Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

July 9, 2013

In Your View

The Independent

ASHLAND — Government still dangerous servant

This spring while campaigning for he assault rifle ban, Barack. Obama spoke of distrust for the government. Then we learned about the Department of Justice spying on Associated Press reporters. Next we learned about the widespread monitoring of billions of telephone connections by the NSA.

Clearly George Washington’ warning that “government is a dangerous servant and a deadly enemy” is still apt. What Mr. Washington was saying is that government is not to be trusted.

In fact, the Bill of Rights, or the first ten amendments to the U,S. Constitution, was intended as a leash and muzzle, as it were, for a fierce dog called government.

We have seen in the first half of this year witnessed an all out assault on three amendments of the Bill of Rights. Those three amendments would be the first, second, and fourth amendments.

Americans, it seems, have an instinctive understanding that government is not to be trusted and, like an unruly dog, must at times be brought to heel by its master, we the people. That’s right, we the people are the master of our government which we control by the vote.

Steven Little, Ashland

Christmas tour homes selected

The Ladies of the Highlands Museum have had a busy early summer putting together our best ever Christmas Tour of Homes. This will mark the 5th year for the tour and we are returning to downtown Ashland for all the excitement.

We have six sites that promise to put you in the holiday spirit. The tour will be on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. and on Sunday, Dec. 8, from 1 to 5 p.m. Included this year are three homes that are on the National Registry of Historic Places.

 We start out with the Highlands Museum and the Gingerbread House Competition. The Boyd County Extension Homemakers are joining forces to decorate the museum from top to bottom, and touring the museum will be included in your ticket.

Next we have the following lovely homes: the home of Richard and Janice Large Wheeler at 1600 Central Ave. (500 16th St.); the J Ryan Insurance Company decorated by Kelli Hanni at 508 16th St.; Darryl and Jane Akers’ home at 1520 Chestnut Drive; the home of Cecil and Judy Fannin at 2008 Lexington Ave.; and the home of Dr. William and Dr. Candy Boykin, 2108 Lexington Ave.

Please mark your calendar for a day full of Christmas cheer that is sure to get you in the holiday spirit. More details will be forthcoming, and we continue to look for homes in the downtown Ashland area to be included in this tour. Call the museum if you are interested.

Tickets will go on sale the middle of October from members of the Ladies of the Highlands, the homeowners on the tour, and at the Highland Museum where you can order them on the phone with a credit card.

Ann Wiseman, Publicity chairperson, Ladies of the Highlands

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