• Efforts under way for historical marker

    Efforts are underway to erect a historical marker in Adair County to mark the location of the Civil War Camp Boyle and the formation of the 13th Kentucky Cavalry. This effort is being spearheaded by Chris Bennett of Columbia and donations are currently being received.

  • Likes Higdon’s prediction on gambling bill

    I liked Sen. Higdon’s report (Feb. 1 issue) and was glad to hear he doesn’t believe there is enough votes to extend the gambling bill.
    This is a report we should be glad about instead of fearing. I believe casinos would raise the crime rate in Kentucky.
    The governor has made some good moves since becoming governor, but on this one he is wrong.
    Bob Ellis

  • Correction to Sen. McGaha’s letter

    Two weeks ago there was a letter to the editor with my name attached. I did not send the letter and it was done without my approval. So now let me convey my message to the citizens of Casey County.
    It has been an honor to represent the best senatorial district in Kentucky for the past 15 years. I have endeavored to communicate with you, assist with your problems, and represent you with my vote in an honest and open manner.

  • Wealthy in America should pay more taxes

    In answer to Bob Ellis’ simplistic views (Oct. 26 issue) on cutting government programs, medical care and basic retirement programs for the working people are about as necessary and merciful as anything government provides.
    And since no personal income above $106,000 is taxed for social security, the lower classes largely pay for these programs. Social security takes in the tax money to pay its bills, unlike the wealthy welfare programs, which not only don’t pay for themselves, but drain our trust funds to finance their corporate welfare waste.

  • Redistricting leads to senatorial changes

    I would like to thank you for the opportunity to serve the good people of Casey County. Every 10 years, it is our Constitutional duty to realign voting districts according to the populations confirmed by the census. This requires the General Assembly to establish the one man, one vote rule.

  • Would like to see park stay as it is

    Concerning the park at the north end of town, I would like to see it remain as is. A welcome center for tourists would be nice.
    In the late 1950s, Melvin Emerson contracted the stone work. He and I, my brother, Bennie Patton, and his brother, Bobby Emerson, did the stone work. Part of the rock came from Carpenter’s Creek and some was bought from Delbert Ellison.
    Bobby Patton

  • ‘The devil is in the details’ on gambling issue

    In answer to Al Cross’ writing of Jan. 4, 2012 — Mr. Cross writes Gov. Beshear is trying to expand gambling. But we know this is nothing new.
    He states the devil may be in the details. I can assure you, sir, the devil is in the details. Because he likes to see the innocent suffer. And who are the most innocent? It is our most precious children.
    Parents will be taking money that needs to be used for food and clothing but will be spent on gambling.

  • State drug legislation could hurt the poor

    In response to “Steps must be taken now to win war on drugs” (Jan. 4 issue), legislation on a state level will not accomplish the desired goal. The big drug companies are right with their propaganda. It will hurt the poor people by forcing them to go to a doctor in order to receive a prescription. Those who want to get ephedrine for the purpose of manufacturing methamphetamine will simply go across state lines or purchase the drug through the Internet.

  • School board members deserve recognition

    As Superintendent of Casey County Schools, I’m extremely proud of the students and teachers, the administrators and the service workers who are the heart and soul of the Casey County School System. And I’m also proud of the district leadership this community has put in place through the members of the Casey County Board of Education.

  • Shame on churches who close on Christmas

    I have a problem with the churches today who proclaim to be of Christ and serve Christ. Why, you ask, let’s look just a minute at a couple of things:
    First, the churches of today uphold the Sabbath, the Lord’s Day, as Sunday, but when Christmas falls on a Sunday, the churches seems to forget all of a sudden and want to shut down services. They preach over and over “Jesus is the reason for the season” and then they close the doors. Without Christ in Christmas you wouldn’t have anything but “mas.”