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
PAUL CHITWOOD: Ruling on same-sex marriage defies state constitution
News that U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn once again usurped the will of Kentucky voters is tragic and disappointing. By declaring gay marriage legal in the commonwealth, Heyburn defied the essential, foundational governing document that ensures order and justice, the Constitution of Kentucky.
In a state like Kentucky with the number of adults who have not graduated from high school is much higher than the national average, undereducated adults have been encouraged to earn high-school equivalency degrees by studying for, taking and passing the General Educational Development (GED) test.
Primary election sends messages
The voters — or at least the minority who took the time to go to the polls Tuesday — have spoken, with Boyd County voters sending mixed messages in the county-wide races that gathered the most attention.
Click it or Ticket
"Click it or Ticket” is a phrase used so often in recent years most of us hardly give it a thought.
Thumbs up to Trooper First Class Shane Goodall of Flatwoods for being named 2013 Trooper of the Year for Kentucky.
05/18/2014 — This Week in the Tri-State
Magolene S. Fraley 1929-2014
Magolene Spears Fraley, 84, of Wurtland, died Saturday in Community Hospice Care Center in Ashland.
Morehead State graduate student Kayla Keeton, who received her undergraduate degree from MSU last spring and is now studying for her MBA at the school, has received a $5,111 grant from the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development to help her start Belles of the Bluegrass, a high-tech wedding planning business.
Recovery Fest celebrates kicking addiction
The wet weather no doubt impacted the size of the crowd at Saturday’s Recovery Fest 2014 at Veterans Riverfront Park in Ashland, but there were plenty of reasons for addicts who are now drug free to celebrate and for speakers like State Sen. Robin Webb, D-Grayson, and others to talk about the impact the prescription drug epidemic has had on this region and for others to distribute literature and offer words of encouragement that could convince some to seek help in their battle with their drug addictions.
In Your View 5/13/14
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