Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)


May 26, 2013

In Your View

ASHLAND — Common sense needed on bridge

Wouldn’t it be great to have someone working on the Ashland bridge that has a little common sense?

I came across the Ashland bridge on Sunday and saw the bent beam. That beam is not broken; it is just bent and is the very end of the bridge. I would like to see the bridge engineers report that says why the bridge is now unsafe.

From Sunday to Wednesday all weight vehicles crossed the bridge and there were no problems. It’s still standing. Then, all of a sudden we are told only vehicles under 10 tons are safe crossing the bridge. Then on Thursday without warning, no one is allowed to cross the bridge. Now hundreds of people are suffering one hour or more delays because no one can figure out how to regulate a 10 ton limit!

Hundreds of people are losing thousands of hours and burning thousands of extra gallons of fuel because these people don’t have enough common sense to figure out how to regulate a 10 ton limit!

Anyone with an ounce of common sense would say passenger vehicles only can cross the bridge? Assign someone to sIt at the end of the bridge and enforce it. It could be a police officer or a Kentucky Transoration Cabinet employee. Someone with common sense would realize that would eliminate 90 percent of the congestion! Wow!

That’s so simple! Why didn’t they think of that? They have no common sense!

Joe Bounds, Ashland

Leader severs ties with Scouts

It is with much regret that I have severed my ties with the Boy Scouts of America after 24 years of service as a volunteer serving as scoutmaster and assistant district cCommissioner in Tri-State Area Council. I only put scouting second to my church.

This decision was made Thursday after the National Council of the BSA voted to lift the ban on “openly” homosexual youth becoming members. They left in place the ban on adult volunteers serving in that capacity. They should have taken the course that the military, I believe, should have maintained and that is the policy of  “don’t ask, don’t tell.”

Those who accept that lifestyle are the ones who are making it an issue. Some homosexual scouts have already gone on record that they want to change the culture further and allow adult leaders to serve as open homosexuals.

Sexuality issues like these have no place in scouting or the public domain. That should be a private matter. Why do we need to know that?  Would you want your young son placed in an environment where he will be mentored by in some cases by an older scout that might be openly homosexual, giving credence to that lifestyle?

The scout oath says, “On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country, and to obey the scout law. To help other people at all times. To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.”

By accepting an “openly” homosexual youth in scouting  you are in practice teaching the other boys that the homosexual lifestyle is compatible with the parts of the scout oath that says “duty to God” and “morally straight.” They can’t be because regardless of religious denomination the Bible has condemned the practice.         

 Doug Spillman, Flastwoods

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