Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Opinion

March 19, 2013

In Your View

ASHLAND — Day as page beats a day in school

I had the pleasurable experience of being a page for a day for Rep. Tanya Pullin in the Kentucky House of Representatives on Feb. 26.

My day started off with a tour of the newly remodeled Capitol. It was even more interesting that my father and I were put in a tour group with the Pike County Homemakers, none of whom were younger than 70. But it was all made up for when I got my picture taken with Gov. Steve Beshear!

Even though his policies don’t swim well with the majority of this area, he is a true politician and knows how to win over people.

 After lunch, I went to the House chamber to start my session. While I was there, I found Tim Couch! He is a representative from his home county of Clay.

While serving as Representative Pullin’s page, the issue of the official soft drink of Kentucky came to the floor. Ale-8-One was selected the champion. Ms. Pullin also recognized my father and me during the session, which was quite an honor.

Overall, it beat school by a lot! 

Joshua Riley, junior, Russell High School

Social Security not ‘entitlement’

I fully agree with Randall McGlone in his March 14 “In Your View” letter.

I think the majority of our legislators are completely out of touch with the poor souls who have to live by what the legislators do.

I have been advocating members of Congress should have term limits just like the president has. I have said many times they are not put in there to make a career of their positions. They also should have to abide by the things they pass for their constituents. In other words, what’s good for the goose is good for the gander.

Instead of taking money away from Social Security and Medicare, which everyone who works for a living pays into, they should consider all the people who collect food stamps, get free medical care, free housing, etc., and quit paying unwed mothers to have babies.

I heard many years ago our government has spent the surplus in the Social Security trust fund, which should have never been touched. I also agree with Mr. McGlone that Social Security is not an “entitlement,” which is what our Congress claims, but our Congress consider what we are “entitled to,” not that we have paid for it. Everyone would be better off putting this money in their own account.

I wrote to all six of Kentucky’s U.S. representatives recently and only heard from one.

Vivian Stamper, Grayson

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