AintGr8asUthink

Ashland, KY

#3 Dec 7, 2017
Not sure if this is on topic or not, it seems that this area in general (tri-state) has basically ran off all industries that once flourished here. Many of the industries that were here also became outdated to also make matters worse. I believe that if the local government officials weren’t so full of themselves and would have looked toward the future of this area and the people of this area, we would not have 3 governing bodies here, we would have one large government (I am speaking about Boyd county, Ashland and Catlettsburg) and now there is seeking out of industry to try and rebuild this area. Maybe if it wasn’t so close minded and as mentioned earlier, Uni-government was started years ago maybe this area could compete with Lexington and other areas of the state. I as well as others do hope that Braidy Industry does well here and does good for the area, it just seems as though it is putting all your eggs in one basket, so to speak. But also at this time monies being invested belong to the public, what happened to the businesses having enough trust in the area thinking that their business will flourish and invest their own money completely? Is this something of years gone by? I know that if you give me someone else’s money and tell me that “whatever you do with it all will be ok. It doesn’t matter if the investment pans out and makes money or loses money. Again would be nice to see businesses come back to this area and help what seems to be an economic downturn of this area.
Questioner

United States

#4 Dec 8, 2017
I don’t think we have experienced enough economic development people to even be able to discern if this a good idea. After years of lackluster Econ development from the city(unless it involved alcohol sales or friends) Braidy falls into their laps and suddenly they are geniuses. I do not think a communications degree or elementary education degree is adequate. I can’t think of anyone I trust on this. But what will happen will happen and I hope it’s on the up and up.
Inept but popular

Ashland, KY

#5 Dec 9, 2017
Why do voters feel that teachers, preachers, librarians, and school administrators are best selections for public sector management and economic development?

These people only have experience in spending other peoples money.

Probably because those that have the ability to run a city or county don't have time to waste in political office. It is why Ashland commission meets during normal work time, none of them are necessary anywhere else.

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over, expecting a different result but never achieving it. We keep putting people in office based on popularity and not ability. We get what we vote for both locally and nationally.
Questioner

United States

#6 Dec 9, 2017
Inept but popular wrote:
Why do voters feel that teachers, preachers, librarians, and school administrators are best selections for public sector management and economic development?

These people only have experience in spending other peoples money.

Probably because those that have the ability to run a city or county don't have time to waste in political office. It is why Ashland commission meets during normal work time, none of them are necessary anywhere else.

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over, expecting a different result but never achieving it. We keep putting people in office based on popularity and not ability. We get what we vote for both locally and nationally.
Facebook “likes” and “well, we knew their daddy” have too heavy an influence on hiring and elections. I will never understand the clout that headstones in Ashland cemeteries have on who is hired at local government levels. And FB photo ops can’t determine a person’s knowledge of economic realities and how to spend money, as evidenced by the &300,000 passed out to non profits without realizing the bus system’s insolvency or future pension costs this past budget session at the city. The commission fight with a commissioner on TV over raises said it all.
Gr8fulVoter

Ashland, KY

#7 Dec 9, 2017
Inept but popular wrote:
Why do voters feel that teachers, preachers, librarians, and school administrators are best selections for public sector management and economic development?

These people only have experience in spending other peoples money.

Probably because those that have the ability to run a city or county don't have time to waste in political office. It is why Ashland commission meets during normal work time, none of them are necessary anywhere else.

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over, expecting a different result but never achieving it. We keep putting people in office based on popularity and not ability. We get what we vote for both locally and nationally.
Also don’t forget coaches (or should it really be former coaches) and people that can’t have an original thought that is their own, but needs a thought spoon fed to them and pretend that they made this great epiphany. Would be nice to see some changes and have them work together, doesn’t necessarily mean they have to agree on everything one person comes up with, but would discuss, not
argue like little kids, and then come to conclusions, again maybe agreeing or disagreeing in a respectable manner. Everyone complains about this relationship or that relationship between commissioners and employees, my question is,“How many of you complainers actually go out and vote when it is time, or just sit back let everyone else make their picks then complain?” No matter the election if
a person feels that they need to complain the first
thing to do is vote. Otherwise your whining and complaining does not count. Again as stated they can go out to the cemetery and get a few names and put them on the upcoming ballot and get them elected. Also have noticed that certain City departments have also in the past or present endorsing candidates, if research is done it
isn’t difficult to figure out why. Around 10 times out of 10 there is connection, kin of some sort, rather it be spouse, parent, offspring, cousins or being a former employee of the department that is endorsing them. So if people want change you need to be that change and go vote, or allow the same ones to put the same people back in where they are.
peeons and peasants

United States

#8 Jan 3, 2018
all great post ,a great way to address just the city and co.problems .thank you.but do vote .icant disene between th lesser of two evils anymore.the only person I sincerely vote for was gunderson .any one ive taled with lways said he was fair and cared about ashland .he only way thigswllchag here is I an entirely different set of people in numbers all run and win at the same time .then the first ordinance should be enacted to do away with their pensions!that would be an indicator of their sincerity !mostly the same generations of people have run every thing in this city and become pension rich !its time to make a list of names nd money they have receive ,will receive !ay poitican ,feel free to give up your pension and or tells the tax payers what your pension receives !after all aren't you a...public servant....
Fed Up Ashland SUCKS

United States

#9 Jan 8, 2018
Anyone gonna bring up the fact Ashland was so keen to bring Brady industries here to help local businesses and bring more resident's. They said it would help financially and bring the housing market up. When in fact, NO one is moving here. All of the workers for Brady are buying in the Argiillite , Russel , Raceland area! Even Portsmouth , OH. NONE to ashland. Everyone I know is beyond fed up with lies city officials tell. They are spending the taxpayers $ on absolutely nothing but themselves. Don't even get me started on repeat water breaks, 29th St. It was scheduled for 3 months, now Matt Perkins says 8+ months. They are literally repaving near Jrs. to tear it up again and continue the "work" in the spring! Who TF starts construction of that sort in winter any d*** way? Ashland is rapidly going downhill thanks to officials talking but taking NO action. Would move far away but people aren't foolish enough to buy homes in Ashland. I guess all the citizens are stuck here. Bright past, "proud" future. Hmm. I don't see any future for this crap hole. I bet Brady industries will love when they go to hire workers and see 90% of them are druggies. Then they'll realize the massive mistake they made of picking Ashland to build a "million" dollar industry. Haha. I bet it won't last 5 years.
Their for 70 years

Florence, KY

#11 Jan 9, 2018
did you know the Bellefonte Blast Furnace was at corner of Blackburn Ave and Cactus Steet, plant manager house was at 3441 Blackburn Ave, that land is so contaminated, with heavy metals, you would be a FOOL to have a garden, or let your children play in yards
Their for 70 years

Florence, KY

#12 Jan 9, 2018
006 Seam, coal mine under those houses, gas explosions.
Their for 70 years

Florence, KY

#13 Jan 9, 2018
Home Inspection Team is owned by state of Kentucky, otherwise, you couldn't go to banks and get loans, they know ha coal mines all over Ashland, Planning and zoning knows, John Gambill, Knows, Mitch McConnell, Rand Paul, Mat Bevin all know, and they don't care about your lives, or your children.
Their for 70 years

Florence, KY

#14 Jan 9, 2018
Southside swimming pool, built over Tailing pond, both Chuck Hayes, Mont Hayes contaminated with heavy metal, remember Chuck Hayes, Granny Goodwitch, grew up their, autopsy done, he even had Uranium in blood, when casket and body gone, that chemical will still be in ground for another billion years.

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