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Letters

  • It's time for officials to assume responsibility for the majority

    I want to commend you for the editorial in the Thursday, Jan. 21 paper. It is about time our elected officials assume responsibility for the majority of the people instead of bowing to the wishes of the minority.

    I really believe, if it were put on the ballot, the overwhelming majority would ban smoking in all public buildings. The state of Florida did that. The result was well over a two-thirds majority for banning smoking in all public places. Kentucky needs to do the same thing.

  • Praying for the president

    Seeing so many Americans emotionally moved by this historical election has been a positive for me in seeing potential racial healing through this election.

    Then one of [President Barack Obama's] first executive orders signed, the day after the 36th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, is to lift the ban on federal funding for international groups that promote and/or fund abortions. Then I'm reminded of one of many reasons I could not vote for President Obama.

  • How necessary is necessary?

    I was reading in a paper the other day where Gov. Steve Beshear said we are in a time of crisis and this is a time when extraordinary measures are needed.

    Under his proposal, all non-essential merit workers would be required to take three days of unpaid leave this fiscal year. Politicians and their aides are forever coming up with catchwords or phrases, which I find terribly confusing. For example, an aide said there is no question that significant amounts of money are being spent on non-essential government employees and services.

  • 'Fire-safe' cigarettes aren't so safe

    I realize the topic of smoking will be met with opposition, but I write to you in regard to the "fire-safe cigarette" legislation that has been implemented in Kentucky.

    The Coalition for Fire-Safe Cigarettes crusaded to get these legislations passed across the states because they did not want to get it tied up in Congress awaiting a national standard.

    The whole world knows that cigarettes cause horrible consequences to smokers' health, I am not disputing that in the least. However, something in these FSCs is making smokers sick in multitudes.

  • January is National Blood Donor Month

    About every two seconds someone in America needs blood. Blood is needed every day for patients with blood disorders, those being treated for burns or undergoing chemotherapy, and premature babies, just to name a few. The need is constant.

    However, just 38 percent of the United States population is eligible to give blood and just a fraction of those eligible - 8 percent - actually donate. What's more, the average donor gives blood less than two times a year despite being eligible to donate whole blood six times per year.

  • Be open to new ideas when it comes to schools

    January is School Board Appreciation Month. I concur with Gary Seaborne's letter that we need to support our board members. We have entrusted them with the most precious parts of our lives as parents, as grandparents and as a community.

    Not everyone is going to agree with national, state or local board policies, procedures and decisions. Taylor County is fortunate to have two school districts with dedicated and responsible individuals who give their time and talents to ensure that all of our children have opportunities to learn.

  • About the dollar value, domestically and internationally

    There have been many high-brow articles written of late that have caught my attention. I wanted to let others share in my thoughts.

    It has become a bit of a dry article, but it should interest us if we have a willingness to fix what's broken. And I believe the consensus is that things are quite broken.

    Some of these articles I read have been written about the state of the economy in the U.S. and how it affects the rest of the world. Savings levels have been mentioned as one of the culprits and domestic product and also real estate values as contributing factors.

  • Need a state fire department museum

    As a charter member of the Hayes Crossing/Haldeman Volunteer Fire Department, I would like to make a suggestion that would involve all 120 county and city fire departments in the state of Kentucky.

    I feel like it's time to establish a Kentucky Fire Department Museum. Contributions of fire department history could come from every fire department in Kentucky, since we have several hundred fire departments in Kentucky.

    An old tobacco warehouse not being used would make a very suitable place to display trucks and equipment.

  • School Board members deserve support

    In difficult economic times like these, a community's elected officials face incredible challenges. Often, they are required to make choices and decisions that they never dreamed they might face when agreeing to offer themselves up for public service.

    It's called being a leader, and our community is fortunate to have five such individuals on the Taylor County Board of Education.

  • Election of Stumbo disappointment

    Last week brought a disappointing turn of events for the people of the commonwealth and we owe our own State Representatives for the mistake that is yet to materialize.