Letters to the Editor
Honored to serve
It has been both an honor and a privilege to serve as your state senator. You elected me to represent Johnson County. I appreciate all the support I have received from the community throughout the years and am grateful to the citizens for allowing me to serve.
My goal as a State Senator is and has always been to work on projects that will help to improve the lives of the citizens of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. I hope that I have made some contribution toward that in Johnson County over the years. Although under the new redistricting plan, I will no longer be representing you in the Kentucky General Assembly, I will always be available for the people of Johnson County. As a State Senator, I still represent the Commonwealth of Kentucky and will do what I can to make Kentucky a better place to live.
Again, thank you for all your past support.
Ray S. Jones II
State District 31
Elliott, Lawrence, Martin, Morgan and Pike Counties
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Lack of Respect for a Veteran
If you are a veteran or have family members who are, you might be interested in the following.
In the last issue of The Paintsville Herald (Nov 8, 2013) there was an entire page dedicated to saluting the veterans who have served our country. Unfortunately not everyone in Paintsville seems to have this respect for those whose service made it possible for them to live the life they have today.
An example of this disrespect is Joseph K. Dixon who was the grandson of the founder of Paintsville, Henry Dixon. Joseph Dixon dedicated his entire life to serving his community and country. When he was 18 years old he enlisted in the army and served during the Civil War. Joseph served as Jailer of Johnson County and later as County Court Clerk. In the 1890s he was the Judge of Johnson County and during his term the second courthouse was built and also the first brick school was built on the sight of the present one in Paintsville. Joseph then served during the Spanish American War and attained the rank of Colonel. He then moved to Frankfort and was Assistant Adjutant General of the State of Kentucky. He lived the later years of his life in Louisville with his daughter and when he passed away he was brought back to Paintsville and buried in the Old Town Cemetery with his wife and other family members. There is a deed recorded for his plat in the cemetery.
Unfortunately, in 1992 Preston Funeral Home buried another body on top of this veteran. A few years later they buried three more close by on top of unknown pioneer citizens’ graves and in 2009 Mayor Porter gave a family permission to bury a relative in the Old Town Cemetery. They were permitted to go unsupervised and dig their own grave in the middle of this pioneer cemetery and again Preston Funeral Home buried on top of an existing grave.
Mayor Porter and Mike Preston were approached about this disrespectful and illegal activity and were asked to correct it if it was done inadvertently. Nothing was done and Paintsville City Council was made aware of this issue. At this point the city claimed they did not own the cemetery so they could do nothing about it. Although there is no deed for this cemetery the city has claimed ownership for quite a few years. The PVA office lists the City of Paintsville as the owner and city council even passed an ordinance to form a cemetery board to apply for grant money to fund improvements to this city owned cemetery. They claimed ownership to the State of Kentucky and received two $10,000 matching grants. This would have made $40,000 worth of improvements. The city was not able to produce copies of the project completion reports or show where the money had been spent.
The Johnson County Sher-iff’s office looked into this matter and their findings were given to the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office and as of this date these improper burials have never been corrected.
I have documentation to support the items mentioned in this letter and speaking as a veteran, if these aforementioned actions are indicative of the respect this business owner and these elected officials have for a veteran of Joseph Dixon’s stature, I personally have a very hard time finding any respect at all for them.
Veteran US Army
Dear Community Members,
As many of you may know, our motto at Meade Memorial is “Whatever It Takes For
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Making it right
When we get older and we look back over our lives we see the toys that we have worked for all our lives become burdens. Only then do we realize that life was to be enjoyed instead of work, sweat and tears. What is in it for me has changed to (how long).
We see that life is to be enjoyed instead of the daily grind. Only then do we realize that if we had taught our mind to forgive in place of revenge and to love instead of hate, with respect to all that, life could have been much sweeter. Now we can feel lucky that we have realized this before it’s too late, and be totally thankful that it wasn’t worse.
We realize in our later years that all we need to do in the last half of our lives is to try and solve the problems that we created in the first half.
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It’s time for a new Revolution!
Our founding fathers anticipated many potential threats to their envisioned democratic Republic and included safeguards in our Constitution.
Since 1787, three threats to America have evolved to dire status and require safeguards. Namely, career politicians, special-interest money, and immoral conduct. Of the three, immorality is the greatest threat.
Morals are manmade. They boil down to simple right and wrong.
Current politicians, especially the politicians who have grown shiny bald or gray in Congress, constantly demonstrate their inability to recognize that right and wrong have opposite meanings. If that simple recognition could stand duty in the watch tower, corruption, outright dishonesty, and self-serving-caused stupidity could not get near Congress or the White House.
A salient example created by the absence of simple right and wrong is the “Affordable Care Act.” Was it right or wrong to illegally misuse and violate (not revenue neutral) the debt reconciliation law to pass that bill? Was it right or wrong to permit special-interest groups to write monopolistic privileges into that bill? Was it right or wrong to issue waivers that excuse union and corporate paymasters, other special-interest groups, and selected citizens from adherence to that bill? Was it right or wrong for President Obama to misuse his executive power to grant those waivers and violate that bill (law)? Was it right or wrong to force young citizens to purchase health insurance for older citizens? Was it right or wrong to force them to overpay for that insurance? Does that sound like America, “land of the free, home of the brave?”
The foregoing questions represent only a small percentage of the righteous questions that can be asked about the “Affordable Care Act,” and there is not a “right” answer among them.
Sadly, if all politicians adopted simple right and wrong as their guiding principle tomorrow, the personal bias and ideologically caused stupidity of Bush, Obama, and the long-sitting politicians in Congress would still impact working poor and middle class Americans for generations to come. The damage has been done. It cannot be recalled and made right. Debt must be paid in full.
“A government of the people, by the people, and for the people” could minimize the hardships that await the next generations. Such a government would only require politicians to recognize the difference between simple right and wrong, and that recognition would have to be recognizable in their deeds, not words.
America is under attack from within and from abroad voters. She is in a bad way and needs a hand. Keep in mind that she has been good to us and our ancestors. We owe her more than any of us can say. She needs our help now, as never before.
We can all take some timely advice from the truth in that old adage about not waiting until the well runs dry to miss the water.
It is time to declare a second revolution, voters. Like the Minutemen at Lexington and Concord, you can fire the first shots when you address the voting machines in 2014, and hold your fire until you can see shine or gray on their heads.
Congratulations to the 2013 Johnson Central Boys Soccer Team and Coach Jason Wheeler for having an exceptionally good season.
The team posted 17-6 overall record, a 10-game winning streak, won the 15th Region championship and a first round game in the state tournament to advance to the Final Eight in the state for the first time ever! They also had their state tournament games broadcast on WSIP radio for the first time ever. Thanks to Brian Johnson and WSIP sports!
Again, congratulations to the 2013 JCHS Boys Soccer Team and Coach Jason Wheeler. We are so proud of you!!
Don and Tina Williams
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Whiskers or Wags (The Johnson County Animal Shelter Project) presented their first Mystery Dinner Theatre at the Paintsville Country Club on Saturday, October 19th.
“A Murderous Reunion” presented by “Murder & Merriment” & the Appalachian Community Theatre was a lively and entertaining “whodunit” with catering by 4-Star Catering.
All who attended had a wonderful time and we look forward to making this a yearly event. Debbie Branham and Bob Abrams successfully deduced whodunit and were awarded door prizes donated by Joel Garcia and Mi Finca.
All proceeds went to benefit the Johnson County Animal Shelter Project whose mission is to provide for the humane treatment of neglected, abused, stray, surrendered, and un-owned animals by establishing an animal shelter in Johnson County.
Whiskers or Wags would like to express their continued appreciation and gratitude to the following sponsors: Joel Garcia/Mi Finca, Debra Jones/Kris’ Korner, Michelle Sword/Signature Events, Dana Lehman, Lane Dutton, Adam Preece, Kevin Whampler/Appalachian Community Theater, Paintsville Country Club, Hometown TV, Paula Halm/The Paintsville Herald, WKLW, Gail and Alan Burton, Sara and Jim Daniels.
Also a deep felt thank you to all of the Whiskers or Wags volunteers who made this event possible and their continued dedication and support of our mission.
“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” Gandhi
Whiskers or Wags (The Johnson County Animal Shelter Project)
Whose fault is it anyway?
On October 04, June Rice published the copy of a letter from her son, Stevie who is a band director in Alexandria, Va. for her column that day. It was titled “Congress needs to go back to preschool”. Now evidently Ms. Rice and her son Stevie agree that the recent opposition of the House Republicans was similar to a childish tantrum, for Stevie wrote to his mother that he had learned how to cooperate before even going to school and he suggested that members of congress were “acting like spoiled brats” and needed to go back to preschool. Ms. June and Stevie spoke a language that was similar to President Barack Hussein Obama when he told congress in his most condescending manner to “knock it off” when he spoke at one point about the partial government shutdown which he and his party in the Senate carried out because they refused to compromise with the House majority of Republicans to even apply the Obamacare system to themselves. So who should have “knocked it off” and who really caused the government shutdown?
Instead of pursuing that line of thought, let me briefly address Ms. June and Stevie’s ignorance of their own history and the form of government under which they live. Both must have attended college, since both have been or are teachers now. I have taught college level history of the U.S. and Western Civilization for almost 40 years now, and I am appalled that they do not know we have three co-equal branches in the federal government, and that the House must originate spending and tax bills, not the president. Neither the House nor the Senate, a part of the division of power in the legislative branch that the Founding Fathers saw fit to write into the Constitution in order to allow this very type of opposition to express the will of the people and prevent tyranny in this country so that we may have liberty. How did Ms. June and Stevie miss that basic lesson?
Furthermore, the “Bad Boys and Girls” of the House, besides having every right to pass the type of spending bill they choose rather than the dictated bill the president and his party in the Senate chose for them, were actually standing up for the principles of limited government power and fiscal responsibility, i.e. paying our bills as we go instead of running up a ruinous debt that any person with common sense knows will bankrupt this nation shortly if the trend is not reversed now. I wonder how Ms June missed that too. Poor Stevie was so distraught by the cancellation of his government funded show that one could not expect him to have noticed that trivial point.
It is time that Americans wake up and realize that we are in a fight for the very heart and soul of our Republic, which by definition includes responsible citizens making responsible decisions such as balancing the budget, and preserving our liberties. Mr Obama’s medical system, which essentially leads to a socialist medical system that is controlled by the federal government, contradicts both of those principles of republican government, for it further undermines our liberties by taking away our freedom to choose whether to buy medical insurance or not, and it will also end our free choice of which doctor I want to see while costing such a huge price that it further drives up the debt which now at 17 trillion dollars is almost beyond the point of no return. How did Ms June miss that in her column titled Education and Common Sense? Finally, I will point out that our history has been full of these kinds of verbal and political altercations and as long as they are going on, that means we still have some freedom. It is when they cease that you know we have totally lost that freedom which so many have paid so dearly to purchase. I think it is Ms June and Stevie who need to go back to school and learn their History and Government courses in earnest this time!
Dr. Donald Barlow