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New dropout bill deserves support



On average, a high school graduate will earn $7,000 to $10,000 more per year than a high school dropout. By itself, this statistic provides ample reason for the General Assembly to pass House Bill 301, which would boost Kentucky’s dropout age from 16 to 18 by the beginning of the 2014-15 school year. In addition to providing that high school […]

The elephant at the summit



WASHINGTON This week will determine the shape of American politics for the next three years. No, that’s not one of those journalistic exaggerations intended to catch your attention, although I hope it did. It’s an accurate description of the stakes at the health care summit President Obama has called for Thursday. The issue is whether the summit proves to be […]

Why Evan Bayh should not have jumped ship



In an essay titled, “Why I’m Leaving the Senate,” Evan Bayh brilliantly explains what’s wrong with the Senate and how to fix it. If only the headline had read, “Why I’m Not Leaving the Senate” — or better, “Things I Will Do If Indiana Voters Give Me Another 6 Years.” Bayh is a heartland moderate with many attractive qualities and […]

Fighting subversion of our sovereignty



As you’ve probably heard, corporations are now “people” — humanoids that are equivalent to you and me. This miraculous metamorphosis happened on Jan. 21. Accompanied by a blinding bolt of lightning, and a terrifying jolt of thunder, five Dr. Frankensteins on the Supreme Court threw a judicial switch that endowed these pulseless paper entities with the human right to speak […]

American Legion supports our troops



To the Editor: “We support our troops!” Those four words are seen on signs, yellow ribbon magnets, bracelets, t-shirts, bumper stickers and other things. When you purchase one of these items, is any part of the cost going to actually provide anything for our military folks? Maybe so, maybe not. The American Legion is in a competition for $250,000 for […]

Services held for Thomas Taulbee



Thomas Taulbee, 76, of Fairfield, Ohio, died January 30. Born in Whitesburg, he was a son of the late John and Lucy Sizemore Taulbee. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Imogene and Vermel. He retired as a master plumber in 2005, and was a member of the Rolling Hills Baptist Church. Surviving are his wife, Betty Everidge Taulbee; […]

Rites held for Billy Wayne Fuller



Funeral services for Billy Wayne Fuller, 55, were held February 10 at the Isom Presbyterian Church. Burial was in Isom Cemetery. A son of the late Robert Lee and Joy Fay Ables Fuller, he died February 6. He was a brother of the late Denver Ison Jr. Fuller was graduated in 1972 from Letcher High School, and was a founding […]

Services are held for David Kincer



David G. Kincer, 77, died February 11, at his home on Pine Creek. A son of the late Lundy and Della Craft Kincer, he was a member of the Millstone Missionary Baptist Church. He was a brother of the late Sally and Eva Kincer, and the father-in-law of the late Tanya Kincer. Surviving are his wife, Roberta Haddix Kincer of […]

Ruby Ashley dies



Ruby Ashley, 90, of Jeremiah, died February 17 at Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital. A daughter of the late Hisey and Polly Ann Caudill, she was the widow of James F. Ashley. She was a member of the Dixon Memorial Old Regular Baptist Church. Surviving are two daughters, Sherlie Combs and husband Buff ord of Jeremiah, and Geraldine McDonald and husband […]


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