March 30, 2012 —
Since 1997, the landscape of southern and eastern Kentucky has transformed and I’m not referring to construction projects or natural changes. Every April, for the last 14 years, thousands of people have walked the hillsides, roadways and streams across the region to remove hundreds of thousands of pieces of litter and ultimately restore pride in the mountains.
The late General James Bickford, the former Secretary of the Kentucky Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Cabinet, and I launched the Eastern Kentucky PRIDE organization to cleanup and protect our environment, educate future generations, and to bring clean water and sanitary sewer to people living in the rural, most impoverished parts of our great Commonwealth. Never did we dream in the mid-nineties, that some 360,000 people would dedicate 1.2 million hours to take “Personal Responsibility In a Desirable Environment (PRIDE)” and truly transform our hometowns.
PRIDE volunteers are gearing up for another record-breaking year, giving us something to truly celebrate during the 15th Anniversary PRIDE Spring Cleanup throughout the month of April. This year, volunteers will be wearing t-shirts touting the theme of PRIDE’s milestone, “Saving our World, One Cleanup at a Time.” As a volunteer, you may only have time to collect a few bags of trash or find one or two old tires, but together, the impact we make is much greater. PRIDE volunteers have removed nearly one million old tires, some 200,000 old appliances and hundreds of thousands of bags of trash. Local officials have also used heavy equipment to help cleanup nearly 3,000 major illegal dumpsites spanning dozens of acres of land.
I invite you to be a part of the team and help us celebrate the 15th Anniversary of the PRIDE Spring Cleanup this April. For more information on how to organize a cleanup and get the supplies you need, call the PRIDE office toll free at 888-577-4339 or visit www.kypride.org.
Member of Congress
March 30, 2012 —
- Letters to the Editor
Remember civil rights march
Wednesday, March 5, 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s March on Frankfort. The Kentucky Commission on Human Rights and other members of the Allied Organizations for Civil Rights are sponsoring this event.
Support KET during March Telefund
I am a volunteer at KET, Kentucky’s statewide public television system. I volunteer my time there because for years my family and I have enjoyed the diverse, wonderful programming and services KET provides, and I want to take part in passing those things on to others in my community.
Thanks to county workers
My family and I would like to thank the Rowan County Road Department and magistrate Harry Clark for the fine job they did this cold, snowy winter of keeping our road clear.
Thanks for supporting FCA fundraiser
I wanted to express my deep appreciation for everyone in the community who helped with the Farmers Christian Academy soup bean dinner and auction. It was an overwhelming success thanks to everyone’s help.
Legion did outstanding honor
I want to take a few moments to thank the American Legion Post 126 and especially the Honor Guard they provided for my father/father-in-law John Burns' funeral on Jan. 25.
Dr. King would call abortion unjust
Next Monday, Jan. 20, we pause to reflect upon the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. King was a man who fought tirelessly to the day of his death to right the wrongs of our racially segregated society and raise the banner of justice in a just and moral cause.
Salvation Army says thank you
The Rowan County Salvation Army was humbled again this year with the annual outpouring of support for our bell ringing campaign.
Straight talk about health care reform
Let’s do some straight talking about the current situation in health care reform and cut thru the misleading rhetoric on all sides. Two elementary problems exist. The first difficulty is that a sizable portion of us have no health insurance. Most estimates of that number are in the range of 50 million.
A realization of good will
I recently had the pleasure of spending a Saturday afternoon ringing the bell for the Salvation Army. Being raised by great parents who made it clear that doing volunteer work was good for me and my community, I learned early how to give to others who don't have enough.
Many remembered reason for the season
It was Christmas Day as I was traveling to join my children for a Christmas meal. Words cannot express the joy and peace I felt as I went by homes where families were gathered celebrating Jesus’ birth.
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