Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

June 23, 2013

In Your View

The Independent

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

Farm bill would increase hunger

We need to do something about what’s happening in Congress.

The House is poised to vote on the Farm Bill. The bill would cut SNAP, or food stamps, by $20.5 billion. That’s 8 billion meals that will be lost over the next 10 years. To put it in perspective, 8 billion meals is the equivalent of the entire Feeding America network of food banks shutting its doors for two and a half years. We can’t let the House pass this bill. Not on our watch.

Please call your congressman in in the U.S. House of Representatives and deliver this simple message: As your constituent, I am asking you to vote against the House farm bill due to the cuts to SNAP. With so many families still struggling to put food on the table, it is important to protect and strengthen programs like SNAP and TEFAP. I understand the need to reduce the deficit, but increasing hunger is not the way to do it.”

Brett Weisel, Director of Advocacy, Feeding America

RHS class of 1983 needs addresses

The Russell High School class of 1983 is planning a reunion for Aug. 30-31 and is looking for classmates. If you are a member of the class or know someone who is, please send name, address and phone number to missystaton@hotmail.com or telephone (859) 492-1083.

Your help will be greatly appreciated.

Missy Staton, Class of 1983, Russell High School