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Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of meeting one of the most honest and sincere people I think I have ever met. At my request only earlier in the day, Becky Miller, a candidate for Ashland city commissioner, came to our house to talk. Talk, we did.

Our local leaders have done a terrific job up to this point. They’ve responded appropriately to this crisis with sound reasoning. They’ve made difficult decisions to keep us safe, and I appreciate that. Now, they have an opportunity to demonstrate more leadership and common sense by doing th…

Many of us in the community were saddened to learn the news of Our Lady of Bellefonte's closing affecting 1,000 employees and the community at large. It has been a landmark in the community for years and their Catholic mission outreach beyond reproach. In our fractured society, there is alwa…

The recent loss of the final 260 jobs at AK Steel and now the devasting news about the closing of Bellefonte Hospital makes one hope that our elected officials make it as convenient as possible for these hard-working people to temporarily keep the bills paid and apply for unemployment benefits.

As the proud son of a woman who spent more than 50 years working as an LPN, RN, Flight Nurse and Neonatal Nurse Practitioner in the Tri-State, I find the recent announcement of Our Lady of Bellefonte’s pending closure particularly gut-wrenching.

Well, that didn't take long. Within one month of Kentucky voters electing a Democrat governor, the House Democrats want to raise taxes on all Kentuckians by increasing sales tax to 8% (along with certain property tax hikes). However, this shouldn’t come as a surprise as it illustrates just h…

Dear Editor: I write this letter as someone who had the honor and privilege of serving as the Superintendent of the Ashland City Schools from 2000-2008. I believed then as I do now that a pre-school/kindergarten center located at Central Park in the heart of downtown, plus the location of th…

First of all, the car that started the chase that started in the Catlettsburg Rite-Aid on July 7 almost clipped the car I was driving while taking my mother to an appointment. I was passing the Ashland Inn Motel when this took place.

To say I am disappointed in The Daily Independent’s “Editorial Board” would be a gross understatement. Their lazily written piece against me on July 2 missed my argument entirely. While I had an opinion regarding the motion to reduce employee raises from 4 to 2 percent, this was not the esse…

Kudos to the mayor and commissioners Marshall Steen and Matt Perkins for looking out for taxpayers and passing a 2-percent raise for city employees instead of the proposed 4 percent. I think the mayor said it best: “There’s no magic pot of money. It’s coming off of taxpayers’ backs. ... I ju…

Recently, I was included in an editorial written by the paper titled, “Silence is golden,” about the importance of recusing oneself when there is an appearance of a conflict of interest. I completely agree. That is why from day one, I asked for guidance from our city attorney on issues such …

I applaud the editorial in the Sunday Daily Independent.  I thought it was insightful and to the point concerning Commissioner Clark and the conflict of interest she created when she took a stand and voted for a pay increase for city employees that would benefit her husband and family. Havin…

After reading The Daily Independent today, I feel compelled to comment on the Ashland City Commission meeting. I am a lifelong citizen of Ashland and worked two years at water distribution and 26 years at the fire department. After retiring, I served 10 years on the Planning and Zoning Commi…

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