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Letters to the Editor and other articles on this page do not necessarily reect the opinions of the Cumberland County News publisher and staff. Letters to Editor Policy Opinions Cyndi Pritchett – Editor Sarah Stockton – Advertising Manager Billy Guffey – Advertising Design and Layout Paula Gunderman – Typesetting USPS 139-900 412 Courthouse Square, P.O. Box 307 Burkesville, Kentucky 42717 Phone (270) 864-3891 • ccn@burkesville.com The Cumberland County News is published each Wednesday at Burkesville, KY and is entered as a periodical at the Burkesville Post Ofce. Subscription rates are: $19.00 (including tax) per year in Cumberland and adjoining counties; $27.00 (including tax) elsewhere in KY; and $30.00 out-of-state (no tax). POSTMASTER: Send address changes to P.O. Box 307, Burkesville, KY 42717. Member of the Kentucky Weekly Newspaper Association, the Kentucky Press Association, the National Newspaper Association, and the Burkesville-Cumberland County Chamber of Commerce. © Copyright, Cumberland County News, 2014 Cumberland County News Happy Birthday to you! Jo’s Bookmark It was the day ater Christmas that my trav- eling buddy, Molly Davis and I journeyed to Hoover, Alabama, a suburb o the large city o Birming- ham. For it’s in Hoover that Molly and Corky’s grandson, Jeremy Davis is living, having moved there rom Arizona three months ago. Ater having had a Christmas resplendent with much Santa Claus, ood and visitations with beloved amily members, I’d looked orward to this “getting away or a while” time. And, fnally ater 3 hours o being lost in the suburbs o Birmingham, there we were at Jeremy’s fne home, being greeted by Cathey Davis, Jer- emy’s stepmom. Cathey had been in Hoover the past week, caring or fve dogs which belong to Jer- emy and his riend Tyler. While they were on vaca- tion, Cathey dog-sat. While Molly and I were there or only three days, it seems that we cov- ered lots o ground. We watched, on Saturday while eating at Apple- bee’s, the UK/UL basket- ball game. Apparently both teams have tremen- Jan. 7-13 Julie Murphy - 7th Doug Williams - 7th Larry Dyer - 7th J.D. Pritchett - 8th Joe Davis - 8th Kayla Johnson - 8th Weldon Wright - 8th Malcolm Willis - 8th Ruth Harris - 8th Fern Spears - 8th Cade Barnes - 9th Tyler Sewell - 10th Sarah Bean - 10th Madison Wray - 10th Zayne Murphy -10th Jasmine Cope - 10th Becky Hurt - 10th Laura Riley - 11th Little Dean Lawson, Jr. - 12th Tyler Simpson - 12th Connie Spear - 12th Johnny Corbin - 12th Tammy Buckles - 12th Deanna Willis - 13th Nicky Davidson Mc- Cloughan - 13th Jessi Wheat - 13th Josh Wheat - 13th To the editor: The students, teachers, administrators, and sup- port sta o the Cumber- land County School System deserve praise or working diligently in their roles as educators or our students. Additionally, the members o the Cumberland County Board o Education are also deserving o praise or their devotion, responsibility, and outstanding educational leadership. Mr. Lovell Grider, Mr. Danny Lee, Mr. Ben Sells, Mr. Greg Smith, and Mr. Terry Riley are more than ust elected ofcials. In act, they are the link between the school district’s citi- zens and its schools. They routinely make some tough decisions, set policy or the district, and create the con- ditions that enable students to succeed. In their individu- al walks o lie as residents here, they are also part o the fber o our community. The state o Kentucky has chosen to join other states in observing January as School Board Member Recognition Month, which is the 20th year in which it has done so. Our local school board members merit this appreciation. As the demands o high- stakes accountability have increased or our schools, the job o our local school board members has likewise become increasingly com- plex requiring more time, training, and knowledge. They also must ensure the saety and maintenance o school buildings and buses, support teachers by making sure they have adequate proessional development, lead the charge or pro- grams that help students o every ability level, and closely monitor the fnances o the school system. There is not a single aspect o over- all district operation that isn’t tied to the work o our board members. I am pleased to join with other community members in thanking the members o our Cumberland County Board o Education this month or what they do on behal o our children. Sincerely, Dr. Kirk Biggerstaff Superintendent of Schools Dear Editor: Something important is going on right now in Cum- berland County. Our Fiscal Court is in the process o passing an ordinance that will declare us to be a “right to work” county. In simplest terms that means no person will be required to join and support a labor union in order to work here. In more complete terms it means that our Court is taking steps to reinstate one o our personal liberties that has been trampled upon by higher government. At the moment Kentucky is the only southern state that is not “right to work” and our neighbor states, including Indiana and Ten- nessee, do protect citizens right to work. As a result many employers move out o state and others decline to set up shop in the frst place. Not good or Ken- tucky breadwinners. Attempts to correct the situation at state level have allen on dea ears. Since Frankort has declined to rectiy the situation the onus o responsibility has come down to county level. Four other counties have passed such ordinances and that means that our Fiscal Court has taken a position o early leadership in addressing the problem. Make no mistake. It takes a great level o initiative and responsibility, not to mention backbone, to take such an action in the ace o organized political opposi- tion. Our Court is fghting bureaucracy and in the course o recorded history no powerul and bloated bureaucracy has ever dem- onstrated even a smidgen o sel-control and restraint. Our Magistrates and Court Judge all deserve our thanks and admiration. Don’t be quiet about it. I’m proud o them. Vince Konsavage, SCPO, U.S.N.(Ret) Burkesville, KY dous ollowings, however ar we roam and that was a prideul moment, to real- ize this. It was on Saturday that we did some shopping and attended Mass at a large and beautiul Catho- lic Church in the neigh- borhood. The church was packed and I noted there were many youth there which made us eel good. It was on Sunday morn- ing , ater Jeremy and Ty- ler returned that we set out to see what we could fnd. It was a most enjoyable day, visiting stores and eat- ing Chinese Cuisine at a very nice restaurant. Ater- wards, we were privileged to tour the television sta- tion where Tyler is a Man- ager/Supervisor. I’d never toured a television station beore and ound it quite intriguing. I’ve included photos this week o our trip which included a visit to Vulcan National Park which overlooks the city o Birmingham although og was so think, we couldn’t see what we wanted to see. At the end o the day, Ty- ler prepared dinner which was delicious. It was the ollowing day, Monday, that Molly, Cathey and I hit the road or Kentucky. It was a wonderul little holiday we had in the outskirts o Bir- mingham and we’re ready to accommodate Jeremy, when he again invites us. HAPPY NEW YEAR, FOLKS! Pictures this week in- clude images o Molly, Cathey, Jeremy and me. The one I’m in was at the anchor’s desk at the tele- vision station o which I spoke. The picture o the painting I made is o Jeremy’s award win- ning photo, completed in Mrs. Charlotte Cash’s Art Class when Jeremy was in high school. This painting is located at the head o the stairs o his house. New Jersey Senate delays vote on assisted suicide bill Submitted by the Right to Life of the Cumberlands group New Jersey state sena- tors backing a bill to legal- ize assisted suicide in the state have delayed the bill as they plan to wage an “educational campaign” to convince their colleagues. Hours ater a state Sen- ate committee approved the assisted suicide bill or con- sideration by the ull Sen- ate, supporter and Senate President Stephen Sweeney said there would be no vote on Thursday, which is the last day o the 2014 session or the state Senate. Marie Tasy, executive di- rector o New Jersey Right to Lie, told LieSiteNews that disability advocates, her organization, and re- ligious leaders -- as well as “individuals who were battling illness and disease but who were adamantly op- posed to the bill” -- testifed against the bill on Monday. “Witnesses in opposition overwhelmingly outnum- bered witnesses in avor,” said Tasy. “The bill was released rom committee by a vote o 5-3, [but] was released rom committee without recommendation. [This] means that members voted to release but reserve their right to change their vote when it comes beore the ull Senate.” Tasy said that the bill would orce taxpayers to und assisted suicide “through Medicaid and, most likely, the state health exchange via Obamacare. She encouraged opponents o the bill to contact their state senators and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. By Jim Waters A Gallup poll in 2013 ound that a miserly 14 percent o Americans con- sider state oiceholders “trustworthy.” That, o course, doesn’t mean all politicians are untrustworthy. They aren’t. In act, such polls re- ally aren’t about individual politicians as much as they serve as a kind o protest in avor o ot-discarded val- ues – such as when a man’s word was his bond or when hard-ought politically ne- gotiated agreements were honored. Take, or example, the agreement reached on a minimum-wage increase during the 2007 session o the Kentucky General As- sembly that led to passage o House Bill 305, which raised the state’s minimum wage by $2.10 during the next two years to the cur- rent $7.25 (same as the ederal rate) but tied uture hikes to increases in the ed- eral government’s minimum wage. The bill was the ruit o a challenging political com- promise between those who wanted a larger increase than the inal agreement and opponents o such gov- ernment-mandated wage increases, particularly small-business owners, who received assurance o more certainty because o the lim- its placed on uture hikes. Opponents o minimum- wage increases also in the end went along with the measure because tying u- ture upsurges in the state’s minimum-wage rate to ed- eral minimum-wage hikes would reduce the likelihood that the commonwealth would be placed at a greater competitive disadvantage with neighboring states. Some current members o the legislature were in ofce at the time and voted or HB 305, including Nelson County Republican Rep. David Floyd. “We made that deal; we satisfed both sides,” Floyd said when asked recently on KET’s “Kentucky Tonight” about a potential legisla- tive battle over increasing the minimum wage during Minimum-wage proponents: Let’s break a deal the upcoming 2015 session o the Kentucky General Assembly. It’s not even up or dis- cussion, Floyd said. “We came together in 2007 (and agreed that) we’re going to raise the minimum wage every time the ederal See Deal on Page 4 Say Happy Birthday! $8 with photo, $5 without Add color for $30 extra (space limited) Deadline Monday at 5 p.m.