Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

August 11, 2013

In Your View

The Independent

ASHLAND — Another location needed for center

In response to the Aug. 8 editorial headlined “Ambushed:” Contrary to the newspaper’s view, it was one of the Court’s finest hours when it made the informed decision refusing to sign the application for Pathways to receive funding for the Recovery Center in the Cedar Knoll neighborhood and was nothing resembling a circus — no ringmasters. Judge Stevens was in complete control, but did not deny free speech.

The Court and the Boyd County residents encourage and will not oppose a Recovery Center.  To the contrary, we encourage Pathways to seek a site in Boyd County similar to the seven men’s centers across the state.

Ambused? Pathways announced attendance at court meeting to answer questions. Unaware that representatives from 178 families in Cedar Knoll and other neighborhoods would attend to ask poignant questions? Surprised at the level of the preparedness? Surprised, after discussion, that the court may deny the application? The resounding answer is no ambush. 

Residents met Monday evening and chose five people as spokespersons. Information was organized in the following three categories for questioning: (1) The site’s appropriateness, KDMC aborting plans, underground mines, graves. (2) Questions concerning the program, (3) Action Plan. Except for two or three voices, our plan was implemented in an orderly and respectful manner.

Facts:  Center houses 100 men suffering from addiction (60, committed crimes, of whom are placed by Department of Corrections).  Patients leave center in the morning and “trudge” the neighborhood, returning in the evening.  Unlike other centers, there’s no public transportation system.  Two staff members after 4 p.m. Some staff members are recovering addicts. Peer monitoring; regression in treatment steps for misbehavior.

These men are 100 individuals, not “others,” suffering from addiction who could be a family member or friend. My plea is that Pathways finds a site in Boyd County similar to the other centers.

Judy Nichols, Ashland

Good idea but wrong place

I have been reading all about the Recovery Kentucky drug treatment center.  I just had to voice my opinion.

Great idea, good news, wrong place.

I think the treatment center should be in Ashland. There is property for sale on 8th and Central Avenue that I think would be ideal. In fact, behind it on Bath Avenue, a house is for sale and the house next door at 845 Bath is a rental. It might be possible to buy other houses on that block if they need more space. It is close to everything needed.

No one opposed the Hospice building on Central Avenue. There’s no difference. Many people depend on Hospice at the end of their lives. The Recovery treatment center is helping people in their lives. That is how we got the Betty Ford Center. She was one of these people with a disease. I wonder how many people in that subdivision would have cared to have the former first lady move next door to them?

Love your neighbor as yourself. Isn’t that what we are supposed to do? When the Lord calls us it will not matter the value of your property value or anything else. But for the grace of God it could be us. Any of us would be grateful to get help with this disease. Think about this! God knows everything!

Bernadette Slusher, Ashland

Leave power plant as it is

As an introduction, I believe in God and I also believe that one person can make a difference in this world. I have seen it happen. It only takes one person to get the ball rolling, and through a faithful following, others can come aboard, and changes can be made! My purpose here is to offer encouragement to someone who has the time to pursue a cause.  And this cause is the Big Sandy Power Plant in Lawrence County, Kentucky.

There has been a lot of talk lately per what will happen with the power plant which supplies electricity to a great big part of eastern Kentucky. Scrubbers have been mentioned and a total shut-down with replacement of our electricity out of northern West Virginia is also a possibility.

In either case, you can be assured it will cost us a bundle. New EPA regulations are due out on June 1, 2015, which Kentucky will need to implement one year later. At this point in time, no one knows what the new regulations will entail or what course to take.

Thanks to President Obama, the June unemployment rate jumped from10.2 percent a year ago to 11.5 percent in Lawrence County. He is also bringing the coal industry to its knees, literally and figuratively.  Considering, too, how all else of his grandiose plans have faltered, we need to pray for him, for he knows not what he does.

In view of this, I believe the best course for us, in regard to the power plant, would be to leave things exactly as they currently are for the next 10 years.  With this in mind, I would hope, and pray, that someone can take this thought and run with it, for all our sakes. One person can make a difference. God bless you all.

John F. Enyart , Ashland

Lindsey Cemetery needs donations

The Lindsey Cemetery Fund is in desperate need of donations to keep the cemetery mowed and free of clutter. We are running out of money fast, and we will not be able to keep it looking clean, attractive and comforting without some help.

We are asking family members interested in helping with this effort to please send any donations to the Lindsey Cemetery Fund, c/o Paul and Ruth Damron, 3826 N. State Hwy. 7, Grayson, Ky. 41143. Should you have any questions, please feel free call at (606) 474-6194.

Paul and Ruth Damron, Lindsey Cemetery Fund, Grayson

Good Samaritan turns in purse

I was shopping at Kroger’s on Tuesday and somehow left my purse there, either in the cart or elsewhere. I did not miss it until Wednesday. I called Kroger’s and was told a good Samaritan had turned it in.

Since I can’t thank them in person, I hope they read this letter. There are still angels among us. God bless you.

Geraldine Hatfield, Ashland

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