Editorial draws sharp criticism
In response to the Nov. 10 editorial offering advice to the new city manager, I couldn't disagree with you more. I have worked under both systems of government and believe you are confused as to the role of a city manager.
It sounds like the paper would pay Mr. Bitter $110,000 a year plus a $500 a month vehicle allowance then tell him not to express any opinions or utilize the education and talents which were the reason for his initial hiring.
Retract that ridiculous rubbish. Wish Mr. Bitter well, and tell him to both manage and lead. Perhaps you should tell the elected officials to get out of his way and let him do the job they selected him to perform. This also goes for department heads. Perhaps it is time to move outside your philosophical comfort zone in order to improve our city.
Not to insult our city commission, but part-time politicians exist due to voter popularity, not based on their talent or expertise in moving Ashland forward. That’s why we hire a city manager. City commissioners did their job and selected the best candidate. Mr. Bitter must now move the city forward. I hope and pray for his success.
Perhaps Mr. (Bill) Fisher (former city manager) wasn’t all that good. Doing nothing may increase a city manager’s job longevity but it won’t benefit the city of Ashland.
Please encourage Mr. Bitter to use his education, knowledge and ability. Ashland is in decline and no matter how much we want to hold onto the past, the future requires change and vision. If I were Mr. Bitter and read your editorial, I would have serious concern as to the type of regressive, backwards focused city that employed me.
The editorial embarrassed both the city and The Independent.
Mike Wilson, Ashland
Editorial draws sharp criticism
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thumbs up to Trooper First Class Shane Goodall of Flatwoods for being named 2013 Trooper of the Year for Kentucky.
05/18/2014 — This Week in the Tri-State
Magolene S. Fraley 1929-2014
Magolene Spears Fraley, 84, of Wurtland, died Saturday in Community Hospice Care Center in Ashland.
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.
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.
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