Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Opinion

October 9, 2013

In Your View

ASHLAND — Offensive column now in right place

As Republicans, my husband and I were very offended by Carrie Stambaugh’s column published Friday, Oct. 4. The name-calling was hard for me to believe. Even though we differ in opinion, Republicans usually are more reserved and don’t resort to calling such names as irrational, hysterical, and all the other ugly names she chose to write about the Independent’s customers.

I will apologize for her column to anyone who was offended. There is freedom of speech, but also you hope for responsible journalism. Maybe she was just having a bad day or maybe it was just a brain fart.

Now, I don’t ever get mad or lose my temper, I simply let my cat, Me Sue, take care of the problem. Stambaugh’s column went face up in the litter pan. Me Sue has been showing our appreciation for the column and will continue to for several days. It was not one of Stambaugh’s best works, but it was one of Me Sue’s though.

Melinda Hester, Catlettsburg

Proposed tax hike is not necessary

This is to notify all property owners in the city of Flatwoods of a special meeting on Friday, Oct. 11, at 6 p.m. at the Flatwoods City Building.

This meeting is to discuss a potential raise in property taxes. I encourage all residents to attend and voice your opinion. I and others feel this tax increase is unnecessary at this time.

Ray Sloan, Council member, Flatwoods

Middle relievers also important

Relief pitching in Major League Baseball has become very "specialized over the years. In particular, the job of closing a game has become very glamorous. The “save” that a closer receives on his resume is a very “glowing” statistic. 

A closer receives a save when he protects a three run lead or less in the last inning  of a game that results in a victory for his team.

When needed, other relief pitchers pitch in the early or middle innings. Many times they enter a game with runners on base and/or their team is behind or tied. One mistake and their team is behind or further behind with multiple innings still left to play.

I believe that this is just as much a pressure situation as pitching the last inning.   However, these middle relievers get no statistical credit for the fan to “glare” at. A closer has the “luxury” of beginning an inning with a lead, no baserunners, and only has to pitch one inning.  If he has a multiple run lead, a closer can give up one or two runs and still receive a save!

Middle relievers have a small margin of error when they enter a game because of a “jam” the previous pitcher has left for them. If they can’t escape the tough situations that they walk into, there won’t be a game for the closer to save.

If the closer is supposed to be the best relief pitcher, why not put him in a situation where he inherits baserunners?  He can use his “special abilities” to keep the lead and let someone else receive the save.

Pitchers are “professionals” who should be able to adjust to any “game” situation.  Sparky Anderson of the Reds ran his bullpen by “committee.”  He was pretty successful, wasn't he?

Bryan Fleming, Ashland

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