To the editor:
As a member of the Jackson Energy Cooperative, I am deeply concerned that East Kentucky Power Co-operative (EKPC) has still not cancelled plans for its Smith power plant in Clark County.
Rather than spend nearly a billion dollars on a new power plant that we may not even need, EKPC’s leaders should set their sights on energy efficiency programs that will save us money by helping stabilize our electricity usage. I’m glad to see that after the scathing management audit on EKPC there are new managers in place, hopefully with new ideas for strengthening the co-op by diversifying electricity sources, not just sinking further into debt.
But the one thing the EKPC board must do to help its members is abandon the Smith plant.
I hope at their Aug. 10 board meeting, they truly have “all options on the table,” as they have said they would.
To the editor:
In last week’s paper there was an article entitled, “School board to set new academic standards”. While I do not believe the article was meant to mislead anyone, the wording of the title is inaccurate. Local school boards do not “make” the standards to be taught within the school districts. The standards are set at the state level, get written into a document called the “Core Content for Assessment”, passed into legislation by the state Congress and then taught by teachers within local school districts. The math and language arts standards discussed in the article were in fact adopted back in February by the state and are actually “national” standards developed by organizations at the national level. The state of Kentucky had little to do with developing the standards and the Estill County school district has little to nothing to do with developing the standards. The local school district here is merely informing representatives of the schools of the changes in these new “national” standards the state adopted.
Regardless of who claims the credit for the standards, standards are nothing but words on a page if the delivery is not there. The delivery goes beyond teachers, without everyone doing their part from parents, the community, the school system and most importantly the students, any school system will fail. Reviews of the Kentucky education system on all levels, at nearly all times routinely shows a failing/struggling education system. A change in standards cannot fix this level of failure. The only fix is a complete dismantlement and a rebuild from a completely different angle.