Where are


Where are the Christians? How come they are sitting by, watching Kentucky’s executive branch renege on the state’s incentive originally offered by the state’s economic and tourism officials to Answers in Genesis’ theme park, the Ark Encounter.

If AIG accepted the conditions the state now wants to impose, then they would be required to hire atheists and all sorts of non-Christians to work at their theme park. That would be like hiring an atheist as your pastor. AIG also wouldn’t be able to present the gospel at the Ark theme park.

What’s wrong with you Christians in Kentucky? That wouldn’t fly even in New Jersey. There would be a flood of people in the streets before we would let that happen.

What’s wrong with your Kentucky legislators? Don’t they know that AIG is a Christian organization? What do they expect?

You Kentucky Christians are looking like wimps. Stand up for yourselves. Get out there and demand that your state government do what’s right instead of bowing to pressure by atheists groups outside your state.

We here at the Creation Science Hall of Fame are hoping that we could construct our building somewhere between the Ark Encounter and the Creation Museum. Just think of the revenue these projects would bring to the state of Kentucky. Your gas stations, lodging, stores and restaurants would be booming with tourists.

Get with it, Kentucky. Do what is right and don’t be afraid to give an answer for your beliefs in our Lord.


Nick Lally

Tranquility, N.J.

Weighing in

on NFL issue

Having retired from officiating as a referee in football, as well as other sports, I feel compelled to respond to the publicity given the footballs used in the Patriots/Colts game.

In defense of the coach of the Patriots, the burden rests on the referee in assuring that the ball or balls meet the specified official standard. There are ways to test the balls without carrying an air gauge in his or her pocket. Most all referee’s handle the ball during the game and by holding the ball by the ends and apply pressure toward the center is usually 97 percent + accurate. Thus the 1 pound spread for a legal inflated ball.

Once the ball has been approved for play and as the officials handle the ball throughout the contest it is usually randomly “hand tested.” A basketball is usually tested by holding at a designated height and when dropped should come up to a level of common bounce.

I don’t like to ridicule my peers but if it walks like a duck it usually is a duck. Let’s try to remember why the officials are called officials and the coaches are called “coach.”

Barry Barbour


Incorrect info

given on BWH

As much as I try not to go on rants, forgive and forget and let things roll off my back there is an article in The Independent on Wednesday about the program that I coordinate / work for...the home incarceration program with BWH.

 It was reported that Commissioner Carl Tolliver stated that Pretrial Services do all the drug testing for the program. False. We do approximately 200 drug tests a month with the cost being included in the daily fee the county pays.

He says that there is no need for drug searches. If someone is on the program who has been charged with a drug charge then YES there is a need for searches..

He says that there are no participants in the program who are charged with Domestic issues. Wrong again.

We have had and still have numerous domestic violence offenders on the program. Anyone who knows me knows I would not be involved in something that is not ethical. I'm not sure where he is getting his information because he is making statements that are not true.

I would like to believe that he is misinformed but I’m not so sure. If he would ask I would give him the facts but he nor the reporter Lana Bellamy called us to find out the truth.

Is this the way Tolliver does all his/ county/taxpayers business?

Tim Wechsler


Be voice for

the children

Every day in this country, 1,900 children become victims of abuse or neglect, and four of them will die. Every day of the year.  

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for Children is a network of 951 community-based programs that recruit, train and support citizen-volunteers to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children in courtrooms and communities. Volunteer advocates—empowered directly by the courts—offer judges the critical information they need to ensure that each child’s rights and needs are being attended to while in foster care.

Shelly and her mother were horribly abused by her father.   Finally he left and Shelly thought life would be better.  Then the mental illness of her mother became her foe.  After being locked up for a week without food or water, Shelly was taken from her mother and entered foster care.  During her years in foster care, she had many different people involved in her life.  But the one constant person was her CASA worker. Her CASA worker became the anchor she needed to help her make the choices that enabled her to create a successful life for herself.  Shelly’s CASA worker believed in her, and helped Shelly learn to believe in herself.

CASA of Northeast Kentucky, located in Catlettsburg, is now accepting volunteers for the fall training. The main requirement is that you have a genuine desire to help children, and that you have approximately 10 hours per month to work on your case.  We provide the training and the volunteer coordinator is always available for support.

To volunteer, call 606-739-2177 or come by our office at 2800 Louisa Street in Catlettsburg.  

You CAN be the voice for a child.

Melissa Boggs


Alcohol as bad

as smoking

I applaud CVS for not  selling cigarettes anymore. But they can still sell alcohol.

So I don’t understand. You can get alcohol but you can’t smoke?

Alcohol destroys families and a drunken parent cannot raise a child. Where are our morals?  

I have never heard of someone being killed or hurt by a smoking driver but i sure have a drunken driver.

Cheryl Fields


Not happy with

VA treatment

I just want the people in my home county of Greenup and also of Boyd County to know just how the Veteran Administration treats veterans.

I served seven years from 1948 to 1955. In 1949 I had a bad accident, was out of it six days. It affected my hearing. In 1963, it was so bad, I went stone deaf. Hines VA Hospital restored my hearing and still supply my hearing aids.

I was in the U.S. Air Force special construction group in 1997. I filed a claim and they, after all that time, turned me down again. Rand Paul is kind to me.

In April 1997, in Huntington, W.Va., I was admitted with triple pneumonia. I was released with double pneumonia. I have all the records. The lady doctor in Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital ER (it was two hours later) said this three times: “You mean to tell me your husband was just released from the VA in Huntington, W.Va., two hours ago? Another hour and he would of been dead.”

Here is what the director of the VA told me after I spent 16 days in Bellefonte hospital.

“We know that we did this to you, but you try to prove it.” This was a VA hospital. I gave seven years of life, I put it on the line and what have I got?

I feel sorry for all the boys returning with nothing to look forward to.

My old house is leaking again.

Jimmie V. Paul Sr.

South Shore

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