Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

July 3, 2013

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The Independent

ASHLAND — Summer Motion food drive tonight

A 19-year Summer Motion tradition of helping feed the hungry will continue this year. In 1994, the Ashland Breakfast Kiwanis Club launched a food drive with Kiwanians and River City Harvest volunteers collecting food and donations from those attending the riverfront concerts.

The 2013 Summer Motion food drive will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. tonight. Concertgoers are asked to bring non-perishable food items such as peanut butter, canned tuna, boxed macaroni and cheese and other high-protein foods. Any food donation is appreciated. The food will be distributed to local food pantries.

Donations will also be accepted and used to purchase food for local agencies that serve the needy. The need is extreme this year, but we live in a community of caring people. We know our neighbors will respond to the need,

Bill Burch, Kiwanis club member, Ashland

We should heed Jeremiah’s words

Where are the watchmen and the weeping prophets? Our nation is as guilty of turning away from Jehovah God as Jeremiah’s nation was. He warned that God’s wrath and judgment was imminent, because of this the progressive priest,s preachers and politicians tried to kill him.

History proved him correct. In 586 BC, Judah was invaded by the Babylon King Nebuchadnezzar who took them captive for 70 years. We, too, are being invaded.

Psalm 9:17, “The wicked shall be turned into hell and all nations that forget God.” Idolaters sacrificed their infants to the god of Molech, we sacrifice our unborn in the abortion mills. Like America, religious, social and moral depravity was rampant. Isaiah admonished them to repent and build the waste places, raise up the foundation of many generations, be repairers of the breach, and return to paths of righteousness.

Proverbs 29:2, “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice, but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.” America is suffering and mourning because we have turned away from our God. We are a  sick and oppressed people. Deuteronomy 28 will give us a clue why we are cursed instead of blessed.

Our Constitution, based on the Word of God, is being dismantled piece by piece. What the government gives the government can take away.

The latest is an assault on our coal miners and don’t forget the keystone pipeline. No Democrat, Republican, Independent, anyone or anything can turn this nation around. Only Jehovah God can., United we stand; divided we fall.

2 Chronicles 7:14, “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from Heaven, and will forgive their sin, and heal their land.”

Be warned, time is running out.

Christine Williams, Ashland

Oldtimers pitched far more innings

I can think of two things that will never happen again in Major League Baseball.  There will never be another pitcher win 30 games in a regular season. There will also never be another starting pitcher that starts and wins three games in a World Series.

Both of these feats were last accomplished in 1968 by two members of the Detroit Tigers. Denny McClain had a record of 31-6. He made 41 starts, had 28 complete games, an earned run average of 1.96, pitched 336 innings, struck out 280 batters and walked only  63.

Detroit faced St. Louis in the World Series. There were no playoffs at that time. McClain lost 4-0 in game one to Bob Gibson. In game four, he pitched only two and two-thirds innings giving up four runs. There were two rain delays in that game which caused him to be shut down early in a  10-1 loss.

In the meantime, Mickey Lolich pitched complete game victories in games two and five. McClain came back on two days rest to pitch a complete game win in game six by a score of  13-1.  Lolich came back on two days rest to pitch a complete game 4-1 win in game seven.

Compare these statistics to the stats of today’s pitchers who are supposed to be more physically capable of pitching longer in games than players of the past. Statistics don’t lie!  The “veterans” possessed techniques that kept them active for longer periods of time during the season. Check out the career of Nolan Ryan for example.

 The “good old boys” made their starts every “fourth day” and ate up innings for a lot less money than the “youngsters” who get paid extravagant salaries for less work on the mound.

Bryan Fleming, Ashland