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Chill The **** Out Washington

Now I can’t say I’m the peace, love and happiness type but there is a limit to the amount of conflict I can handle. It seems the warring parties though have an endless supply of endurance for the shenanigans they let perpetuate. The sad part is that these folks were elected to represent the needs and wants of their constituents, not beat their chest and grunt for dominance. I don’t think anyone wants our AAA credit rating to suffer because Hardly and Barely can’t agree to a fair compromise. After all the pent up aggression subsides and cooler heads...

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Drug Testing for Welfare Recipients

It’s a headline that you could see coming to Kentucky. On May 31 Florida’s Governor, Rick Scott signed a bill into law that requires welfare applicants to pass a drug test in order to qualify for temporary cash assistance. The law went into effect on July 1st making Florida the first state to require testing of welfare recipients. Missouri’s Governor Jay Nixon followed Florida’s lead and signed into law House Bill 73. This law requires the state Department of Social Services to “develop a program to screen each applicant or recipient who is otherwise eligible for Temporary Assistance for...

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Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining

The EPA recently finalized guidelines concerning controversial surface-mining techniques. The E.P.A. claims the new standards will improve water quality in Appalachian coal country. Opponents to the guidelines argue that the new guidelines can’t be met by coal companies. The guidelines hinder companies’ ability to get permits in turn hurting coal production and jobs in Eastern Kentucky and Central Appalachia. The industry is currently challenging the EPA stating it’s impossible to meet then new standards and still carry on with production. Mountaintop removal coal mining has been a heated debate for years. Several local citizens have protested the acts and even been arrested in the name of protecting Appalachian land. Mickey McCoy speaking at Alliance for Appalachia Congressional Briefing. Let’s hear your opinion Martin County? Read more:...

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Martin County Residents Die Early

I hate to alarm you, but it’s true. According to County Health Rankings Martin County ranks 119 out of 120, just above Owsley County, for the worst health rating in the state. County Health Rankings also report that for every 100,000 Martin County residents, 14,182 years of life will be lost before the age of 75. The national average is 5,564, almost 1/3 of our rate! The study also shows that 39% of Martin County residents report their health is less than good. What causes Martin County to reveal such morbid vital statistics? I’m going to assume factors such as the following attribute: 31% of adults admit to smoking – the national average is only 15%. Adult obesity rate of 35% – the national average is 25%. Excessive drinking, which includes binge drinking and heavy drinking , is 9% – the national average is 8%. Teen birth rate of 72 per 1,000 females between the age of 15 and 19, – the national average is 22 per 1000. As a county and nation, health wise, we live in an abusive society. Every day we make unwise choices about smoking, drinking, and eating. A lot of times it’s just quicker, easier, and much more convenient to grab something quick from Taco Bell, McDonald’s, or Dairy Queen. Someone else cooks and cleans up, but face it, it’s tough to make healthy...

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SUMMER CRUISE IN

INEZ TOURISM is sponsoring a SUMMER CRUISE IN, Saturday, July 23, 2011 6 pm – 9 pm. FREE!!! NO ENTRY FEE!!!!!! just bring your cars, motorcycles, tricycles and yourself, we will have food, fun, entertainment, and door prizes for all vehicle entrants. If you need info call City Hall at 298-4602 8 a.m. to 12 noon Friday. Leave a message if clerk is not there. Your call be be...

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