Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)


December 5, 2012

In Your View



Jim Fout helped feed thousands

Last week, Ashland lost a great man, Mr. Jim Fout.

Mr. Fout was a retired Ashland Oil employee who saw a need in the community and worked to address it. He and his fellow retirees founded River Cities Harvest, a local food recovery and distribution agency.

Through his years with River Cities Harvest, Jim was responsible for helping to feed thousands of Tri-State area residents.

Until recently, Mr. Fout continued to be an active volunteer for River Cities Harvest, overseeing the Post Office Food Drive in May and also the Feed the Children delivery in July.  Mr. Fout’s tireless dedication and strong sense of community helped to make him an invaluable part of the River Cities Harvest organization.

On behalf of the board of River Cities Harvest and its many volunteers, we salute Jim Fout and the work he has done throughout the years.  He will be missed by all who knew him but his legacy of giving will live on.

 Kristy Gross, President, River Cities Harvest, Ashland

Ashland parade sharply criticized

I had the experience of attending the Ashland Christmas parade this year, and it was so bad that Ashland should be ashamed to even have a Christmas parade if it is going to be like this last one.

In the past, I have seen so many people there that they were five to six deep from the curb, but this year you could easily just walk right up to the curb with no problem as they were only two or three deep. The Ashland Christmas parade has become so boring that everyone is starting to go elsewhere to find something more interesting and enjoyable.

They won’t allow the police cruisers or fire trucks to blow their sirens that children and adults love because of just a handful of people who wanted to whine and complain about the noise hurting their ears. Well those people should just stay home and watch it on television and quit ruining it for the majority of the people.

You can go to Russell and Flatwoods parade and the one in Ironton and they all sound their sirens and everyone loves it. That is what makes a parade and they was way more people there than at the one in Ashland. Two of our major schools in this area were not even in the parade, Russell High and Greenup County High, and I can see why they were not interested in being there!

It’s a shame that the city leaders of Ashland let just a few ruin it for the majority, and everyone wonders why Ashland doesn’t grow or prosper. This is just one of the narrow-minded things that keep it from growing. Wake up, Ashland leaders, do your job for the good of the majority of the people, not just a few.

Leonard Stevens, Flatwoods

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