Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)


October 14, 2012

In Your View

ASHLAND — Don’t blame EPA for coal’s decline

I have read recently about the United for Coal pray chain rally that is going to take place on U.S. 23.

I’m glad these miners are showing solidarity with each other, but I would rather them show solidarity against their greedy corporate bosses than against a federal agency that is trying to protect their health.

Recent studies have shown that it is cheap natural gas and coal reserves out west that are causing the decline of coal here, not the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Why not pray for those workers, retirees and their families that Patriot Coal is trying to bilk out of their rightfully earned health and pension benefits?

Why not pray for a new and better economy in Appalachia and the end of corporate exploitation here?  It isn't coal that needs our help. We need to stand up for the people whose health is affected by pollution and workers who are treated unfairly by an industry that controls our politicians.

We need pray and we need action, but the wealthy CEOs of coal companies need not be the focus of our solidarity.

Dan Taylor, Huntington, W.Va.

Our children will inherit huge debt

Regarding the national debt, if you passed the third grade, you learned long division, so this should be no problem for you.

Last I checked, our National Debt is a bit over $16 trillion and our population is a bit over 300 million. So, dividing the debt by the population gives you the share each person owes of the debt. That turns out to be roughly $51,747.  As the debt is to go up another trillion in the coming year, it will grow another $3,209 to $54,956

If you think our children and grandchildren will be able to pay down this debt until they can afford the interest, you are more optimistic than I am. I think the government will have to eventually devalue the dollar, slashing the value of any savings you may have and increasing the price of everything you need to live on.

You are stuck with this bill and the economic disaster it will cause. If we don’t do something drastic and soon, $8 per gallon for gas and $10 per loaf of bread will be the bargains after devaluation. (I hope your kids like pinto beans and rice as much as I do!)

 Like I said, it’s only third grade arithmetic. But wait, the minimum wage will need to go to $20-$25 an hour, so folks can live and there won’t be riots in the streets. How many jobs will be left in this country then?   

Paul Woods, Ironton

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    April 4, 2014

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    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