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 —
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- Support KET for best Kentucky programs I have been a volunteer at KET, Kentucky’s statewide public television system, since 2011. 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.
Give more thought to pets’ needs during winter
As winter approaches my thoughts often turn to the chained and penned dogs. Many of these dogs live 24/7 without even basic comfort.
D.O.V.E.S., Homeless Coalition fundraiser a success
D.O.V.E.S. of Gateway and the Gateway Homeless Shelter would like to extend a sincere thank you to everyone who helped make our 4th Annual “A Place to Call Home” Pig Roast and Live and Silent Auction a success!
Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness this month
November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness month, and we kicked it off once again with a 5K walk/run on Nov. 2 at the Center for Health Education and Research to raise awareness and support for the Alzheimer’s Association.
Thanks for supporting railroad museum
Our sincere thanks to all who donated and worked at our street corner fundraiser last Saturday.
Honor the sacrifice of veterans
The Constitution of the United States of America, the document that is the supreme law of the land, has granted us freedom of speech, religion, and the right to bear arms.
Unrestrained dogs bother neighbors
I’d like to publicly address the problem of dogs at large in Morehead. I’m of two minds on the subject. On the one hand, I generally like dogs and am distressed to see dogs that are constantly chained or restrained and ignored.
Ways to honor veterans
Honor the veterans. Why the veterans? Why not the veterans? What other group of people, both men and women, have done more to help preserve freedom, not only in America, but also around the world?
Letter writer was confused
In reply to the letter to the editor in the Friday, Oct. 11, 2013 issue of the paper concerning the shutdown: The writer seems to be confused. The Republicans, not President Obama, caused the shutdown.
Kentucky should go smoke-free
As a nurse, I urge state lawmakers to enact a smoke-free law, which would greatly benefit the health of our state. Secondhand smoke is a proven cause of death and disease in nonsmokers.
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