Calls for elected officials to reject recent gun proposals
Whether you want to believe that the attacks on our Second Amendment rights to keep and bear arms are real and valid or hysteria based is irrelevant.
Our elected leaders at all levels including the local levels from our sheriff to our iudge-executive to the mayors to the council members, have the shared responsibility of recognizing that the fear is present and they also have the responsibility to respond to such fears.
Our elected leaders need to go on record as individuals to ensure their constituents that they have no intention of adhering to any federal mandates, executive orders or legislative laws passed that would create a violation of your Second Amendment Rights.
It is not a custom of small town politics to put your elected officials on the spot on delicate matters such as this and to allow them to respond as an option and in their own time, but the fact of the matter is this: people are SCARED.
People are acting to protect themselves as best as they economically can.
I am asking that ALL our elected leaders in Estill County follow the lead of the Jackson County Sheriff and sheriffs across the country in writing our president and leaders in Washington, D.C. to tell them that their power grab on guns is not acceptable and will not be enforced in their jurisdiction.
Buses are the best, safest way for school children to get to class
After working in the Estill County Schools for many years, I have always been extremely impressed with the outstanding and caring educators and support staff that our schools have who are charged with educating our youth.
Today, Wednesday, Jan. 30, I have been listening to my scanner while the storms moved through our county and I continue to be so thankful for some of the most unsung heros in our school system.
In my opinion, the people who drive our buses are worth their weight in gold. This morning, they were faced with storms and heavy rains and their greatest concern was how they could make sure the children and young people that they carry to school were safe and secure.
The drivers picked up children who were not necessarily their regular riders, so they would not have to stand in the rain waiting on their regular bus which, in several cases, were running late because of the weather.
The drivers talk to each other on their radios to inform them of dangers that they see, and they let other drivers know of a car that might seem to be poised to make a decision that could cause a traffic problem.
When their schedules are disrupted by the weather or an occasional mechanical problem, other drivers are always willing to take their students from one location to another or to help in any way.
In my opinion, the safest way for children to get to/from school is on a bus for three primary reasons: First, the bus is built to be the most sturdy vehicle on the road. Second, those buses are inspected/maintained at a very high level and third, they are operated by people who are highly trained and are as caring towards our youth as any employee in the school system.