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I read that states are already mailing out ballots for the upcoming election. What I am wondering is how can any ballots be mailed without either party having their convention to officially name the president and vice president candidates.

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When you see suffering in the lives of others around you, how do you react? As you navigate the streets of Ashland and Boyd County, if you look closely, you can see the pain of those left behind by life and the suffering they face. Some suffer from addiction, while others suffer from generat…

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Shoppers line the grocery aisles with calculators in hand trying to find the best deals. I am no exception. Price hikes during this pandemic have forced many buyers to think twice before buying. And, experts predict prices will get higher before they stabilize once again. The sooner the better!

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I am writing this letter to the editor to give credit to circuit court office employees. On Monday, July 20, after getting my car tax paid at the old courthouse, I went over to the new courthouse, and emptied my pockets at the guard station to get my driver’s license.

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Every year our church observes a memorial service for those who have departed and gone before us. It's a great way to remember our loved ones and remind us of our “roots.” February marked the sixth year of my husband passing and each year his memory grows sweeter and sweeter. We know that “l…

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I still feel afraid and unsafe around people who don’t wear masks in public. It’s because they are the ones spreading COVID-19, sometimes unknowingly.

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On Saturday, The Daily Independent’s lead story detailed our city manager’s contract extension offered by the board of city commissioners. My take-away from that article were these comments: “... who has done an excellent job,” “I’m a big fan of Mike Graese,” and “He’s a very hard worker, he…

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I am writing this letter in response to Mr. Ewing and all the other writers who have canceled their subscriptions to The Daily Independent because they did not agree with an article or viewpoint expressed in the paper. Canceling your subscription and quitting the paper is absolutely the wron…

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The body of James D. Smith was found located inside of a tent behind Ruby Tuesday Sunday afternoon. The coroner reported that Mr. Smith might have been there for days lying inside his tent, waiting to be found.

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I want to extend a letter of thanks to The Daily Independent for continuing and responsible reporting of the truth, meaningful analyses of current events in politics, and for being a foundational business in which the local community can take pride in.

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Sadness and regret are the first two things this gloomy day brings me when I open my eyes. It has rained since Monday. I cannot begin to conceptualize what Amy’s children, family and close friends are feeling, because my despair is deep.

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Every life matters ... and so do the business owners and their store property. Rioting, looting and burning of buildings bring back memories of the 1960s, when it was taking place almost daily, driven by a few leaders whose names I won’t mention. I did not agree with it then, and I certainly…

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The BLM movement isn’t a recent group, nor led by an ungodly alliance. But like every movement, there are those who for various reasons try to usurp authority claiming to represent them. It’s been around since July 2013, after the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the death of African America…

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If someone can say, “I am offended,” and a statue or a name is removed, I want to say, ”I am offended.” I am offended by the editorial from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on our President Trump.

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I love Ashland. While I was not blessed to be born here, I am proud to have chosen Ashland to raise my family and serve in the community. Each day I am heartbroken to read another negative innuendo or post about a candidate(s) running for office. We are better than this, Ashland.

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I live in Greenup County and went to the courthouse to get my driver’s license renewed this week. As I entered downtown Greenup, I noticed they have beautiful flower baskets hanging everywhere. Obviously, someone or a group has apparently provided these and care for them. They are gorgeous!

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This has been a busy week for the Portsmouth American Legion Post 23 Honor Guard, burial detail. We performed the 21-gun salute five times in five days. So we also had a lot of waiting on the transport bus. During this time I often found myself with a fellow South Shore resident. He reads Th…

Many students will be returning to the classroom in August. But, the longer the coronavirus disruption goes on, the more parents seem convinced that at-home learning might be better. In at least three new polls, anywhere from 15-40% of families say they’re ready to make the switch to homesch…

“Thanks” is too small a word for allowing me the opportunity to work for almost 43 years here at The Daily Independent. I can’t thank every single person because I’m afraid I’ll leave someone out. I’ve made several good friends over the years.

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…

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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…

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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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