Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Opinion

March 13, 2013

In Your View

ASHLAND — We should all be Americans first

What are we?

First of all, most of the people living in America should be naturalized Americans, meaning they were born in America. The rest of the American people are legalized immigrants. But nevertheless still Americans.

Unfortunately, we also have people who look at themselves as Democrats, Republicans and Independents and seem to forget about being Americans. This is where the problem lies. We should all be Americans first.

Our different political parties are empowered by politicians with agendas that are not always in the best interests of the country or the people. The politicians are supported and influenced by the political machines they belong to and hardly ever put the country first.

Unfortunately, we have lobbyists and big money machines that want to control and dictate the directions the country will take, and in so doing, dictate how each of us live within our government. They are attempting to change everything our Constitution has always stood for.

The American people can put a stop to the corruption taking place in Washington. We need to vote together for the common good. Forget the political party squat, belong to the party of your choice but vote for the men and women in Washington who want to do positive things for our country. Don’t be blindly led by party loyalty. Think like an American should — responsibly.

Norm Rist, Ashland

VISTA workers are real asset

In recognition of National AmeriCorps Week, March 10 through 16, United Way of Northeast Kentucky honors our sponsored AmeriCorp VISTAs.

We appreciate the hard work, creativity and leadership of Ashley Traylor at CAReS, Vicki Aleshire at the Northeast Kentucky Care Center, Julia Vice at River Cities Harvest, Rose Snowden at Two Hearts Pregnancy Care Center, Candy Goldie at the Shelter of Hope, B.J. Fraley at Ashland Community Kitchen and Darrell Caldwell at The Neighborhood.

Started more than 45 years ago, VISTA — Volunteers in Service to America — fulfills a nationwide commitment to fight poverty.

We appreciate the talents VISTA workers bring to their agencies, from coordinating annual Christmas toy collections, food drives, fundraisers, volunteer recruitment and more. UWNEK proudly salutes them for their service and dedication during National AmeriCorps Week.

Steve Towler, director, UWNEK

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