Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)


February 17, 2013

In Your View


ASHLAND — Support our kids by backing tax

I am a 1970 graduate of Fairview High School. I have been reading in the newspaper about this tax levy to rebuild Fairview High School.

I have been paying close attention to what opponents of the levy have been saying about how residents just can’t afford to pay the tax because times are too bad today.

Well, I am old enough to remember bad times in the 1950s and 1960s. I remember when my father was only getting one or two days of work a week at a local brickyard in Ashland. I remember the day the bank came to repossess my father’s 1958 Ford. Next, the house was taken, too.

We picked up our food commodities at the courthouse so we could at least eat. That was embarrassing to my family.

Times are much better today. Indeed, folks on Social Security get pay increases. Minimum wage is much higher today.

I think it is time to think about our kids today and what they need. Remember, it is better to give than to receive.

Fred Sturgill, Westwood


A ‘no’ vote will support schools

My name is Megan, and I am a sixth-grader at Fairview Middle School. I would like to have a utility tax because I want to graduate from Fairview. My grandmother and my dad graduated from here, and I want to do the same one day.

Fairview is a good school because it’s successful, and it’s a small school. It is easy to make friends. The teachers help you get a good education. Everyone is nice, friendly and treats you with respect. Please vote “no” on Feb. 19 to save our school!

Megan Dunn, Fairview student

‘No’ vote will help save her school

I’m a 12-yeai old girl and I go Fairview Middle School. I’m new to Fairview this year, but I love it much more than my old school. All the students and teachers are so nice, and I made so many friends just on my first day.

Both of my parents graduated from this school, and I would like to, too. I understand that most people have reasons not to vote to have more taxes, but that is only because they think it will cost them more money than they think.

It is only going to cost you 3 percent of your utility bills. This is why students  at Fairview want everybody to vote “no.” If you vote “yes,” there is a chance that most of the students at Fairview probably won’t graduate from Fairview High School. Vote  “no” on the tax and my school and my happiness will be saved.

   Chloe Justice, Fairview student

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