Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Opinion

February 28, 2013

In Your View

ASHLAND — Many non-voters cause for concern

Because of the low voter turnout in Tuesday’s “special election” regarding alcohol sales by the drink on Sundays, the measure was passed. I voted; 1,291 voters did not. The majority spoke.

My question is: Where were the 1,291 voters who were eligible to vote, but did not?  With less than one-tenth of 1 percent of Ashlanders elligible to vote in the election, why were these citizens not able to cast their vote?

A little simple math and a little common sense makes one wonder what kind of “special election” this was for the entire community, and why have 1,291 voters lost their incentive to vote in the community in which they live? That to me, is the most serious issue at hand.

Kathleen Chamis, Ashland

Guards needed at all schools

We’ve had many school shootings across the country. That’s the truth.

Psychopathic killers have murdered children and teachers who were not protected by law enforcement at their schools. That’s the truth.

The president and many state governments have appointed groups to study things like gun control and other ways to make our children and teachers safe at school. That’s the truth.

Some state and county governments have already placed properly trained police officers in schools to protect our children and teachers from psychopathic murderers.

Recently, West Virginia placed police officers in many of its schools to protect the children and teachers — letting them know that they care enough to protect them. That’s the truth.

Most schools in Kentucky have not placed any police officers in schools to protect our children and teachers from psychopathic murderers. That’s the truth.

Given the fact that many children and teachers across this country have been murdered in schools without police protection, anyone that says we do not need a mature, properly trained police officer at the door of our schools is delusional and living in a fantasy world.

We need a properly trained, mature police officer at the door of every school to prevent some psychopathic murderer from just walking in and murdering children and teachers. That’s the truth.

Can you handle the truth? So, come on Kentucky, let’s be a leader, and show our children and teachers that we really care about their safety, and place police officers at the door of every school.

Lannie Ray, Varney

Story a day late, on wrong page

The article Tuesday on John Fankell was appreciated, but how can this tragedy of a 17-year-old boy be less important than front page drug article? A good Christian boy deserves more attention than drugs.

This article should of been front page in Monday’s paper since the accident happened Saturday. “Wrong page, day late!”

Janice D. Watson, Ashland

 

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