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What happened at the United States Capitol on Jan. 6 was criminal. Everyone who broke the law hopefully will be arrested and prosecuted for their actions. I doubt that any conservative will seek ways to help bail them out of jail the way Kamala Harris did last summer when rioters were burnin…

To pray to God in the spirit of worship is a great privilege. It is also a great privilege to have an audience with Deity and to get alone with the creator of all life. But, many of our prayers recently have been ones of “fear and despair” in the light of the recent chaos in the Capitol.

I have not watched a UK basketball game this season because they decided to get into politics before the season, and started by wearing Black Lives Matter shirts on TV. This included the coaching staff. On Saturday, the players and coaches showed disrespect for the American flag.

I am new to the Ashland area. My family and I moved here at the end of June. I am the new senior minister at First Christian Church on Winchester Avenue. I am the Rev. Stephen Smythers, better known as Pastor Steve.

I read most of the "Opinion" page of the Jan. 9-10 paper, which was really a "slamming" of the  American people and Donald Trump. One writer said that the events of Wednesday were not attacking an issue. I beg to differ. The events of Wednesday were attacking an election that was decided by …

Wednesday, I was reminded of a quote by the late author Isaac Asimov. “Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.”

Why are there lockdowns? They don’t work. There’s no way you can enforce it because it is unconstitutional. It sounds to me that the government is trying to control our lives. It’s not going to happen.

My letter on July 23, 2020, warning readers if President Donald Trump lost the election has come to fruition. In 1934, when Adolph Hitler gained absolute power, his first order for the military was swearing an oath of allegiance and obedience to him — not to their constitution and country.

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I empathize with downtown Nashville residents as they struggle with the aftermath of the Christmas Day act of domestic terrorism. I’m relieved that recent sporadic protests by Ashland residents have not yet caused physical and material damage.

Whatever happened to the live and let live Christian? I tried to teach my children the lesson Jesus taught at the well. The sin is between the sinner and the Heavenly Father — not between the sinner and another sinner like me or you.

The unavoidable fact that one of the NFC East’s four terrible teams is going to make the playoffs this season as a National Football League division winner is a travesty. The Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants and Washington Football Team have four of the worst win-loss rec…

The plant we know so well as the poinsettia has a long and interesting history. Native to Central America, the plant flourished in an area of Southern Mexico known as Taxco del Alarcon. The Aztecs used the plant for decorative purposes but also put the plant to practical use.

I would like to congratulate Coach Tony Love and the Ashland Tomcats on winning the state championship game. I’m proud of the boys who kept the tradition going. I’m proud to be a Tomcat alumnus, and I’m hoping I can get into coaching with the ’Cats sometime again. Congratulations from a form…

Can we do better than whine that Governor Beshear is to blame for killing business, shutting down schools and essentially creating to job loss? Gov. Beshear is pursuing a strategy to mitigate the virus's spread enabling us to reopen schools, businesses, etc. We must terminate COVID-19 before…

Words cannot express how much our community will miss Susan Hunt. Susan took a very small and valuable agency and created an outstanding state of the art facility and end-of-life service provider in the Tri-State. Her vision, hard work and smarts took this agency to be one of the top Hospice…

I would like to say congratulations to the Ashland Tomcats football team for winning their semifinals game on Friday night. You played a great game. Now, go get the big prize, bring home a state title for the first time in 30 years. Bring it home. From one Tomcat to another, once a Tomcat al…

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Yes, it is still 2020. But now it’s December, so we are in the final stretch, however, and the pandemic will continue for some time into 2021. But what have we learned from all of the tumultuous events of the past year?

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The recent decision of the U.S. Supreme Court to deny President Donald Trump’s attempt to overturn the results of the election has sent a strong message to all of us. The Trump team had plenty of time to present its evidence of election fraud in court during the blizzard of 40 lawsuits, and …

Gov. Andy Beshear is killing off more small businesses every day with his shutting down of restaurants. In the past two weeks, my wife and I have gone to Ohio and West Virginia to dine in a restaurant.

We want to agree with Kristie Whitlatch on the distribution plan for the COVID-19 vaccine for Kentucky. A glaring omission was evident when it came to northeastern Kentucky. This same prioritizing was evident when the state rolled out early testing for COVID-19.

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The so-called “election” seems to have ended with the America haters pulling off the greatest farce in national history. For those of you who think the career politicians you voted for will care about “your interests” once they occupy the White House, I am laughing at you as I write this. Yo…

Recently, a local politician made a social media post stating that my husband had harassed and attacked him online for over a year, and that he feared for his safety. I took it upon myself to fact-check by searching old posts, trying to find actual verbal threats and harm. There was none to …

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Born-again Christians have a difficult time with a democracy form of government because, being a Bible student, knowing the Bible is not a democracy. It is based on an either-or theory. You are either right or wrong and there is nothing in between.

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For the first time in our nation's history, Donald Trump's Trumpian party has pushed to overturn a free and fair election by insinuation and apocryphal lies. They lack any evidence of the fraud the Trumpian Party is alleging, as they hope to overthrow the recent presidential election. 

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An excerpt from my denomination’s church covenant reads as follows: “We agree to accept Christian admonition and reproof with meekness, and to watch over one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bonds of peace, to be careful of one another’s happiness and reput…

More people voted in the 2020 presidential election than in 2016. And we are to believe most voted for Biden? “C’mon man!” He could only garner a few cars at his rallies. The news media installed Joe as president-elect, not the voters.  

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We followed the sounds of music from 17th Street, site of the former city jailhouse, to a rock’s throw away in the 15th Street alley way. There, glory, glory, hallelujah, an awesome celebration was popping! Viva Las Vegas! Whoopee!

Next week, President Trump will take a break from brooding over his election loss to pardon two turkeys. Every one of us has that same awesome power to pardon an innocent, sentient bird by choosing a plant-based roast for our Thanksgiving dinner.

The first reported death in the United States from COVID-19 was on Feb. 6, 2020. Since then, 279 unimaginably tragic days have passed and the baleful microbe has claimed more than 240,000 American lives.

The American people chose a president last week, yet he alone cannot heal the polarization in our country. It is likely that Democrats will control the House and Republicans the Senate resulting in a gridlock for another four years.

Here's something we can all agree on: Pets are great. This National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week, let's take a moment to support those who care for cats, dogs and other animals as they await for a forever home.

In this 2020 General Election, both parties are wondering why their strategies aren’t working as planned. The Republican Party strongholds have rallied the base into straight-ticket voting — something that has been working for them since the G.W. Bush and the Tea Party years.

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Your article in Wednesday’s paper (Nov. 4) had an interesting ending about Chris Harris and his loss to Judge Bob Conley. Mr. Harris is quoted bad-mouthing The Daily Independent for its coverage of Judge Conley. As I remember, The Daily Independent covered Conley’s fundraiser at the McConnel…

The poll workers at Boyd County Middle School deserve kudos for the efficiency with which they were able to handle the high voter turnout.

I hear and read that Joe Biden wants to make public corporations pay their “fair share” by raising corporate income tax rates. Surely everyone that reads your paper knows that corporations don’t pay taxes; their customers pay their taxes. President Trump lowered corporate tax rates from 39% …

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President Donald Trump has been saying that the reason COVID-19 cases are increasing in the United States is because we are testing too much. He reasons that if we were to reduce COVID testing, there would be fewer cases and less suffering. What a brilliant observation!

Are you a political left or right? How many people know what that means? I have never seen an article clarifying those definitions. I do not want to be put on either list. I want to make my decisions on each issue, not left or right.

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