Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

October 7, 2013

In Your View

The Independent

ASHLAND — Column mostly free of facts

This is in response to Carrie Stambaugh’s Oct. 4 column headlined “The tea party and The Fear.” 

In this unfortunate and largely fact-free column, the author seems intent upon parroting what we have already heard from the majority of the national media. (Full disclosure here: I am not a member of the Tea Party and have no desire to join it.)

But let’s just take a look at some inconvenient truths. First of all, the Tea Parties were a reaction to two basic concerns:

(1) The seemingly inexorable encroachment of the federal government into our lives.

(2) The accompanying unsustainable increases in federal spending.

Initially, the Parties were met with amusement and derision from Congressional Progressives and their enablers in the national media. However, when the Progressives realized that they could not debate the Parties solely on the facts, they decided, instead, to resort to the full-throated invective that we have seen for the past two years, which has culminated in the crescendo of name calling that we see today.

The cries of “anarchists,” “terrorists,” “jihadists,” and the ever popular canard “racists” have become the coin of the realm for Progressives in their fight against those pesky Tea Partiers. (The author of this column did her part with her characterizations of an “incoherent frenzy,” “fear mongering” and “muddied rhetoric.”)

Although the author is probably impervious to facts, I would like to mention something that she apparently neglected. Though she boldly states that “…the law has made its way now through all three branches of government…” does’nt it appear just a bit odd that the executive branch of our government has made numerous exemptions for administration cronies?

In short, the author is little more than a microcosm of our national media.  Instead of a factual accounting of the real issues at stake they have simply mirrored the demagoguery of Congress.  And, for that, shame on them.

SMSgt Skip Crabtree,  USAF (Ret.), Russell


Expect rebellion at ballot box

I remind everyone, especially those that get their news from the back of a milk carton or something, that it isn't the House of Representatives that is spending money to keep World War II veterans out of the memorial. It isn’t John Bohner who closed the Vietnam War Memorial (a granite, outdoor slab) and it was not Ted Cruz who closed parts of a highway so people could not even stop and take pictures of Mr. Rushmore from the highway.

No one in Congress is evicting 80-year-old people from their homes just because a road they cross is part of the National Park system. Yep, it was your good ol’ President.

You may think these things are cute but there is a rebellion brewing in this country. It will not be an armed one but rather a wholesale slaughter of political careers at the ballot box.

Then we will hear wailing and gnashing of teeth from both sides of these hog trough fed elite. I cannot wait for that day.

Gaylord Cooper, South Shore

Flatwoods seeks to raise taxes

Citizens of Flatwoods, the city is again considering raising property taxes another 0.324 percent. Why?

Is there a pressing need the City faces and requires the extra funds to prevent instability?  No. It is raising the rate because It can. As long as the proposed rate is under 0.4 percent, there is no legal requirement for a vote, only two readings and a public hearing prior to a Council vote.

Therefore, the proposed rate is low enough to avoid public awareness until the new bills arrive. This letter aims to change that.

Raising taxes because one can doesn’t make it right.  Many in the city already struggle to make ends meet; raising taxes on these people may force decisions of what bills are more important. This year is even more critical because of the forced implementation of Obamacare, which itself increases financial burdens.

The other problem is how the increase is being done.  As stated, the increase is low enough to avoid a public vote, only a public hearing with a Council vote; however, the second suspicious aspect is the assigned time of the public hearing: 6 p.m., Friday, Oct. 11 at the Flatwoods City Building.  In other words, it has been scheduled on football night at football time.  This seems an attempt to ensure there are few people there.

Voting the proposal down requires four of six6 council members to vote no and Councilmen Richard Lewis and Ray Sloan need the help of the Flatwoods citizens; the more people at the public meeting voicing their disapproval, the greater the chances are of swaying other councilmen and it being defeated.

At 6 p.m. this Friday, please sacrifice an hour of football to keep your taxes at current rates. You’ll be glad you did.

Brian Holmes, Flatwoods

Library great for genealogists

One of the most popular places at Boyd County Public Library is the genealogy department. With its knowledgeable staff and terrific resources, the department is a busy place seven days a week.

But October has special meaning to genealogists and provides a great reason to check out a local treasure you might have missed up to this point.

October is designated in many states, including Kentucky, as Family History Month. That makes it the perfect time to start looking up your family’s rich past.  The Minnie C. Winder room at the Main Branch on Central Avenue contains an amazing collection of print resources, photograph collections, state, newspapers and local, state and federal records on microfilm, and free access to databases.

Here’s just a sampling of the rich resources available to everyone at BCPL: Kentucky Census data from 1810 to 1940; Kentucky birth, marriage and death records; Ohio death records; The (Ashland) Independent from 1922 to present; the most complete collection of eastern Kentucky newspapers outside of Lexington; Boyd County Historical Society records; the Arnold Hanner’s photograph collection; charcoal furnace records; the most complete collection of Ashland, Catlettsburg and Boyd County yearbooks in the county (including some junior and elementary schools); and free access to Ancestry.com and other genealogy databases.

For more information on all the genealogy resources at Boyd County Public Library, call (606) 329-0518, ext. 1500.

If you have been curious about your family tree, but just weren’t sure where to begin, take the first step by going to the library, and we will help with all the rest.

When Congress passed a resolution in 2001 establishing Family History Month, Sen. Orrin Hatch said, “By searching for our roots, we come closer together as a human family.”

Jim Kettel, Genealogy supervisor, Boyd County Public Library

Backpacks help many students

This letter is to acknowledge the work of the Ashland Alliance Young Professionals Association through the facilitation of the Backpack Program.

For those not familiar with the program, it is an initiative to support school-aged children throughout Boyd and Greenup counties by supplying needed clothing and shoes along with school supplies at the beginning of the school year for children that otherwise would not have the basic items to be successful in school.

In Greenup County Schools, our Family Resource/Youth Service Centers help identify children who could benefit from the program’s support. The Greenup County School District alone had over 160 students benefit from the Backpack Program.

 It is very refreshing to see a united effort by a group of local young professional leaders reaching out to others less fortunate.

On behalf of all area children, thank you for your work, compassion and commitment to support kids in our area.

Steve A. Hall, Superintendent,  Greenup County Schools