Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

October 21, 2012

In Your View

The Independent

ASHLAND — Work together to fix America

Confused? Democrat, Republican ... I can’t understand politics.

Just once, why can’t they work together and ty to fix America. Instead, all they want to do is throw mud at one another.

God bless America, but why should he? They have kicked God out of everything they can. We can’t even display the Ten Commandments in a public place.

This country was founded on God, and I say if you live here and don;t like it, you can leave. The first thing we need to do to fix our problems is to put God first.  Then it should be not what you can do for me, but what I can do for you.

It’s about people helping people. The rich help the poor, tje young help the old, the stron help the weak.

We have the opportunity to live in the richest country in the world if everyone would just help one another.

Leonard F. Barnhill, Grayson

Rude treatment at local SSI office

On Monday, Oct. 15, I accompanied my sister-in-law to the Social Security Offfice in the federal building in Ashland. The rudeness of the security officer operating the scanner was uncalled for, especially here in Ashland and because there was another person behind us.

I have set off the alarm with my carry-on bag at LaGuardia Airport in New York City with a long line behind me and never encountered the rudeness that my sister did in Ashland. There was no justification for his attitude as she was complying with his orders. She is in her eighties and had just dropped off one of her hearing aids to be repaired.

The officer was tall in stature but short on manners. I was pleased to observe that none of the other personnel took after him.

Jane Perdue, Catlettsburg 

Paint globe pink to find a cure

In regards to the Oct. 16 letter crticizing the NFL’s “pink awareness” campaign, I say paint the globe pink if it means a cure!

I have lost a wife and my only daughter to breast cancer. My granddaughters are wondering about themselves.

Al Shumway, Catlettsburg

Biden did great job in his debate

In response to Glenda Wellman Conn’s Oct. 18 letter concerning Joe Biden’s “smirking” during his debate with Paul Ryan, I would say that I am much more concerned about Paul Ryan’s devastating budget cutting of Social Security, Medicare, Obamacare, Pell Grants and food stamps.

I also am much more concened about Mr. Ryan’s praise of Russian-born atheist and author Ayn Rand who he calls his inspiration. I am also concerned about someone being a heart beat away from the presidency who some journalists have called a habitual liar.

I think Vice President Biden did a great job. Instead of calling Mr. Ryan a liar, he smiled at each lie and conveyed the message.

John Vinson, Catlettsburg  

Choosing Obama is scary thought

The Aztec calendar tells us the world will end on December 21, 2012. Christians should not fear this, for to be absent here is to be present in Heaven. There is, however, something greater to fear: Election Day, Nov. 6, 2012, when Barack Obama may be re-elected President of the United States. That is scary!

Consider Obama’s first term: Thousands of coal mining job losses, EPA controls, same-sex marriage, Obamacare, etc.

The Holy Bible, 2 Chronicles 7-14 states: “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

  As Christians, we must love and pray for Obama; we are not, however, required to vote for him.

Independent readers, vote your heart, for God and country.

John F. Enyart, Ashland

KET  is called a state treasure

As fall begins with leaves turning vibrant shades of red, orange and yellow, weekend football games and cooler evenings, I am reminded that we are entering a new season of enriching programming and robust services offered through Kentucky Educational Television (KET).

Committed to education, KET continues its rich traditon of bringing trusted, world-class digital learning to Kentucky classrooms. In addition, KET provides distance learning courses in physics, Latin, German, and soon Chinese, early childhood resources and training, GED preparation courses and more serving all ages.

Accessible to public schools and classrooms across the state, KET provides the most comprehensive, independent coverage of the candidates and election results. In addition, KET brings into our homes the best arts and performance programs from around the world.

KET depends on a grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to help bring excellent, high quality programming to Kentucky. If you value KET, I encourage you to get involved. In fact, 170 million Americans count on public broadcasting each month. Join www.170millionAmericans.org to receive information about public broadcasting and its funding. Your voice does matter.

KET is a state treasure that must be protected And supported. I hope you will join me in support of KET’s educational mission and public service to all Kentuckians.

Mary D. Dykes, KET Friends Board, Ashland  

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