Lawsuits filed in wake of water contamination

one by the state of Kentucky, have been filed against Childers Oil Co. in the wake of allegations the firm is responsible for contaminating the Whitesburg water supply. Meanwhile, Childers Oil has released an open letter to the public inviting citizens to access its website to view the results of independent lab tests on water samples taken from the river. […]

It’s time for a new CCC

Last week in this space we wrote about Diane Sawyer’s recent ABC News documentary, “A Hidden America: Children of the Mountains,” and the need to do more than dramatize the grim but all-too-familiar problems of Appalachia. We noted that we had been struck by something that Kentucky historian Ron Eller said about the need for fresh thinking about the region’s […]


Rush-hour frustration

He talks for hours every day. He gets paid to talk. Just talk. Doing it well is no small thing; witness the number of people who have tried to be him, or be the NOT-him, and failed. But he doesn’t have to build a coalition. He doesn’t need the votes of the other side to earn his check. He doesn’t […]

Bizarre bans benefit Canada

When a pizzeria closes, the pizzeria down the block usually sees a surge in business. That principle applies to commerce in the larger North American neighborhood. Whenever the United States locks the gate on a plausible economic activity, Canadians move in and profit. The Bush administration’s hostility toward stem-cell science created opportunity in Canada. Starved of adequate federal support, American […]

Hall is wrong on HB 119

State Rep. W. Keith Hall has lost his way. A bill he recently filed which would place a large number of the people he represents in danger is a mistake and a lapse in judgment. The proposal, House Bill 119, would allow mines with fewer than 18 employees on a shift to have only one miner trained in emergency medical […]

Insurance price hikes unfair

To the Editor: I know most insurance companies are reliable and that sometimes a reasonable increase in insurance premiums is justified. I don’t like when it happens, but I understand that it can happen. Even the most reasonable person would agree, however, that three increases over a six-year period, cumulatively totaling over a 100 percent hike in premiums, would be […]

Opposes HB 119

To the Editor: Be the Good Samaritan. Let your Representatives Keith Hall, T. Edmonds, and Ancel Smith know that you are opposed to HB 119 (BR306). We — many people and organizations — banded together and worked so hard two years ago to get a bill passed to increase the number of emergency medical technicians to two, after one miner […]

Looking for grave location of mother

To the Editor: I am trying to locate the exact location of the grave of my mother who is buried in the Isom Presbyterian Church Cemetery. Her name is Oma (Roberts) Stamper. She was married to Dennis Stamper. She died in 1950 with her grave being marked only by a rock. She was the daughter of James (Jim) and Ollie […]

Taken for granted

Imagine you are in a dark, closed-in cell. You’re cold, hungry, and lonely. All you know is that you are in a foreign country and you have just learned that Hitler has ordered his soldiers to kill every prisoner. Though this may be a perfect start for a fiction story, this was a very real two years of James Breeding […]

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