Letters to the Editor
Appreciates library staff
I would like to take this time to offer the Johnson County Public Library a well deserved “thank you!’ I have spent a lot of time at the library for the past year using their services.
The library staff are, indeed, professionals from the “get go”! It can be a morning greeting or afternoon greeting but it is always on a first name basis. The staff will go beyond “the call of duty” to help you, instruct you and make you feel a part of the library family. I just wanted to personally thank them for their professional and down home approach to service.
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Thank you June Rice
I want to thank June Rice, a retired teacher who writes a wonderful column for this paper and now lives in Louisville, for raising the question of whether President Obama should be impeached and for supplying some of the reasons for this question to be raised, in her column in the May 23 issue of The Paintsville Herald. She took a courageous stand in doing so and I applaud her. She cited a Mr. Hentoff, who is not easy to place as either a conservative or a liberal (look him up on Google), for you can find him taking positions that may be characterized as left, middle and right on the political spectrum. Ms. Rice also cited a professor Buechner and retired USN Commander J.D. Gordon who told of the unprecedented purging of our military leaders (I am sure it is those who disagreed with Obama’s leftwing policies) “a staggering 200 military brass has been shown the door in less than five years,” according to Ms. Rice’s quote.
As one who has studied constitutional law at all levels of education and taught it at the college/university level along with almost 40 years of teaching American history at the college level, I have to say that this president has evaded and disregarded the laws passed by Congress more than any president in my lifetime. There is always a struggle between the executive and legislative branches of government as well as with the judicial branch, and that is a normal part of the process designed by the Founding Fathers for the purpose of limiting the power of any one individual or branch of the federal government. However, this man, who is supposed to be a constitutional lawyer himself due to his training in that subject at Harvard University Law School, places himself above the law, arbitrarily dictating new laws through the control of the agencies which the executive oversees. And he has refused to enforce other laws which he decides he does not wish to implement. This wording sounds very much like the wording in the Declaration of Independence when it lists the transgressions of King George III of England!
The latest example of his law breaking is the trading of five Taliban terrorist leaders for Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl without obeying something signed into law by President Obama himself only a year ago which required that any terrorist released from the prison in Cuba at Guantanamo must first be announced to the Congress. Instead he chose to act on his own without that required 30 day announcement as required by law. The list goes on and on. The problem with impeaching and convicting this president is that the major media have made little out of his continual breaking of the constitutional limits of his power, and his party (the Democratic Party) is so completely controlled by the leftwing political element who agree with his political agenda that there would be no chance of conviction in the Senate where it takes a super-majority to convict and remove him. He knows this, so he acts with the arrogance and impunity which have been hallmarks of his presidency.
I think there is no chance of his impeachment, conviction and removal unless he commits even larger transgressions than he has so far or unless a “smoking gun” is found in the IRS scandal, though I think at this point it is entirely justifiable. There are several moderate to left-wing commentators like Hentoff who have begun to oppose him now, but unless that becomes a massive movement, Mr. Obama will continue to break the constitutional limits of power with little or no penalty except that which the Republicans are able to apply in the House and perhaps the Senate if they win back control of that body and if Senator McConnell, if he is re-elected, will gain some backbone and stand up to the president. This is exactly why I wrote to counter Ms. Rice when she earlier equated the House Republicans with children in school who refuse to go along to get along. I assume she has now seen the light! The only constitutional means of imposing some limits on this man’s dictatorial grab for power is to stop some of his attempts to pass laws that grant him extraordinary power to change our civil-social system (one that has made this the best nation to live in, in the world) or impeach and remove him from office. The other option, the overthrow of the government by force, is one that we all should shrink from for it would bring terrible chaos, death and destruction. As June Rice said in ending her column, let us all pray each day “God Save the United States of America” which as President Lincoln said is the last best hope of freedom on this earth. And let us each one become engaged in legally fighting to maintain that freedom from would-be dictators in every way possible before we lose it forever in this country.
Donald Barlow, Ph.D.
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Club Fit has improved the county
I would like to take this opportunity to address the city of Paintsville and ask that they take the time to voice their acknowledgement of how Johnson County has been vastly improved by the implementation of Club Fit’s exercise facility.
It has come to my attention that there are those that view businesses such as these in a very negative fashion. It is so disheartening to hear close-minded opinions voiced about the health and wellness of others, when our County as a whole has been battling obesity on a large scale for a number of years.
Fitness and physical health have always been a passion of mine and the accessibility of having Club Fit and the classes offered there so readily available has been a life changing convenience for myself and many others. Having classes that are offered to women without the looming discomfort of being watched by men has eliminated the deterrence faced by many modest women in pursuit of their quest to live a healthier lifestyle.
It saddens me that merely opening the door to allow ventilation of the facility often leads to false reporting to our otherwise productively busy law enforcement office, who then have to come out time after time only to confirm that ridiculously exaggerated false allegations have once again been made by someone making assumptions about a facility they obviously know nothing about.
Considering all of the changes our county has undergone in recent years, such as becoming wet and being overtaken by the meth epidemic, I cannot understand how a group of women improving their physical health is chosen to be viewed as immoral or questionably ethical.
We pay for the services provided by the instructors just as we would provide compensation to anyone else whose expertise we could benefit from, and it is very agitating to have these service disrupted.
It is our right as residents of Johnson County to utilize this gym and charges should be brought upon anyone who intentionally repeatedly infringes upon this right without just cause.
This being said, I would like to personally thank Club Fit for encouraging me and so many others to lead a healthier, more active lifestyle and hope that we may be able to continue doing that without facing further harassment and stereotypical opinions.
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Support six day mail delivery
Kentucky’s Rural Letter Carriers and Congressman Ed Whitfield inched forward in preserving six-day mail delivery; on May 20, Congressman Whitfield agreed to co-sponsor H Res. 30: Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the United States Postal Service should take all appropriate measures to ensure the continuation of its six-day mail delivery service. Congressman Whitfield’s co-sponsorship coupled with that of Congressman Tim Griffith (R-AR) on May 22 now has majority support of the House of Representatives (218).
Two of Kentucky’s six Representatives have co-sponsored H Res. 30. Representative John Yarmuth (KY-3) joined the bill last June after a visit by KYRLCA officers. The 3rd District is geographically the smallest and has the fewest USPS rural carrier families residing in the District (106) while the 1st District encompasses 31 counties and has the greatest number (701). Representatives Whitfield (R) and Yarmuth (D) recognize the need to maintain six-day mail delivery for the benefit of the rural public as well as small and large businesses. Their actions are far reaching in helping protect the 114,442 private sector jobs in Kentucky, reported by the Lexington Herald last year, that are tied either directly or indirectly to the mailing industry and USPS logistical support. Nationwide 7.5 to 8 million jobs are mailing industry related, contributing 1.3 Trillion Dollars in Gross Domestic Product while delivering 40 percent of the entire world’s mail and packages.
Additionally, Senator Mitch McConnell on Saturday, May 17, while attending a political rally in Fountain Run, when asked about USPS mail delivery from the audience declared he was in 100 percent support of six-day delivery.
As Rural Carriers, we thank these men for their support and ask the remainder of Kentucky’s Congressional membership to reconsider their positions and support 6-day mail delivery.
President, Kentucky Rural Letter Carrier’s Association
Commonsense and our Constitution
There is little distinguishable difference between the shameless desertion of a military post and the shameless, self-promotional play that President Obama staged in the Rose Garden, using distraught parents.
Guilty or innocent, Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl and his parents can thank their lucky stars that Obama’s hunger for such photographic opportunities is stronger than his sworn oath that obligated him to serve America well and good. How much stronger? Swapping five for one is a rough approximation.
Amazingly, politicians in Congress, Republicans and Democrats alike, were surprised by the five-for-one swap. Their surprise inadvertently revealed the major reason America is on a downward spiral.
How could they have possibly been surprised by Obama? He has repeatedly demonstrated his king-like tendencies. Accordingly, he was not going to share the glory that he had anticipated his victory lap in the Rose Garden would garner him.
Moreover, the arrogance of Obama and his circle of advisors obviously insulate them from commonsense and our Constitution. They apparently do not even have enough store-bought intelligence to foresee that the eight-to-five crowd, whose income tax dollars finance their would-be kingdom, will eventually catch on to their machinations and have the final say, thanks to our founding fathers!
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The phrase “Love your neighbor” is found 10 times throughout the Bible. Jesus Himself said the only greater command was to love the Lord.
Early in 2013, we began a major renovation project at Paintsville Elementary School. At that time, our Headstart program was relocated to the Mayo campus of the Big Sandy Community and Technical College, and beginning in August of 2013, our Kindergarten and First Grade classrooms were also moved to the Mayo campus.
Because of construction, we were forced to close our playground and both of our staff parking lots. Our Lady of the Mountains School was gracious enough to allow our students the use of their front lawn for recess, and the First Baptist Church of Paintsville allowed our staff and parents to use their parking lots during the school day.
We in the Paintsville Tiger family are extremely grateful to Big Sandy Community and Technical College, Our Lady of the Mountains School, and the First Baptist Church of Paintsville for being such loving and generous neighbors. You have honored us, and for that we say, “Thank you!”
Principal, Paintsville Elementary School