Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Opinion

January 9, 2013

In Your VIew

ASHLAND — Keep Greenup County ‘dry’

On Jan. 22, there’s a special election in Greenup County with one topic on the ballot: Go wet or stay dry.

The vote comes following a petition containing more than 1,600 signatures pushing to change Greenup County from dry to wet.

The ballot will read as follows: “Are you in favor of the sale of alcoholic beverages in Greenup County, Kentucky?”

There are no stipulations to this proposition! It’s not regulated or restricted to restaurants only. If Greenup County goes wet, there could be bars, clubs, carry- outs all over our beautiful county. All someone would have to do is get a liquor license and set up shop!

Alcohol sales in Greenup will not help the economic status. In fact, studies show that dry counties are more economically stable than wet counties. If voted wet, local cities and county officials would set the regulations on alcohol sales! Our surrounding counties that are wet have seen no major revenue, and since Russell voted to become wet, it hasn’t seen one restaurant come into town! We encourage you to vote down this proposition and keep our county dry.

Kentucky statistics: In the past year Kentucky roadways have seen 171 DUI fatalities; 23 percent of all traffic deaths are DUI related. In the past five years, Kentucky has had 975 DUI fatalities costing the state $4.58 billion dollars.

Every 52 minutes someone is killed in a drunken-driving crash. Every 90 seconds, someone is injured in a drunken-driving crash. About a third of the drunken-driving problem — arrests, crashes, deaths, injuries — comes from repeat offenders.

In 2010, 211 children were killed in DUI crashes; 131 of those 211 were passengers with the drunken driver. Teen alcohol abuse kills about 6,000 per year! That is more than all illegal drugs combined. Almost one in every three eighth- graders have tried alcohol.

Hannah Ferguson, Wurtland

Text Only
Opinion
  • Good opportunity

    Morehead State University is using a highly successful program for outstanding high school juniors and seniors at Western Kentucky University to launch a similar program beginning this fall on the MSU campus.

    April 20, 2014

  • What's next?

    While virtually all cities in northeastern Kentucky provide their residents with some utility services — water and sewer, mainly, and sometimes natural gas — to the best of our knowledge, Olive Hill is the only town in the FIVCO‚Äąregion with its own electrical company.
     

    April 13, 2014

  • 'Waited too long'

    Lt. Garlin Murl Conner left the U.S. Army as the second-most decorated soldier during World War II, earning four Silver Stars, four Bronze Stars, seven Purple Hearts and the Distinguished Service Cross for his actions during 28 straight months in combat.

    April 12, 2014

  • Enact HB 3

    The National Rx Drug Abuse Summit is under way hundreds of miles from eastern Kentucky in Orlando, Fla., but the three-day conference which runs through Thursday, was organized by Operation UNITE, the eastern Kentucky anti-drug group that knows all too well the devastating impact the prescription drug epidemic continues to have on this region.

    April 11, 2014

  • State officials cease efforts to stop advance of ash borer

    Kentucky’s war against the tiny emerald ash borer responsible for already killing more than 25 million ash trees in the eastern United States has ended in surrender — by state officials, not the tiny insect.

    April 8, 2014

  • Demise of apparel industry in Kentucky continues

    The steady demise of the once thriving clothing industry in small Kentucky towns continues with the latest factory to announce it is shutting down being one of the largest: Fruit of the Loom has announced it is closing its last remaining plant in Jamestown, a move that eventually will see the elimination of more than 600 jobs in the small town near Lake Cumberland.

    April 7, 2014

  • None on ballot

    The 2014 Kentucky General Assembly considered an unusually high number of proposed amendments to the Kentucky Constitution on such issues as casino gambling, the restoration of voting rights for convicted felons and the elimination of state and local elected offices.

    April 4, 2014

  • In Your View

    Letters to the editor

    April 3, 2014

  • Time runs out

    Two bills proposed by House Majority Leader Rocky Adkins and designed to boost the economy of this region have apparently died in the Kentucky Senate after being approved by the House of Representatives. Despite easily being approved by the Democratic-controlled House, neither bill was even brought up for a vote by the Republican-controlled Senate.

    April 2, 2014

  • Time runs out

    Two bills proposed by House Majority Leader Rocky Adkins and designed to boost the economy of this region have apparently died in the Kentucky Senate after being approved by the House of Representatives. Despite easily being approved by the Democratic-controlled House, neither bill was even brought up for a vote by the Republican-controlled Senate.

    April 2, 2014