Letters to the Editor


Recently my husband and I were in Middlesboro and ate at Long John Silvers. After having a very nice dinner, we left the restaurant and headed toward home.

About 20 minutes later, I discovered I had left my purse at the restaurant. My purse had my check book, wallet with credit card, over $100 in cash, etc.

We turned around and headed back to the restaurant. Upon our arrival, we were pleased to learn that one of the workers had found the purse and turned it in to the assistant manager. All of the items in the purse were present and intact.

So, thanks Long John Silvers staff for serving up you food with a large dose of honesty. Just one more thing to be thankful for in this holiday season.

Rita Hamlin



Every child that starts school is at risk for a lifetime of costly challenges, costs we all share, Head Start, America’s largest preschool program, has a vital role in reducing risk for Kentucky’ most vulnerable children.

Serving 30 million American children since 1965, Head Start promotes school readiness for low-income children by addressing their deficits in early learning, health and family functioning. Many successful alumni attest to its transformative impact.

While our investment in Head Start warrants study the inherent challenges for such research are seen in early studies whose flawed methods promoted a misconception that Head Start gains ‘fade out.’ Ongoing study has corrected such flaws with different outcomes.

Steve Barnett from the National Institute of Early Education Research, an occasional Head Start critic, analyzed data from 2003-2009, finding that language gains for Head Start children doubled those in comparison groups. Another study by Mississippi State University found that Head Start children were twice as likely to be proficient in language, writing and match. Researchers concluded, “Results clearly show that Head Start has significant impact in the first years of elementary education.”

These outcomes also reflect bipartisan work in Congress to strengthen Head Start. We have increased training for our teachers in literacy development. Teachers with four-year degrees or higher have increased from 25 to 67 percent. We’re replacing oversight agencies in programs that don’t meet Head Start’s standards. In Kentucky, we’re working with other early education providers to align our various standards for stronger collaboration.

Kentucky’s Head Starts are among the nations’ strongest, as evidenced by the stability of our program oversight. We are making a powerful difference in the lives of Kentucky’s at-risk children. In promoting their futures, we secure Kentucky’s future.

Allyson Shelton

Executive director, Kentucky Head Start


I am writing in defense of Kim Davis. Since part of the Pledge to the Flag says ‘One nation under God,’ then that makes us lower than God. Also, he is the creator and we are his creation. He is the potter and we are the clay and He created everything that was ever created.

Therefore, no body of government has a right to establish a law that is contrary to the Bible.

When Kim took the pledge to uphold the law of the land, that was the present laws, bot laws past her term because she hadn’t reached that point yet.

When the king had the three Hebrew children thrown in the fire, the Lord went in and delivered them, then the king changed his mind about them and threw the three Hebrew’s in. The lord delivered Daniel from the lion’s den and the king changed his mind about Daniel and threw in those that had Daniel thrown and the lions ate them all up.

The man who wrote Dust on the Bible, wrote a great song, but I feel there are millions that do not have a Bible to have dust on. Also I believe there are many today who know about the TV Guide than they do about the Bible. Study the word to show thyself approved unto God.

Lloyd Dean


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