Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)


November 4, 2012

In Your View

ASHLAND — He cannot wait until Nov. 7

As usual with summer came the re-runs of NCIS and Law and Order, and of course the terrible reality shows —  i.e.  Apple Pie Wars and The Real Housewives of Flatwoods —  that insult our intelligence. And they are sponsored by attorneys and car dealerships begging for our business.

 And then comes fall, wonderful fall, with new shows and sports.  So now we can relax and enjoy our televisions.  But, no, it's a major election year. So each commercial break is not four ads but, five, and all are political campaign ads. We are so inundated by the mud-slinging and muck-raking of our would-be elected leaders. We are sick of them before they get elected.

I personally cannot wait until Nov. 7 (the day after Election Day) so the barrage of political name-calling will end. And I can get back to watching my television in peace, where the ambulance chaser and used car salesmen commercials will seem as innocent as little sinless cherubs on the screen.

  Don Stewart, Ashland

Sure signs of Sunday drinkin’

I’ve formed an opinion on the idea of Sunday beer drinking and beer sales at the Ashland Riverfront Park.

It seems to me that whoever made the decision back in the 1980s to develop a shopping mall within a stone's throw from businesses in downtown Ashland and not think it would have a severe financial impact on downtown retail sales, must have been drinkin’ on Sunday.

A few years ago, pipeline construction completely destroyed the roadway on 6th Street, Central Avenue down to 9th Street and Greenup Avenue. Whoever signed off on the approval of the roller-coaster blacktop repair must have been drinkin’ on Sunday.

Driving on Carter Avenue, I find that traffic is three lanes one block, four lanes the next, and back to three lanes. Whoever set this traffic pattern must have been drinkin’ on Sunday.

Whoever painted those yellow lines on Roberts Drive or 6th Street and Central Avenue must have been drinkin’ on Sunday.

 Ever wonder why the manhole covers stick up a couple of inches above the road causing us to dodge them when driving? Probably because the engineer that didn't figure 3 inches of blacktop pressed down to 2 inches when rolled would leave the manhole cover sticking up an inch must have been drinkin’ on Sunday.

The group that designed the Port of Ashland River Park did so without any concern for local boaters and the parking situation there is a fiasco. Those people must have been drinkin’ on Sunday.

Lastly, I address the issue of beer sales on the Port of Ashland River Park.  There seems to be some concern about beer sales on public property. When those big party boats are docked and tied to the public property at the port, what do you think they’re selling river water?

Jeff Preston, Westwood

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