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Letters

  • Kentucky students need, deserve KEES funding

    It is beyond me why our new governor is proposing to cut funding for the Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship by 15 percent as a part of his new budget.

    I understand that our state is in debt when it comes to the current budget situation, but can't he find money elsewhere? Why does he have the right to take our KEES money away?

    Students all across the state are striving for academic excellence, and I as one of them expect the reward I have been promised.

  • ARC needs people to get involved

    I want to invite everyone interested to the ARC of Lake Cumberland Area meeting. ARC is a national organization that advocates for people with developmental disabilities/mental retardation. The monthly meetings are held at the Golden Corral in Somerset on Highway 27 at noon on the fourth Thursday of every month. The meeting is open to consumers, family members and concerned citizens.

  • Kentucky Baptist Convention opposes expanded gambling

    On behalf of the Kentucky Baptist Convention's Committee on Public Affairs, I want to express our strong opposition to the effort to expand gambling by bringing casinos to our Commonwealth. We realize that the current state budget situation makes gambling expansion an attractive short-term fix to problems. However, we believe the benefits touted by the gambling industry are more imagined than real.

  • Councilman says smoking ban unnecessary

    When discussing smoking bans, arguments about health dangers are usually the first to be raised. I would like to settle this dispute once and for all with airtight evidence that smoking is dangerous to both smokers and those in their company.

    Even if tomorrow the Surgeon General took back every negative claim that has been released about how harmful tobacco smoke is, and we had solid scientific proof that inhaling smoke was no more harmful than breathing fresh air, smokers still pose a danger to themselves and others.

  • Pets need a voice in Frankfort too

    My name is Jenia Webb-Sizemore. I live in Leslie County, Ky. I am unofficially lobbying for a House Bill called "Romeo's Law."

    Unofficially means I've taken this task upon myself. I have not been recruited by any elected politician. I am a pet owner and I have worked in the criminal law field for 18 years.

    After seeing State Rep. Stan Lee on my local news being interviewed regarding his proposal of the bill and hearing very little about Romeo, I researched Romeo's story and could not believe what this poor puppy went through at the hands of his owner.

  • We need to abolish the federal Reserve

    I would like to give my thoughts regarding the article, "Schools could face major cuts."

    Most people don't ask themselves a few simple questions regarding where money ultimately comes from to fund our public schools. Everyone should be outraged by who and what backs up this money.

    All this money, which is really credit, comes from the Federal Reserve. The FED is privately owned by international bankers and is independent of the U.S. government. The Federal Reserve Act was passed Dec. 23, 1913.

  • Support for veterans is sorely needed

    Time to standup for America and we'll be doing just that on March 15, 2008 in Washington, D.C.

    Our patriotic group, referred to as "Eagles," will be mustering in support of our troops and in opposition to anti-America crowd that has surrender as their goal.

    March is the anniversary month of the start of the Gulf War that represents a special protest month for anti-war rabble. It further gives them the opportunity to dishonor our troops, vandalize, as well as deface and dishonor our memorials, and generally disgrace America.

  • Franklin is a great choice

    In regards to Scott Franklin's recent appointment to the assistant principal's job at Taylor County High School, congratulations Coach!

    You were my favorite teacher in eighth grade and this job could not have come to a better guy. If you are reading this, I wish you the best of luck and I know that you will do well with it. You always think about the welfare of us as students.

    Again, good luck in the years ahead.

    Ryan D. Cable

    Berea, Ky.

  • We will not abandon you

    The lack of support shown by national lawmakers to give troops the support needed to achieve their mission has become egregious. Americans wag at political assertions of troop support as the mission is obstructed. Every day, it seems as if another public official has claimed that victory in Iraq is impossible. This would come as quite a shock to the fighting soldiers. They know better. They also know that such proclamations are made solely for political gain, and are perhaps most welcomed by the enemies they fight.

  • Sexual abuse laws need to be toughened

    Did you know that in Kentucky there is a tougher penalty for cock fighting, if you own one of the roosters or the fight occurs on your property, than for sexually abusing a 12-year-old child?

    The following changes to Kentucky's sexual abuse laws are being proposed. House Bill 211 includes the following:

    - Changing the ages covered in first-degree child sexual abuse (defined as abuse other than rape or sodomy) from "up to 12" to "up to 16 years of age."