elimination of more than 600 jobs in the small town near Lake Cumberland.
None on ballot
The 2014 Kentucky General Assembly considered an unusually high number of proposed amendments to the Kentucky Constitution on such issues as casino gambling, the restoration of voting rights for convicted felons and the elimination of state and local elected offices.
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