Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

May 7, 2013

In Your View

The Independent

ASHLAND — Restrictions at dams protested

As an angler I was disturbed to read in The Independent that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers wants to put up barricades and security guards to keep anglers from accessing areas below dams around Kentucky.

As one who never feels we need a law for everything, I support legislation to keep these areas open to the public if that’s what it takes.

A story dated May 1 indicates the Kentucky Division of Fish & Wildlife sold a record number of fishing licenses for April. Instead of closing these areas, we need to find more ways to open them up to bring in the almighty tourism dollars these rural areas so desperately need.

I encourage our own U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie to support U.S. Rep Ed Whitfield’s “Freedom to Fish Act” being considered. I encourage all anglers to contact the Corps of Engineers at (615) 736-7161 and let them know you want to continue fishing where you always have.

Tom Clay, president, Kentucky Outdoor Press Association

Crabbe teachers work long hours

As Teacher Appreciation Week is approaching, I express my observations of Crabbe Elementary School.

The professionals at this school spend many hours during their “summer vacations” preparing their classrooms and teaching strategies for the students they will be educating each year. 

Crabbe Elementary teachers spend many hours in collaboration with each other. These sessions help plan strategies on how to teach their students individually and collectively.

All of the teachers at Crabbe must be involved in many professional development sessions outside of school because of the constant changes taking place in the education profession. Kudos to these teachers at Crabbe for taking time away from their families to attend these sessions.

Many veteran teachers with 20-plus years of experience didn’t have the advantage as students themselves to work with advanced computer technology. They have had to spend many hours outside of school to practice these skills on the job.

To their credit, they have kept up with the changes that seem to be happening every year and implement this technology with their daily instruction.

All of the teachers have had to deal with behavior problems that disrupt the learning process. They have dealt with these situations in a professional manner.

 Many of the teachers at Crabbe are involved in extracurricular activities that take more time away from their personal lives. Despite the pressure of spring assessments, the Crabbe staff shows love and care for each student, but also lets students know they must give their best effort.

Every staff member at Crabbe has the necessary skills to be successful at higher paying jobs with less pressure. I am so thankful each one of them chose the teaching profession. The children of Crabbe will benefit greatly!

Bryan Fleming, Crabbe teacher, Ashland

Many founding fathers deists

The Chinese have a curse. They say: “May you live in interesting times.” We do.

There are now seemingly endless choices, none of them taken as better than another.

That a “Day of Prayer” was celebrated in Ashland made the front page of The Independent (May 3) is fine. People who are like-minded doubtless were there, by the score.

The absent were not interested. Had those who celebrated the day of prayer been given the power, they would restore (their) prayers in the public schools. Any prayer has been declared to be unconstitutional. That’s over. Get used to it. Protestant hegemony vanished when the prayers ceased. It isn’t coming back. The courts won’t let it. 

Revolutionary War writer Thomas Paine, author of “Common Sense,” was likely an atheist. Many (if not most) of the others were deists. They believed God is analogous to a watch-maker who made a watch, wound it up, then went away and left it.    

Once, a pious woman called on Mr. Paine. When he opened the door, she said: “Mr. Paine, the Lord has sent me to tell you that if you don’t accept our Lord Jesus Christ, you are going straight to hell!”

“Pshaw!” Paine answered, as he closed the door in her face. “The Lord wouldn’t send an ugly, silly old woman like you.”  

Think about it.

Andrew L.J. James, Grayson

School collecting items for animals

Oakview Elementary School students are involved in the 14th annual collection project for National Pet Month.

Students are collecting the following items for dogs, cats, puppies and kittens at our local animal shelters through May 30: old towels, sheets, blankets, shampoo and brushes, dry food, toys, rawhide chews and treats and anything else an animals could use, new or old.

Donations may be dropped off at the school at 3111 Blackburn Ave., Ashland; (606) 327-2733.                                                                                  

Thank you in advance for your generosity.

Leigh Ann Baker, primary teacher, Oakview Elementary