Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)


November 26, 2013

In Your View


ASHLAND — Sen. McConnell avoids real issue

Mitch McConnell continues to push the Family Friendly and Workplace Flexibility Act, a bill that allows hourly workers to have comp time. While the merits of this are debatable, the problem remains that McConnell is avoiding the real issue. A much greater need is an increase in the minimum wage.

Millions of full-time employed Americans are paid such low wages that they receive public assistance, leaving taxpayers to foot the bill. The large majority of Americans favors raising the minimum wage, but the minority who oppose it are McConnell and the ultra-wealthy who fund his campaign. They’d rather stick taxpayers with the bill than step up and do the right thing.

If Mitch McConnell really cares about the people he represents, he should show it by making the minimum wage a decent wage that enables hard-working Americans to meet the basic needs of their families.

Sam Lapin, Burlington

Highlands tour will be best yet

We are marking off days until The Ladies of the Highlands Christmas Tour of Homes and it looks like this will be our best yet. The homes are wonderful, both in decorations and historicl value. The Highlands Museum, which this year is one of the open areas to view, was decorated from top to bottom by the Boyd County Extension Homemakers Clubs under the direction of Kathy King, president, and Vicki Shope, vice president.  This is the first year the Homemakers have decorated the museum, and it won’t be the last. The results are stunning, with trees all over the museum decorated in handmade ornaments and handdecorted wreaths.

Start your tour at the museum to get refreshments, brochures, buses to the homes (four running loops all day) and, best of all, to get into the spirit of Christmas. I thank the Boyd County Homemakers.

The tour of homes will be Dec. 7 and 8.

Ann Wiseman, Publicity  chair, Ladies of the Highlands Museum

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  • 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.

    July 8, 2014

  • More difficult

    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.

    May 22, 2014

  • 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.

    May 21, 2014

  • 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.

    May 21, 2014

  • Top trooper

    Thumbs up to Trooper First Class Shane Goodall of Flatwoods for being named 2013 Trooper of the Year for Kentucky.

    May 20, 2014

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    Local news

    May 18, 2014

  • Magolene S. Fraley 1929-2014

    Magolene Spears Fraley, 84, of Wurtland, died Saturday in Community Hospice Care Center in Ashland.

    May 17, 2014

  • Business grant

    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.

    May 16, 2014

  • 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.

    May 13, 2014

  • In Your View 5/13/14

    Letters to the editor:

    May 13, 2014