Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)


April 17, 2013

In Your View

ASHLAND — Our nation is morally bankrupt

America is around $17 trillion in debt, but we are also morally bankrupt.

If you at least 60 years old, you can remember how things used to be. You did not see the nudity on tv that is on today, you did not hear the language that you hear today on tv.

I believe it started around 1963, when the Supreme Court ruled God was not allowed in our school or in our government business. When I was in high school, you did not worry if someone would come in our school and kill people and the doors were not locked, but God was allowed in our school back then.

Society also believed the lifestyle of homosexuality, and adultery and fornication were wrong and is a sin. The Bible says it is in Leviticus 20:13 and in the book of Romans, the first chapter.

Some people do not believe the Bible and that it is God’s message for mankind today, but I do. We now have a president and some other elected officials believe in homosexuality and want everyone to accept that it is normal and be like Sodom and Gomorrah, and we know what happened to them.

We are living in very troubling times, but to the Christian we can look ahead with great excitement knowing Christ could return at any moment. When Jesus began his ministry, He preached repentance of sin and to believe the gospel. It would be good for all to repent of sin and turn to Christ for Salvation.

Kelly Yates, Flatwoods

Seek more input from students

I recently read a story on The Independent website headlined, “Dropout age plan entices board.”

The article was very interesting and introduced one of the many ways states try to reduce dropout rates. Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday said he was working together with the Department of Education to give grants to the first 57 districts who raise their dropout age from 16 to 18. I believe that this is a very good idea.

As a sophmore at Orange High School in New Jersey, I think it is important for my fellow classmates to understand the importance of an education. If they do not, more and more students would dropout.

Although I agree with the proposed idea, I think a more effective idea is to change the way students learn in the classroom. The way to do this is by asking the students how they feel they should be taught.

Many ideas are created based on what aduls thinks is right for the students, but wouldnt it be better if you asked the students themselves? By inputing students’ ideas, students will most likely want to stay and finish high school, and probably go to college.

Kausar Ahmed, Orange, N.J

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  • Along the river

    Here’s hoping the weather will be as close to perfect as possible on the evening of May 30, as members of the Paul G. Blazer High School class of 2014 gather on the banks of Ohio River for the school’s first graduation on the river that has helped fuel this community’s economy since the time when it was known as known as Poage’s Landing.

    April 22, 2014

  • 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