Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)


October 30, 2012

In Your View

ASHLAND — Americans against churches, not God

I disagree with Winston Morris who wrote in a letter published Oct. 23 that Americans have turned against God.  he number of believers has remained steady. Americans are turning against churches, so much that some predict their disappearance by 2030.

Christians must read and live the gospel. Too many churches support the opposite: hatred, racism, greed, selfishness, superiority, the strong crushing the weak, demonizing the poor and rants against homosexuals and abortion, neither of which Jesus mentioned. Read the Southern Baptist Convention plank on abortion through the 1970s and read of abortions in Jesus’s time.

Many churches have become political pawns for radical, highly paid televangelists. Their concern is not Christianity or churches, but the takeover of government by the wealthy promoters who want to become wealthier. There’s no connection to Christianity.

When the money-changers claimed to be the Christians, too many in churches followed. The  Norquist crowd is drowning the church just as it brags of doing to the government.

Nancy Vinson, Catlettsburg 

Failure to protect men unjustified

There is much in the news about the situation that happened in Benghazi. 

I certainly have no new knowledge about what happened in Benghazi but I do know this: No amount of uncertainty about the identity of the attackers or their motivation for launching the attack justifies the inaction and unmitigated failure of the administration to protect those men.

The administration knew in advance that the ambassador wanted increased security. They knew that Benghazi was a hotbed of extremists, and that the anniversary of 9/11 was approaching, yet they denied the requests for more security. In fact, they reduced security. It was known in the hours prior to the attack that the safe house in Benghazi was being watched and an attack was likely, yet they did nothing.

There is blood on someone's hands. They can deny it, they can rationalize it, but those who failed to send aid are to blame.

Gaylord Cooper, South Shore

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  • PAUL CHITWOOD: Ruling on same-sex marriage defies state constitution

    News that U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn once again usurped the will of Kentucky voters is tragic and disappointing. By declaring gay marriage legal in the commonwealth, Heyburn defied the essential, foundational governing document that ensures order and justice, the Constitution of Kentucky.

    July 8, 2014

  • More difficult

    In a state like Kentucky with the number of adults who have not graduated from high school is much higher than the national average, undereducated adults have been encouraged to earn high-school equivalency degrees by studying for, taking and passing the General Educational Development (GED) test.

    May 22, 2014

  • Primary election sends messages

    The voters — or at least the minority who took the time to go to the polls Tuesday — have spoken, with Boyd County voters sending mixed messages in the county-wide races that gathered the most attention.

    May 21, 2014

  • Click it or Ticket

    "Click it or Ticket” is a phrase used so often in recent years most of us hardly give it a thought.

    May 21, 2014

  • Top trooper

    Thumbs up to Trooper First Class Shane Goodall of Flatwoods for being named 2013 Trooper of the Year for Kentucky.

    May 20, 2014

  • 05/18/2014 — This Week in the Tri-State

    Local news

    May 18, 2014

  • Magolene S. Fraley 1929-2014

    Magolene Spears Fraley, 84, of Wurtland, died Saturday in Community Hospice Care Center in Ashland.

    May 17, 2014

  • Business grant

    Morehead State graduate student Kayla Keeton, who received her undergraduate degree from MSU last spring and is now studying for her MBA at the school, has received a $5,111 grant from the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development to help her start Belles of the Bluegrass, a high-tech wedding planning business.

    May 16, 2014

  • Recovery Fest celebrates kicking addiction

    The wet weather no doubt impacted the size of the crowd at Saturday’s Recovery Fest 2014 at Veterans Riverfront Park in Ashland, but there were plenty of reasons for addicts who are now drug free to celebrate and for speakers like State Sen. Robin Webb, D-Grayson, and others to talk about the impact the prescription drug epidemic has had on this region and for others to distribute literature and offer words of encouragement that could convince some to seek help in their battle with their drug addictions.

    May 13, 2014

  • In Your View 5/13/14

    Letters to the editor:

    May 13, 2014