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Letters to the Editor
Progress for Paintsville

Dear Editor,
They’ve closed our city landmark bridge. I’m 84 years old and that bridge has been there all my life. What happened? Neglect!
No doubt it needs flooring and there might be some structural damage. Neglect!
We’ve lost the first fire station building; it’s now an apartment facing the street behind Dr. Faria’s office on Euclid Avenue. We’ve lost the red caboose through the neglect of our city leaders and now we’ve lost our landmark swinging bridge through the neglect of our city leaders.
Now all our city leaders need to do is to neglect the little red brick building about 10ft square with two doors that my father was born in during 1907 and grew up with the town, told us boys that was the first power company building in Paintsville. Our city leaders might also neglect the large rock in front of the hedges next to the vacant lot Euclid Avenue. People used to get on and off their horses there.
The middle ward went wet with several churches in that ward. I know the good brothers/sisters at the United Baptist Church on 2nd Street that live in the city voted no. What happened to the pastors and their members in the other churches?
Maybe our city leaders can get a contribution from every place that sells any kind of liquor and raise enough money to fix our landmark bridge.
Neglect: (Britannica World Dictionary) to fail to do or perform through carelessness.

Marvin McFaddin
Paintsville, KY


Letters to the Editor
Wake up America!

Dear Editor,
On September 11, 2016, I watched Fox News and the retelling of the events in New York City on 9/11/2011, and then the reading of the names of those who needlessly perished.
Almost 3,000 Americans in the Twin Towers lost their lives through the heinous surprise attack by 19 Islamic terrorists. President Bush became a war time president on that day.
Those of us who were around on that day saw Americans come together. For weeks afterward, churches were filled as everyone came out to pray for those who died in the carnage, and to pray for our nation and its leaders. It seemed that even the proclaimed agnostics and atheists were brought to prayer after 9/11. All of us had a common goal, PAYBACK to those who had planned and supported the attack.
Look at our nation today, 15 years later. The wartime decisive leadership of President Bush has been blamed for all of the nations’ current ills by the apologist and weak President Obama and his party. Under national democrat leadership for the past 8 years, we have surrendered the progress made against terrorism in both Afghanistan and Iraq, and this has given rise to an even worse terrorist group, ISIS. We once again have a nation severely divided as race relations have deteriorated to the level of the riotous 1960’s, and cop killers are celebrated by BLM. Religious freedom continues under attack, and now same-sex marriage has been forced upon the states by the all-powerful activist Federal Supreme Court, making law instead of interpreting the law. We will be $24 trillion in debt by the end of 2017, with an annual revenue projected from taxes of $3.6 trillion, thanks to all of the misguided environmental and social programs making us more dependent on government. Good paying jobs have continued to leave the country. The coal industry has been decimated due to a fictional belief that burning fossil fuels is a significant cause of global warming. The medical insurance industry has suffered significant losses while patient care has deteriorated due to an ill planned and executed Obamacare, which was promoted by lies and deception from the president and his minions. Millions of illegals have been enticed to cross our borders by being given welfare, housing, food stamps and medical coverage at taxpayer expense, and now a chance to vote, instead of being escorted out of the country.
Unfortunately, the 2016 democrat platform is full of planks that will further erode our nation and move us further from God’s grace; go on-line and read the 2016 democrat platform, and decide for yourself. Get into the detail instead of the bullet points. Looks like significantly more ‘change’ in the wrong direction if implemented.
Wake up America! Vote for the restoration of American principles on November 8. Make America great again! There is a binary choice. Either vote for the party which is led by a character of proven lies, deceit and deception, and more of the same for the next 4 years, or vote for the potential restoration of American principles. The direction that America sails into the future is up to us, the voters. I place my vote for God and country, and for restoring the principles that once made us the greatest nation on earth, and I implore you to do the same. After all, what do we have to lose, compared to all that can be gained by changing the course direction from our current heading toward national sunset, to a future direction toward the dawning of a new day sun.
God bless, and long live an America based on the principles of the founders!

Michael Whitten
River, KY


Letters to the Editor
Transgender bathrooms

Dear Editor,
Those who follow the news are aware of President Obama’s Transgender Bathroom and Shower Executive Order.  This would force school administrators to permit boys to use the girl’s restroom and permit boys to shower with girls and share changing rooms.  The only requirement from the boy is for him to say that he “feels” like a girl at that moment in time.  School administrators are not permitted to ask for any psychological or medical justification of the boy’s request under the order.
When I wrote Governor Bevin about this order when it first came out, he replied that he would do everything in his power to fight it.  True to his word, Kentucky Governor Bevin joined a lawsuit led by Texas, and joined by 12 other states (11 southern and 2 northern), to fight this immoral order. A note: The democrat attorney general, Beshear, refused to join the lawsuit, so Governor Bevin took it upon himself to join for Kentucky. Another dozen states are fighting this executive order in a separate lawsuit.  
On August 22, a federal judge ruled in favor of the states’ argument that President Obama did not have the authority to force this (his perversion) on the states.  Forced implementation of the executive order is legally blocked, hopefully, until it is reversed by the next President.
So now, boys can go back to being boys, and girls can go back to being girls, and each must use the restrooms of their biological gender, and focus on their academics.
Parents, question your school administrators to ensure they are not implementing this immoral and perverted executive order authored by President Obama, that has now been legally blocked from implementation as an executive order.
 
Michael Whitten
River, KY


Letters to the Editor
Transgender bathrooms

Dear Editor,
Those who follow the news are aware of President Obama’s Transgender Bathroom and Shower Executive Order.  This would force school administrators to permit boys to use the girl’s restroom and permit boys to shower with girls and share changing rooms.  The only requirement from the boy is for him to say that he “feels” like a girl at that moment in time.  School administrators are not permitted to ask for any psychological or medical justification of the boy’s request under the order.
When I wrote Governor Beshear about this order when it first came out, he replied that he would do everything in his power to fight it.  True to his word, Kentucky joined a lawsuit led by Texas, and joined by 12 other states (11 southern and 2 northern), to fight this immoral order. A note: The democrat attorney general, Beshear, refused to join the lawsuit, so Governor Bevin took it upon himself to join for Kentucky. Another dozen states are fighting this executive order in a separate lawsuit. 
On August 22, a federal judge ruled in favor of the states’ argument that President Obama did not have the authority to force this (his perversion) on the states.  Forced implementation of the executive order is legally blocked, hopefully, until it is reversed by the next president.
So now, boys can go back to being boys, and girls can go back to being girls, and each must use the restrooms of their biological gender, and focus on their academics.
Parents, question your school administrators to ensure they are not implementing this immoral and perverted executive order authored by the same.
 
Michael Whitten
River, KY


Letters to the Editor
Kentucky State Fair

Dear Editor,
 Since 1902, people have traveled the Bluegrass State to come together at the Kentucky State Fair and celebrate being a part of our great Commonwealth, while discovering the very best of what it has to offer.
The Kentucky State Fair performs the delicate balancing act of honoring the state’s rich history and reflecting the ever-evolving lives of those who call it home. At the heart of the Fair is the celebration and recognition of agriculture and our roots as an agrarian state. With representative measures of both urban and rural, the event introduces visitors to the biggest, latest and most important achievements, accomplishments and advancements in agriculture, manufacturing, education, social and economic trends, and entertainment.
This year, an estimated 600,000 visitors will come through the gates of the Kentucky Exposition Center August 18-28 in search of a day they’ll never forget; one filled with extraordinary sights, smells, sounds, tastes, experiences and more. Nearly 1,000 Kentucky State Fair staff and event employees will be at the ready to ensure they receive it.
From the biggest pumpkin to free giveaways, games of chance to the grand champion steer, a blue-ribbon quilt to deep-fried derby pie, there is truly something for everyone at the Kentucky State Fair.
Stop by:
• Pride of the Counties and explore the unique story behind each county
• Health Horizons for free health screenings by medical professionals
• Coca-Cola Talent Classic to watch youth from across the state compete
• Gourmet Garden to catch cooking competitions and demonstrations
• Heritage Hall for bingo and a free cup of coffee for seniors
• 4-H and FFA to check out who’s raised this year’s champions
• Main Street Kentucky to interact with exhibits about education, government, environment and the arts
• Little Miss and Mister Pageant to cheer on winners from county fairs
• World’s Championship Horse Show to see 2,000 of the finest Saddlebreds, Hackney Ponies and Roadsters compete
• Performing Arts Showcase and be entertained by storytellers, musicians, comedians, singers and dancers
Plus there are games, rides and concerts that range from country to gospel, hard rock to hip-hop.   It’s easy to understand why the Kentucky State Fair spans eleven days – you need that much time to experience everything it has to offer.
Remember, it takes each one of us, and all of us together, to make the fair truly a state affair. Meet us at the Kentucky State Fair this summer, August 18-28. Your presence is requested, and required, to help make it what it is today -- the best state fair in the country.
 
Dr. Mark Lynn
Chairman
Kentucky State Fair Board
 
PS: Additional details, including information about tickets, special days, discounts and free parking, can be found at the Kentucky State Fair website: www.kystatefair.org



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