Letters to the Editor: Sept. 24
Thursday evening my wife and I had the honor to experience something great in the small town of Lynch.
They call the performance “Foglights,” a Higher Ground play put together with every age group. You can laugh and cry at the same time. The acting and singing is fantastic, it has to be the greatest, and it has to be the greatest deal in southeastern Kentucky. If you are looking for entertainment or something to get your mind off you troubles or everyday worries, this is it.
The quality of performance by the small children and young adults, I call them young adults instead of teenagers, is great. It’s amazing they can remember the words to so many songs, and their individual parts.
The set is changed several times during the play without interruption. This is a must see. Find out where the next performance is and chase it down.
I read with interest the recent recommendation made at the Harlan Chamber of Commerce meeting for Fiscal Court to give first priority to the completion of U.S. 421 to the Virginia line.
I am sure that this project’s completion would help certain business interests in our county. But, the fact of the matter is that what we need most in Harlan County is to have more businesses locate here. That would mean more jobs for our people and offer more choices locally, so that our citizen’s don’t have to go to Middlesboro, or Tennessee or Virginia to shop.
The biggest barrier to growth in Harlan County is not lack of roads. The biggest road block to real progress in Harlan County is the lingering desire on the part of certain monied people to play lords of the realm over the rest of the folk. They limit the choices that we have in retail businesses and restaurants by buying up the available real estate and then charging ungodly rents for a new business that would locate here.
Believe me, the old English feudal system is alive and flourishing in Harlan County. Gasoline is a prime example of how we, the citizens, are made to suffer. On Sept. 16 gas was priced at $3.18 in Corbin and Middlesboro. In Pineville, the price was $3.29. In Harlan, the cheapest was $3.56. I can see gas being 5 to 10 cents gallon higher here due to hauling it.
But, I refuse to believe these differences in prices are justified. As for priority in the county’s roads, how about KY 38 being repaired and widened from Evarts to the Holmes Mill area?
I challenge the chamber of commerce to consider how many people depend on KY 38 on a daily basis for all their travel needs.
It’s so much more than popcorn! The Blue Grass Council, Boy Scouts of America is launching its annual popcorn fundraiser. Your support in last year’s sale helped our scouts break all previous area records with more than one million dollars in sales.
The popcorn sale is an opportunity for Cub and Boy Scouts to earn money to support their scouting adventures like: Going to camp, completing community service projects or participating in educational field trips. Best of all, 70 percent of all proceeds support local scouts.
However, this is much more than a fundraiser. This is an opportunity for our scouts to learn life skills and develop confidence that will serve them and our community for the rest of their lives. This opportunity allows scouts to have the real life experiences of goal setting, planning, budgeting, marketing, salesmanship and public speaking at an age-appropriate level. Your engagement with our local Cub and Boy Scouts helps to prepare our next generation for school, careers and life.
So when you see scouts selling popcorn, remember this is much more than a delicious snack. You can support their adventures and prepare young people for the future by purchasing popcorn. You’ll help them won’t you?
Popcorn Kernel Blue Grass
Council, Boy Scouts of America
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