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May 21, 2018

Letter to the editor

Dear Editor,

On June 10th the Lawrence Co. BOE held a special meeting where they gave the bid of grass mowing to Lawn Express which was not the low bidder.

Why have something called a bid when they knew from the beginning who they were going to hire?

The BOE requested bids on the yearly lawn mowing for all of the school grounds. There was special criteria that each company had to have and the 3 companies that met all criteria and bid were Webb Mowing, who turned in a bid for 1,900.50 a month, Lawn Express bid 1,799.00 a month and M & W Lawn Care bid 1,700.00.

The BOE had a special meeting after the bids were turned in and changed it from a bid to a point system. The point system was based on manpower, equipment and how much they currently mow. Lawn Express got the job according to their point system. It would be hard to beat them since they mowed for the Board of Education last year.

By the way, they agreed to get it done in three and a half days where M & W Lawn Care said they could do it in one and a half days.

The question that remains unanswered is why call it a bid? The state requires for them to bid the job, yet they picked who they wanted for it. They even changed the rules at the end of the game.

After all of the cuts that the Lawrence County Board of Education is facing why are the taxpayers paying $400 more a month for the grass to be mowed at our schools?

Mike and Wilma Hughes

Louisa, Ky.

May 18, 2018


Republican Judge/Executive Candidate Phil Carter is zeroing in on call center jobs. The idea here is a good one. A major state project, known as Kentucky Wired, promises to bring Kentucky, and eastern Kentucky, specifically, into the modern world with high-speed fiber optic internet capabilities.

In order for counties such as Lawrence to attract a call center and hundreds of jobs, the Ky. Wired project needs to be completed. In order for counties such as Lawrence to attract a call center and hundreds of jobs, the Ky. Wired project needs to be completed.

Over the last few years, some Lawrence County residents have benefited from remote call center jobs, which allows them to work from home and generally pays $9-11 per hour. With improved capabilities, Carter believes he can attract call center companies to Lawrence County. The question to answer is whether or not it's possible.

To begin with, the Ky. Wired project has been in turmoil lately.

Kentucky's lands are extremely difficult to build in, between the limestone and the hills and trees. The Kentucky landscape has already caused severe delays, almost ending the project this year.

The state legislature finally decided to continue funding for the project for another 2 years, as well as giving the authority to negotiate loans for any unforeseen delays and roadblocks.

Never the less, even if the project is completed, it doesn't guarantee Lawrence County access the fiber network. What the state is building is a 'middle mile' network, as it has been called. Basically, the state is just laying the groundwork for private ISPs to come in and connect to their network, in order to provide services to customers.

There is the kicker, though. Kentucky Wired is only directly providing fiber optic internet services to government, schools, etc. Private customers will still have to have an ISP to provide their internet, but the state isn't having much luck in that department. AT&T is one of the largest providers of internet in Kentucky and they've already said they have no plans of contracting with the Kentucky Wired program. It remains to be seen whether other companies will.

Assuming for a moment that the project is completed and companies contract to use the middle mile in Lawrence County, how do we stand apart from the rest?

In this, Lawrence County will certainly not be alone at that point, as other counties will be vying for the same call center opportunities with their newfound internet capabilities.

So, how does Carter plan to make us stand out among the crowd? And, what is his backup plan should Kentucky Wired fail and not be completed? With the primary right around the corner, at least Carter has announced a plan, though I'd like to see it developed significantly more.


May 15, 2018

America's Second Most Favorite Drink

By Glenn Mollette

I know I drank too many soft drinks as a kid and even as s young adult. My grandpa's store was just across the road and I drank too many Pepsi Colas, Dr Peppers and various other soft drinks. As a young adult I drank plenty of diet drinks for a long time. I'm not totally soda pop free but I doubt that I drink one a month now. Summer is here with outings and picnics so I'll probably have a couple but I'm trying to stay with water and even cut back on coffee.

Soda pop is a tough one to overcome. I've seen people in recent years hang to diet pop right until they were almost dead. Even with failing kidneys and dialysis some people just cannot bring themselves to drink water. This is a serious mistake. Today's adults must wake up to the dangers of drinking too much soda pop. You don't need one every day. You would be better off to limit your soda to one or two a week. Unfortunately people almost live with a diet drink or even a sugary drink in their hands.

Drinking water every day is very important. My doctor told me to drink 50 to 64 ounces every day. This seems like a lot of water but a 20 ounce bottle doesn't really take long to consume. The actual amount of water intake for everybody is a bit different depending on how much coffee, fruit and vegetables you are already taking in daily.

From I read that our bodies use water in all cells, organs, and tissues to help regulate its temperature and maintain other bodily functions. Because our bodies lose water through breathing, sweating, and digestion, it's important to rehydrate by drinking fluids and eating foods that contain water. And then from, "Drinking Water Helps Maintain the Balance of Body Fluids. Your body is composed of about 60% water. The functions of these bodily fluids include digestion, absorption, circulation, creation of saliva, transportation of nutrients, and maintenance of body temperature."

Water is the second most popular beverage in the U.S. after soft drinks. This is a scary stat, since sugary soda is a huge health hazard, upping the risk of obesity, stroke, and other heart problems. However, these dangers can be avoided if people choose to drink water. Consider today putting the sugary stuff to the side and make water the number one drink of choice. The benefits really are endless.


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