Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)


August 4, 2013

In Your View

ASHLAND — Too many homes not maintained

We have lived in Ashland all our lives. We have been reading recently about the “Proud Past, Bright Future” of Ashland. We wonder how bright our future is when we have so many houses condemned or not maintained?

We live between three houses neglected for many years. Two are condemned and the other has been vacant. The grass in these yards is waist deep and trash is all around them. They are an embarrassment to our neighborhood. We take pride in maintaining our home and in paying our taxes.

We have been in constant contact with city officials for several years to no avail. City officials have told us nothing can be done to force the homeowners to take responsibility for their property. This includes upkeep and paying property taxes. There must be a solution to this issue.

How bright is our future if this continues?

James and Sharlene Highfield, Ashland

Too many see guns as toys

Steven Little’s letter of June 9 presents a list of “10 commandments of gun safety” he says he learned as a boy.

As a boy I was taught Mr. Little’s 10 commandments and more, but in a home setting. Much emphasis was placed on his commandment No. 3: “Never play with guns. Always remember they are deadly weapons.” Additionally, we were taught to never bring a loaded gun indoors, and guns must be stored safely when not in use.

Herein, I believe, lies the energy that drives the present gun lobby, and it really has nothing to do with the 2nd Amendment. A new, quasi-sport has taken hold that does not involve hunting, shooting for accuracy or any of the traditional activities of sporting gun usage.

This sport is simply acquiring a semiautomatic assault rifle or pistol, equipping it with a large-capacity magazine, getting plenty of surplus military ammunition and rapidly shooting until all the ammunition is gone, while watching as varied targets are chewed to pieces. 

I believe this kind of gun usage breaks Mr. Little’s commandment to “never play with guns.” Such casual use of deadly weapons can lead to complacency about the substantial and ever-present danger of guns, and may set a bad example for youngsters who are always fascinated with the destructive power of firearms.

Mr. Little gives us the history of the NRA. How about the history of guns? Guns were invented for, and remain, a tool with one purpose only: to kill an animal or another human being from a safe distance.

Whether hunting, sport shooting or playing with guns, shooting is an expensive activity that only destroys, and creates nothing. Those who indulge in it must come to terms with the trade-offs involved.

Charles M. Whitt, South Shore

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