Recent editorials from Kentucky newspapers:
The Daily Independent on a recent question-and-answer session with candidates running for the Ashland Board of City Commissioners:
For those who missed it, The Daily Independent conducted and moderated a question-and-answer session involving eight candidates for the Board of Ashland City Commissioners on Monday evening at the Paramount Arts Center.
Each candidate, one of whom is running as a write-in, was respectful of the rules and stayed within the boundaries outlined in the format. For that, we say thank you.
Candidates answered tough questions, none of which were distributed to them in any way prior to the event. By answering a few uncomfortable yet legitimate questions, they each showed why they belonged on the stage on Monday. All eight candidates informed the voters of Ashland of their various stances and stated why they’d be the best fit for the city.
For the current commissioners, it was a good opportunity for them to reiterate why their stay in the seats should extend. For the others, it was a chance for more exposure as they expressed their views. All eight appeared passionate for this city.
Overall, it was a productive, informative event that everyone can still view on The Daily Independent and My Town TV Facebook pages. It also aired on Kool Hits 105.7-FM.
From The Daily Independent, thank you to My Town TV, Kool Hits, the Paramount, the candidates and to you, the viewers/readers/voters. Thanks to Clark’s Pump-N-Shops of the Tri-State for sponsoring the event. And now, it’s up to you the voter to make the decision by Nov. 3.
The State Journal on upcoming renovations for a street in Frankfort, Kentucky:
Though bone-jarringly bumpy right now, East Main Street hill will receive a fresh surface and new traffic pattern, which gives local motorists, cyclists and pedestrians something to cheer about.
Released by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet on Friday, the new lane configuration is for the portion of East Main Street from Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to East Broadway.
Rather than the current pattern of two lanes in each direction, the new configuration will include one lane in each direction, a center turning lane and bike lanes on each side.
According to KYTC research engineer Adam Kirk, who advised the Franklin County Fiscal Court about a feasibility study the state conducted on East Main last year, an average of 15,000-17,000 vehicles travel the 2½-mile stretch of road each day.
He said that approximately 76 motor vehicle accidents occur on East Main each year and that converting the street from four lanes to three could eliminate half or more of the wrecks.
Not only will the new traffic pattern match that of East Main from MLK Jr. Boulevard to Versailles Road, but it will also provide a safe way for cyclists and pedestrians — especially Kentucky State University students — to access downtown.
Under the current configuration, bicyclists must ride with traffic. The two bike lanes will also provide a buffer of additional space between pedestrians on the sidewalks and motor vehicle traffic.
“This is a WIN for our community. WalkBike Frankfort proposed a few options to KYTC and we are pleased that they chose an option that is better for both pedestrians and cyclists,” said Leesa Unger, president of WalkBike Frankfort.
Through phone calls and emails, the group of outdoor enthusiasts lobbied to have the East Main Street hill lane configuration changed to three lanes with two bike lanes after the Transportation Cabinet originally planned on keeping the four-lane option.
It worked. KYTC reevaluated the traffic pattern and announced that milling and resurfacing of this portion of East Main Street is scheduled to begin in early November.
Kudos to WalkBike Frankfort and KYTC for making the right decision for our community.
The Daily Independent on a high school student who is raising money to provide children in Kentucky coloring books and crayons:
When Grace Worthington began her RACK fundraiser, she said she would keep us posted on her progress.
In the spirit of transparency, she has.
The 16-year-old decided to raise money to provide local agencies with coloring books and crayons for children being served. Her efforts, which she calls Color Covid with Kindness, yielded 202 coloring books and 202 boxes of 24-count crayons. Fifty-six of each went to Shelter of Hope; 56 of each went to King’s Daughters Medical Center’s pediatric floor; and 90 of each went to Ashland Child Development Center.
Although the girl’s family has taught her to help others, she said she was inspired by Ashland’s Random Acts of Cody Kindness.
“RACK gave me even more want to bring kindness and strive to not give up on the little things in life that can bring a smile,” she said. “I want to bring some smiles to the little kids that may not quite understand.”
It’s not like the Fairview High School student has nothing else to do. In addition to her studies, she works part time at My Dad’s Pizza and she learned to sew this year, in part, so she could make masks; she donated about 60 masks to Wurtland Nursing and Rehabilitation before orders for masks came rolling in.
In a recent social media post, her mother, Carissa Salyers, said she thanks donors for their support on the coloring project.
In turn, we thank Grace Worthington for not just thinking of creative ways to help others, but investing her time and efforts to make those plans a reality in the Ashland community.