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For the first time in two years, the Local Planning Committee for Carter County Schools held a meeting to hear information regarding consolidating high schools, building a career and technical center, and athletic complex. Those who attended that meeting learned that with ESSER funds, bondin…

Sarah Weddington was the 28-year-old attorney who successfully argued for the legalization of abortion before the United States Supreme Court. The Court concurred with her argument and voted to legalize abortion on Jan. 22, 1973.  Sadly, Weddington spent her entire adult life fighting for th…

This letter is in answer to Steve Chapman’s column and Paul Whiteley’s letter in the Jan. 12 and 13 issues of The Daily Independent. Chapman said — and I quote — “Hillary graciously conceded the election” and “her supporters recognized the fact that they lost according to the rules of the game.”

A year following the 2016 presidential election was when I had first heard someone talk about “Nancy Pelosi,” the at-the-time ex-Speaker of the House. I was in my eighth-grade history class at Ashland Middle School (formerly Verity) that I particularly enjoyed due to the daily debates that I…

It seems Carter County high schools are a lot closer to consolidation; in fact, to some, it seems like a given. For those on the West end, now is the time to contact board members, as well as the superintendent. West end stakeholders need to ask these questions: Why is it so hard to get mone…

For a democracy to exist there must be two viable political parties. On Jan. 6, 2021, some of the Republican Party went rogue in its attempt to overthrow our democracy with the intentions of installing the yolk of an autocratic government upon our nation.

The Daily Independent had a nice article about Clarence “Soc” Clay, who died at age 86. Soc had much influence with almost everyone in Greenup County. He formed the Alben Barkley Club that pretty much governed the Democrat party in Greenup County. Alben Barkley served in both houses in Washi…

Many Americans will finish up the holiday season with a home cooked New Year’s meal. The excitement of Christmas is officially over, time to head back to school, so a “bit of luck” by consuming cabbage and other “good luck foods” might be the ticket many families will traditionally follow.

New Year’s resolutions actually go back to ancient times! In 2000 B.C., the Babylonians celebrated the New Year during the 12-day festival called Akitu (starting with the vernal equinox). This was the start of the farming season to plant crops, crown their king and make promises to pay their…

In the Dec. 11-12 weekend edition of The Daily Independent, we read “Three Houses Down” with compassion for Mr. Herring’s dilemma. I want to assure him that “suspicious activity” is in every neighborhood. It is now a way of life the way the world stands today. It is a fact of life.

I’m a Winter Texan. I live in McAllen, Texas from November until April, then I come home to Kentucky. I read in The Daily Independent that the Ashland commissioners made the right move about feral cats.

Blue laws came to America with the first colonists and they restricted almost every activity on Sunday, the Sabbath. They outlawed everything from hunting on Sunday to selling any type of good. Some colonists prohibited dancing and loud laughing.

Let me preface this letter saying that I am very much a liberal-leaning person. Now to get to the point ... Everyone knows that Kyle Rittenhouse killed two men and wounded a third during a protest against police murdering a Black man. When I first heard the news I must admit that I was somew…

Television news broadcasts rarely deviate from a low standard of journalism that provides the who, what, where, and how, but rarely the why. What is left out is the significance of our news events. Reporters sometimes pass along what “experts” say on the subject, but the experts are safeguar…

In the Thursday, Nov. 11, edition of The Daily Independent, we find a special edition honoring our United States military and pictures of those who served locally and internationally to protect our freedom.

Now more than ever, veterans need the support of their communities — from the close-knit groups of families and friends who can be there for them during difficult times to the broader collection of elected officials and leaders who are policy creators and decision makers on veterans issues.

I would like to concur with Robert Montague (In Your View, Nov. 6) about the need to preserve Sandy Creek Golf Course. Over the last few years, The Oaks and Sundowner (Austin Hills) courses closed, eliminating the options for many golfers.

Last week, we received the Insight edition of The Daily Independent. It was so well put together and we learned so much about different places and people in our “community at large.” I am totally convinced that journalists never sleep.

To prevent further spread of the coronavirus, we should require everyone to get fully vaccinated (including a possible third dose) — unless exempted by a sincerely held religious belief or medical condition. We should write to our legislators and executives at all levels of government.

I read the editorial in “In Our View” in the Oct. 23-24 issue of The Daily Independent. You were slamming Donald Trump for setting up a media platform and calling Trump a liar. I did also pick up that you have a virulent hatred of Donald Trump.

Americans will once again celebrate Thanksgiving Day. It falls on Nov. 25 this year. It should be remembered that it was established in our country by believers and for believers in recognition of the harvest of the season.

Little scares me about Halloween or trick-or-treating. Ghosts, zombies, skeletons and witches have nothing on all the milk ingredients in candy and the frightening truth about the dairy industry.

A few weeks ago, I saw three praying mantises on my front porch. They were beautiful. And, I can’t think of a single person who is not charmed by their beauty. After doing a little research, I found these mantises were “wandering violin mantis." They have a large, thin body which resembles a…

I had a wonderful, sweet, 5-month-old kitten get suddenly very ill. Long story short, he had contracted parvo, or Panleukopenia, after going outside briefly. I had him fixed in August and he got his rabies shots the same time, but tragically I put off getting his HRCVP vaccine, thinking it c…

Sen. Mitch McConnell’s op-ed in The Daily Independent on Oct. 6 needs to be fact-checked. The Treasury’s proposed reporting requirements would not require that every transaction over $600 be reported to the IRS. What the proposal requires is reporting “gross inflows and outflows with a break…

Your reporting of recent academic test scores was not only shocking, but it was frightening. The idea that a significant group of people in an eastern Kentucky high school scored a 12 on the ACT is scary. This means that they probably are unable to read much beyond a third-grade level. Are w…

Your reporting of recent academic test scores was not only shocking, but it was frightening. The idea that a significant group of people in an eastern Kentucky high school scored a 12 on the ACT is scary. This means that they probably are unable to read much beyond a third-grade level. Are w…

I had to comment on Joe Barker's letter from the Sept. 24 issue of The Daily Independent. I agree that The Daily Independent has left out some very relevant news, not only national but also local, that favors the conservative thought.

The front-page article regarding Greenup County missing in excess of $100,000 due to embezzlement is a long overdue notice to the taxpayers. This newly created position in 2016 by the county leadership and filled by appointment or interview was long overdue as well and was meant to build eco…

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