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Rep. Joseph Fischer, R-Fort Thomas, pre-filed House Bill 60 for the upcoming legislative session. It is a wolf in sheep’s clothing! It begins with well-meaning ideas that teachers cannot teach that one race or sex is inherently superior to another, or that moral character is determined by ra…

Last week, Amir Zadeh wrote a letter urging families to stop buying meat to save the planet from climate change. The author suggested plant-based fake meat was a better option. Choking down ultra-processed meat alternatives won’t save the planet — and it could be bad for your health.

Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States, for remembering those who died while serving in the armed forces. It’s easy to forget the meaning of the day because folks are anxious to swim, picnic, watch a parade, hear a concert or take a family vacation.

Hats off (again) to Henry Culvyhouse for his Saturday, May 22, front-page report on the current state of drugs. His organized, very informative and scary article was shocking and covered all levels of our drug problem.

My hats off to the young men who earned and deserved Eagle Scout. But just as a matter of some information, my Court of Honor in 1971 had seven of us earning Eagle Scout. It was not a time of COVID, but a good scoutmaster can help those boys. We had an excellent scoutmaster who produced many…

Last week, Amir Zadeh wrote a letter urging families to stop buying meat to save the planet from climate change. The author suggested plant-based fake meat was a better option. Choking down ultra-processed meat alternatives won’t save the planet — and it could be bad for your health.

In the Friday, May 14, edition of The Daily Independent, we read Vicki Barouxis, owner and operator of Jolly Pirate will take a back seat while her son Nicholas steps forward to operate the doughnut shop.

After submitting a letter to you a couple of weeks ago complaining about the poor coverage of the event the Boyd County Republican Women hosted for Congressman Hal Rogers a few weeks ago, I have to say that I was extremely pleased about the front-page blowout you provided covering our Nation…

I very much appreciate our law enforcement officers. I depend on them to protect my family and property. They risk their lives every time they leave their house and family to work their shift. They are certainly not appreciated as they once were, even by law-abiding citizens who once support…

By a joint resolution on Oct. 1, 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed Public Law 87-726 that declared May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15 falls as National Police Week, the annual tribute to law enforcement service and sacrifice.

So, I heard on Fox News that President Biden may be banning meat to combat global warming. Then I remembered that Colorado Democrat Gov. Jared Polis had issued a similar proclamation last month.

I would like to comment on Vincenzo Fressola’s letter on April 28. In his letter, he recommended that parallel parking be accomplished by pulling into the slot head-first and then backing out into traffic. This is wrong! This would cause several accidents every week.

Throughout history men have renounced society in times of worldliness and have retired into solitude to achieve personal holiness apart from society into monastic life. And, several influences today contribute to the rise of monasticism, but laziness is not one of them. Scripture seems to su…

We faced challenges during the past year that made clear just how critical access to reliable, high-speed broadband is for all Kentuckians — especially our students. Unfortunately, more than 300,000 Kentuckians remain unable to get connected to the Internet. That means far too many Kentucky …

What a year it was! 2020 will certainly be written in the history books for oh so many reasons: OLBH closed after 70 years; the COVID-19 global pandemic shut down the world; the stock market plummeted and rebounded along with cryptocurrencies, racial unrest with police force against Black co…

Having practiced as a registered Landscape Architect in my hometown for 35 years, it’s time to say, “I’m excited!” There are suddenly so many wonderful things happening in our city and county. Our community is simply fraught with opportunity and poised for something really special.

I would like to respond to the April 28 letter from Russell City Councilman Vincenzo Fressola, regarding his opinions on our traffic study in Ashland. While I appreciate the input on the proposed options, I don’t appreciate the inaccurate statements such as the Mill Street facility being an …

As a campaign chair for the 2020 and 2021 United Way campaigns, I would like to thank all the supporters and contributors from the recently completed 2020 campaign. Despite the challenges of COVID-19, the campaign was able to raise a little more than $355,000. These funds and other grants ha…

A friend and I, who are both mental health therapists, were asked to speak with a local high school girls basketball team about mental health. We started our discussion with an anonymous survey surrounding mental health. After an analysis of it, a few of their responses stuck out to me.

After many years of discussing the concept of additional parking downtown and making Winchester diagonal parking to help with that need, as well as slow down traffic in the heart of downtown, nothing has been done or attempted.

Six-twenty N. Harvey Avenue in Oklahoma City is a tourist site for most visitors, but for many twentysomethings and thirtysomethings, it's a place to mourn the loss of parents that died when they were kids. For another generation, it's a place to see the names of grandparents they never knew…

In 1918 because of the Spanish Flu, India lost 16.7 million people and an estimated 40 million people — or 2.1% of the global population. If a similar pandemic reoccurred today, it would result in 150 million deaths worldwide. The decline in economic activity combined with elevated inflation…

In a recent article regarding U.S. churchgoers, it states that churchgoers are not yet attending at pre-pandemic levels and most say they value gathering with their  congregation and are anxious to do so when the threat of COVID-19 ends.

My thoughts on the Raceland Community Center are that the funds should be handled through the City of Raceland. Not one penny comes into the city for the Community Center, but the city pays all of the utilities and repairs to the building including two new air conditioning units at a cost of…

Showing up in email boxes of government employees in the Departments of Homeland Security and NASA, there were requests asking them if they would consider taking a four-month paid leave of absence from their job to help care for migrant children in government-run shelters at the southern bor…

Over a month ago, I emailed the White House advising President Biden that as a conservative there were few things we would agree on, but one thing we could agree on is our love of trains.  

Did Johnny Juzang leave UK because he foresaw the disastrous year that UK was going to have this year? He led UCLA with 28 points in its defeat of No. 1 seed University of Michigan. I wish he had stayed at UK; maybe we would have made the NCAA tournament as usual.

President Biden does not see a crisis at our southern border. His perspective is no wonder. A crisis commands an immediate and decisive response based on intelligence tempered with common sense. Regrettably, those essential attributes were summarily relieved of duty on Jan. 20, 2021.

Dear Boyd County Democrats, I am writing about an exciting opportunity for all registered Democrats in Boyd County. The Kentucky Democratic Party is going through a  bottom-up reorganization, a process where all of the precinct, county and state committees are re-elected. This normally happe…

The new and improved U.S. 23 main state highway that runs through the heart of Ashland, from the mall to the bridges, was upgraded more than a year ago with the addition/modification of a central turning lane! This design is common and popular, and alleviates congestion of cross traffic turn…

I imagine there are animals who Senators Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul care about deeply — perhaps a dog or a cat. The truth is there’s not much difference between these creatures and the more than a trillion aquatic and land animals we kill each year for human consumption. That’s why the se…

I am writing this to thank all the great people of Boyd County during the ice storm — God almighty, the people at the warming center, Justin Pruitt, our Judge-Executive Eric Chaney — who plowed snow and cut trees with the awesome roads crew 24/7 — Boyd County Sheriff’s Department, National G…

My wife and I, both age 88, live in the Cedar Knoll area of U.S. 60, 8 miles from the city of Ashland. Beginning on Monday, Feb. 15, we experienced the first power outage, followed by repair, and then an additional two power failures lasting until Sunday, Feb. 21. All three power losses were…

It has become recently noticeable within the neighborhoods surrounding South Ashland that more and more stray dogs are being reported on social media. That’s right, “Man’s best friend” is lost and I’m afraid Man might be to blame.

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