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Letters

  • How can this be?

    I recently read in the News-Journal "that both of us (city and county governments) are struggling financially." How can that be when less than two years ago there was a major tax increase for all people either living or working in the city?

    The majority of revenue for our local governments comes from taxes, taxes, taxes and 13 more taxes. Here is a list:

    Those living in the city pay these taxes:

    1. Occupational tax.

    2. Real property tax.

    3. Tangible tax (fixtures, equipment, inventory).

    4. Motor vehicle tax.

  • Show Choir better than a Big Mac

     

    I could have bought a Big Mac Extra Value Meal for $5.08, or I could have gone to the Taylor County Show Choir performance last Friday night. I chose the show choir, and I am so glad I did.

  • Eye care bill will not better serve Kentucky

    The March 12 article on Senate Bill 110, the "Better Access to Quality Eye Care Bill," painted a glowing picture of the bill turned law. The law will neither improve quality of care nor save money. It was pushed by optometry through the state legislature in a rush job in the wake of large campaign donations, and attempts to blur the difference between ophthalmologists (MDs) and non-physicians, optometrists (ODs).

  • U.S. Senator speaks out

    One year ago, over the objections of the American people, Washington Democrats rammed through a disastrous health spending law in a partisan vote. At the time, then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said, "We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it."

    Well, now we know - and the results are not pretty. One year later, the disastrous law is hiking health care costs, eliminating choices and hurting job growth.

  • The battle of the lawn

    It is the first of March and my grass is just sitting there looking benign. It looks so innocent, but already I can tell it's got something on its mind. It's going to start growing, that's what it's going to do.

  • The Caring Place needs your help

    At the start of this year, I decided that I needed to use my skills and experience to give back to the community and to Kentucky, because when I needed help for my problems (in the 1980s), I got it right here in Marion County.

  • It's lonely being the only

    Taylor County citizens should feel good about having a School Board member who votes his convictions.

    This will not always mean he is right all of the time ... or the others wrong. What is does prove is that someone is taking the time to listen, learn and investigate options.

    I have been there, done that, and it is pretty lonely being consistently the lone vote opposite the normal procedures.

    I commend David Hall for doing what he feels is right ... after all there are four more members who are allowed to do the same.

  • Support HR 1

    I am writing to urge you to oppose the Senate version of HR 1. This legislation includes $100 billion in spending cuts, including cuts to vital health and epilepsy programs.

    As someone who cares deeply about epilepsy, I am very concerned about the $1 billion cut to medical research at the National Institutes of Health. This will likely result in a $5 million cut in funding for epilepsy research.

  • Applauding David Hall

    I would like to applaud David Hall for his stand concerning the Feb. 8 Taylor County School Board meeting. He is a newly elected official, but it did not take him long to see what is going on there. I am sure he feels like the lone musketeer, but I would like for him to know that he is not alone. There are a lot of people in this county who are standing behind him.

  • Fed up with corruption

    What's happening currently in Taylor County is a microcosm, or a small-scale version, of what is happening in Kentucky, and even more so in our federal government. Like a spoiled child, our government officials spend and spend to get whatever they want, and they are not concerned with the debt that they will leave behind to our children and grandchildren or the effort it took to achieve the success that they are squandering.