Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

October 9, 2013

In Your View

The Independent

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

Safe Harbor plans vigil for Oct. 28

It’s hard to imagine that one out of four women experience intimate partner violence, also known as domestic violence, in our community.

Last year, Safe Harbor served  1,246 women, children and men through our services. We sheltered 486 women, children and men last year alone. Safe Harbor provides free, confidential services to Boyd, Carter, Greenup, Lawrence and Elliott counties.

We not only provide shelter, but we also work in each of our five counties each week in courthouses, schools, churches and agencies through our outreach program. We provide a complete Continuum of Care for families. Safe Harbor offers emergency, transitional and permanent supportive housing to victims of domestic violence.

We help families with counseling, education, financial literacy, children’s services, job readiness, health access, housing advocacy, home ownership, car ownership and much more. For many families who suffer from generational poverty and domestic violence, this is an opportunity of a lifetime for many families to start fresh, go to school, get a job and live violence-free.

In order to honor our lost families and individuals and bring awareness to domestic violence, Safe Harbor will host our annual Candlelight Vigil on Monday, Oct. 28, 5 p.m., at Harbor Hill’s cafeteria.

This year, our speaker will be Mayor Chuck Charles, and we will be honoring the City of Ashland, Steve Corbitt and his staff for their support of our families. If you are interested in working with our families, we are currently seeking volunteers to provide free tax preparation for families in January, and we are looking for tutors for our children who are struggling with homework after school.

Please contact Jennifer Allen, outreach coordinator, if you are interested in volunteering.

Ann Perkins, Executive Director, Safe Harbor  of Northeast Kentucky

KET celebrates 45th anniversary

It’s well documented that an informed and educated citizenry is vital for our country to prosper. When the National Defense Education Act of 1958 was unveiled under President Eisenhower, educational television was identified as playing an important role in providing educational opportunities and access to the American people.

KET’s founder, O. Leonard Press, and supporters across the state worked tirelessly to bring public television to Kentucky. That dream became a reality 45 years ago when KET signed on for its first broadcast on Sept. 23, 1968.

Over the decades, KET’s commitment to breaking down geographic and economic barriers and bringing access to education to every Kentuckian, regardlesss of their background or location, has remained constant.

Today, KET broadcasts (free, over the air) three distinct channels: KET, KET2, and the Kentucky Channel. And its robust website is a great resource for information on topics about Kentucky, education, health, public affairs, and the arts and culture.

We can count on KET to bring us wonderful documentaries, beautiful arts and cultural programs, and timely public affairs programs that keep us informed about the issues facing Kentucky, the nation, and the world.

As KET celebrates its milestone anniversary, we thank those who support this important Kentucky treasure that’s dedicated to educating, informing, and inspiring us every day. To learn more about KET, and how you can get involved, visit ket.org.

Mary D. Dykes, member, KET’s Friends’ Board

Letters invited

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