I came upon an old Sunday, July 23, 1995 issue of the Independent local newspaper. On the front page, lots of coverage devoted to a new earth-moving site in the county that intended to use coal ash in an industrial site while some locals fight it as a landfill. Today, of course, the newspaper devotes entire front pages to the Big Run Landfill, already built with its own rail spur, and the fight of locals against it.
Another front page story was the hope of a reprieve in new Clinton EPA regulations on the oil refineries, including the all-important local Ashland Oil, Inc. The EPA claimed some “statistics” that they claim tie refinery emissions to cancer. Heck, even today medical researchers strain to explain what causes cancer, and the EPA – witness Erin Brockovich – tried a cause and effect association to close companies, all of which later proved spurious. Still waiting on the Brockovich apology and maybe some $$ to the families who lost their jobs and had to move because of the phony science. Julia Roberts won the pop science debate and she got richer and more famous while the company and families got poorer and lost to history.
On an inside page [?] is an article on Saddam Hussein releasing thousands of inmates in an attempt to ease the sanctions imposed by the George H W Bush admin with a world coalition after Iraq invaded Kuwait. Catch this part of the AP post:
This month, Iraq turned over details of its secret biological weapons program after denying for four years that it could make such weapons. On Thursday, Iraq began destroying machines that UN experts said could be used to make components for ballistic missiles, banned under the terms of the 1991 Gulf War Cease Fire.
A political cartoon on the editorial page depicted the Congressional GOP as milking the Whitewater scandal of Hillary Clinton.
A short opinion piece noted the return of the Muppets to prime-time television after a 14-year absence, remarking that the innocent fun of the puppets was good news indeed. Not so innocent or fun on the 2015 return, I’m afraid.
Some sad changes. The paper was full of ads from “One of Kentucky’s Great Stores” Parsons , Stars, Bank of Ashland, Bazaar Home Fashions, Circuit City, and the schedule for the upcoming July 4th Huntington share of the Tri-State Regatta, all gone. All those stores gone, Ashland Oil was bought by Marathon Petroleum and moved the HQ to Ohio and sold off other subsidiaries, leaving only the refinery and marine divisions here. The Ironton and Huntington part of the Tri-State Regatta pretty much went belly up, with only the Ashland part remaining strong. It may be coincidental, but the Ashland part was the most family-oriented, the only part that banned alcohol.