Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)


September 1, 2013

In Your View


ASHLAND — Nothing is done to protect children

Absolutely nothing — this is what our lawmakers have done to protect our children from gun violence since the Newtown massacre last December.

Most of the nation’s schoolchildren have been back to school only a few days, and yet another elementary school has been threatened by a mentally unstable man with an assault rifle and hundreds of rounds of ammunition. Where is the outrage? Where is the action?

When should we expect our lawmakers to protect our children, instead of protecting gun sales? Ninety-percent of all Americans support expanded background checks on gun sales, and 82 percent of Kentuckians do. But unfortunately, this represents a very silent majority. The fact is, while most Americans overwhelmingly support background checks, they are not calling on their Congressmen to insist on passing this common-sense legislation.

Who is calling Congress with frequency? Gun rights groups with extreme agendas. I ask anyone who falls within 90 percent of Americans who support this common-sense legislation to speak up now! We simply cannot wait another moment to ensure the health and safety of our schoolchildren.

Pam Mangas, Lexington

CASA schedules volunteer training

CASA of Northeast Kentucky is preparing to offer a training class for new CASA volunteers. CASA recruits, trains and supervises community volunteers to advocate for children who have been removed from their homes because of abuse and neglect.

To volunteer, you must be 21 years of age, have a valid driver’s license and can successfully pass criminal checks. Classes will begin Sept. 9

CASA also will be hosting an open house at its offices in Suite 202 on the second floor of the Boyd County Courthouse from noon to 1 p.m. Sept. 6.  

The open house will give those interested the opportunity to pick up an application and see what CASA is all about and how important it is for the children in our area who need a voice in court. Visitors also will be able to volunteers already in the program.  Refreshments will be served.

For more information, call Connie Runyon, volunteer coordinator, at (606) 739-2177.

Carol Adams, Executive director, CASA of Northeast Kentucky, Catlettsburg


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