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Most of us could benefit from a more balanced diet rich in fruits and veggies, and according to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans there’s also room in our diets to choose lean beef more often.

I used to pride myself on my ability to multi-task and felt good about being able to effectively juggle so many different tasks at one time. That is, until my arms grew tired and I just didn't want to juggle anymore. All of a sudden I felt that I was losing part of myself. And, I was not doi…

Having read some (but probably not all) of the articles written in The Daily Independent about “Camp Landing,” here’s some more food for fall fodder. First, the facts: The old Cedar Knoll Galleria, later KYOVA Mall has become a victim of a race to build two malls in 1989. It was initially su…

Thank God for our five United States Supreme Court justices who voted to allow a Texas law to stand, which bans abortions when a heartbeat is detected, about six weeks into the pregnancy.  Former President Trump fulfilled one of his promises when he nominated three of these pro-life justices…

The most peaceful time of day for me is the wee morning hours when the house is blanketed in a quiet slumber. The soft sunlight begins to stretch itself across the room and the birds chirp happily outside my window. I make a fresh cup of coffee and retreat to my spot at the kitchen table wit…

This is ridiculous. Another sleepless night in Rush. Here we sit at 6 in the morning, after listening to ATVs run the trails at Rush Off Road all night long. The manager and police keep telling us there is nothing they can do. Nothing they can do to stop blatant violations of the law. If the…

In the Sept. 1 edition, Sen. Mitch McConnell addressed the community leaders, expressing the dislike of President Biden’s way of ending the 20-year war in Afghanistan. But he didn’t say what the USA gained in the 20-year war.

Some folks can’t wait for the lovely colored autumn leaves, cooler weather and cozy sweaters that fall brings. Others dread the end of summer. But, according to the YouGov poll, America's favorite season is fall. I am no different. The transition from summer to winter; however, can create mi…

On Friday, Aug. 27, 2021, The Daily Independent ran another letter to the editor from Glenda Wellman Conn. Instead of religion, this time, we were “graced” with a political opinion stating that President Biden is entirely responsible for the “debacle” (as she called it) surrounding our withd…

As a mother of a career military man, I feel the pain of those parents of the 13 U.S. troops killed during the attack in Afghanistan. My son completed several tours in Afghanistan so I know the anxiety related to a son being overseas.

If Kentucky does another “Shot At A Million” giveaway to encourage COVID-19 vaccines, decision-makers should consider changing it to “Shot at Sharing a Million.” Realize that 1,677 winners can each receive a $597 check quickly processed by the Kentucky Lottery — and most importantly — no one…

What an absolute tragic mess in Afghanistan! Glenn Beck says if he could bring those stranded in Afghanistan to the southern border, they could just walk across.  President Biden’s “open border policy” is a sure way for them to get to the United States.

This month marks the retirement of Todd Young, the Executive Director of the Neighborhood — a man whose stature is above reproach and who has led with passion and conviction. For the last five years, he has poured his heart and soul into others by advocating for the underserved and underpriv…

I had to shave my beard again today, so that I can comfortably wear a mask again in public. The ignorance of anti-maskers and anti-vaxxers has held this country hostage, prolonged the pandemic and caused the needless death of countless Americans all because of their belief in conspiracies an…

I worry that we have yet to see the worst COVID-19 has to offer. I understand that the Lambda variant is now being tracked in Florida. This variant like the dominant Delta variant is highly transmissible. However, the fact that it may be vaccine resistant should frighten us all.

Another letter courtesy of Rush Off Road and their noise pollution. I’m sitting outside, trying to salvage a piece of quiet that existed before this for-profit business began to plague Rush, but all I hear are ATVs. It’s almost 1 a.m. They’ve had almost an hour to clear out the culprits, but…

Our small community has been targeted as a high-profile area for drug use and activity. Crimes go hand in hand with this epidemic that we are facing. Our state jails and federal prisons are full of men and women with a substance abuse problem that, due to their actions, has landed them behind bars.

In the Aug. 5 edition of The Daily Independent, a reader writes that the anti-maskers and unvaccinated are “not” his problem as his family did everything right by following CDC guidelines and government health mandates. Good for him! I did too! 

Once again I feel disheartened and compelled to write. How can anyone have seen the emotional testimony the officers gave in the recent congressional hearing about the attack on Jan. 6 and ignore the atrocities they suffered trying to protect the Capitol from the mob of Trump supporters atte…

The mid-term elections will soon be upon us. Here is some information that may be helpful to those not registered in one of the two major party platforms:

Anti-maskers and the unvaccinated are generally the same type of individuals. Last year when my family, like many others, was following CDC guidelines and government health mandates, we begged friends, co-workers and acquaintances to please wear a mask on behalf of my son and others with aut…

I’m not sure if hypersonic missiles or Iran’s drones have a chance of first-strike capability. If so, or if some countries will think so, and/or don’t fear a second strike, then we need to take preventative steps. The same applies to nuclear weapons (with or without these) and perhaps likewi…

Experts tell us the best defense against COVID-19 is vaccination. Some have taken the vaccine; others have not. I did my small part and received the J & J vaccine back in March with no problem.

I read with great interest your recent editorial in The Daily Independent entitled, “All in on childhood education.” As a former educator and teacher of child development classes, I have tried to incorporate the understanding of the importance of the formative years of a child’s life to my h…

Last week I went to several places — OP Therapy, Walmart, Walgreen’s and Kroger. I was surprised as to how many children were in each place. These are children who are not eligible for the virus vaccine. The adults who with them were wearing masks; the children were not.

As some of you know, the Portable Solutions Group of Companies (PSG) recently vacated the 50,000-square-foot airplane hangar at the Ashland Regional Airport in Worthington. PSG rented this facility for 12 years (2009-2021). We recently consolidated our operations into a manufacturing facilit…

Raceland Mayor Talmadge McPeek stated the Race Days event cost the city $7,000. I cannot confirm or deny the amount of money the city spent on 2019 Race Days. I was Mayor from 2015-18 and I am familiar with those costs.

On July 4, our nation had another birthday. Those Patriots who signed the Declaration of Independence — Jefferson, Adams, Hancock, etc. — placed their treasure and life on the line if the revolution should fail. At that time, these men were facing the most powerful man (King George) and arme…

As the sun peaks over the expansive tree line that seemingly holds the mountain range in place, the world underneath it dances with shimmering light reflected off the morning dew, which coated all it has touched. As the birds begin to sing and the squirrels forage for their morning breakfast…

Greenup County Sheriff Matt Smith was right in speech at Ashland Rotary Club, in that mainstream Democrats are going to “trickle down to local communites.” Who supports defunding law enforcement? Who supports rioting and looting? Why would any cop, deputy or trooper want to continue? Do peop…

I wanted to clear the air on rumors that have been circulating around town regarding Race Days being moved to Worthington. There was not a letter sent by me asking Race Days to be moved. Ann Catlin asked me after last council meeting if I was going to allow Race Days to be held in Raceland, …

I am overjoyed that you shared the story of the Blazer teens and residents at Morning Pointe. In times when most of what you hear of COVID-19 is heartbreaking, this is amazing and hopeful.

For the 13 million kids in the U.S. who may face hunger today, summer is usually the hungriest time of year. This summer, however, may be a different story because new benefits and temporary waivers are helping to reach even more kids with the food they need. For example, they allow parents …

For much of the last 200 years, people living in and around this city have been producing iron and steel that was exported across the globe. A few relics of this industry dot the area, but the greatest, and last operating examples are the blast furnaces at the Armco Ashland Works.

With many good festivals and events, sponsors often play a very significant role in their success. This has certainly been true for Summer Motion over the years, which has rested on the support and commitment of community-minded organizations.  

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