Ban beer sales at gas stations to reduce DUIs
The No. 1 cause of car accidents (fatal, serious or otherwise) is alcohol consumption by one or both drivers.
Yet for reasons I cannot understand, drivers can pull off our main interstates in Kentucky, as well as state roads and local byways, and buy cold beer while they fill up their vehicles with gas.
Do our local council members and state legislators in Frankfort not see how many lives they can save by banning such sales?
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To emphasize my point, I was following a driver whom I could tell by his erratic, high-speed driving was already quite intoxicated on something when he stopped at a convenience store off of Interstate 75 to buy a cold 12-pack of beer and $5 in gas.
Afterwards, I followed him on my way home to Lexington as he swerved in and out of every lane at a high rate of speed.
I called 911 to try to get state or local police to intercept him before he killed someone or himself.
But by the time he got off at the Richmond exit, he had disappeared in a cluster of apartments. Whom has he killed or maimed since?
Please contact state and local legislators to insist on making roads safer from drunken drivers and to put such people behind bars for days so they might realize that innocent men, women and children are being put at peril because of their actions.
Darrell G. Gross
If I ran the zoo...
Recently, one of my friends told me "If you are looking for a good candidate for office, go look in the mirror." So I tried to put myself in the place of a politician and here's what I came up with.
First, term limits. I don't think any public office should be a career, but rather a position of service. Career politicians tend to collect dust (and our money).
That way, you don't run for office with a plan of how you are going to stay in power. You realize that after your term is up, you will have to, in the words of Rand Paul, "come home and live under the laws you make."
I know that view just lost me the vote of every elected official in the state, but that's just how I see it.
If elected, my first priority would be jobs. Not securing jobs for those who contributed to my campaign, but rather creating a job-friendly environment so that anyone who is able to work has work.
I would be opposed to giving huge tax breaks to large manufacturers. That just lost me the vote of my bosses in Georgetown, but that's just how I see it. I would rather loosen the regulations on small businesses and help owners realize their American Dream.
In fact, most of my time would be spent repealing a lot of the unfair and unconstitutional legislation that is stealing our dreams.
Now that is a big job.
A scary question
I believe any studious citizen of the world would need to ask this question about climate change: In the future, is there any amount or type of new data on the climate that would make the current scientific consensus change to conclude that the Earth is actually not warming and maybe even cooling?
Decades ago, an article in Newsweek warned of an impending ice age, but apparently newer data or better methods between then and now made climate science arrive at a new conclusion: global warming.
I hope the answer to my question is "yes," but why do I get the sinking feeling it's "no?"
Chandler falls short
I'm in need of some clarification concerning Ben Chandler, our U.S. representative. It isn't clear to me whom, or what, he is representing. It certainly isn't me or other Democrats who voted him into office. It certainly isn't his party, who placed its trust in him to carry forth its ideals.
It certainly isn't the citizens of Kentucky, who need strong and compassionate leadership if for nothing else than to counteract the embarrassment of having Sen. Mitch McConnell as the face and conscience of Kentucky.
At another time in history, when we needed a man with strength and character, one who would do the morally right thing, even when it was not socially or politically acceptable, one man recognized his responsibility and changed this country. In that moment he became a hero.
We needed a man like Happy Chandler, the man who took the bold step of supporting the integration of Major League Baseball, but I'm sorry to say it is apparent that his grandson has not lived up to that legacy and has failed to recognize his own responsibility for those less fortunate than, and as deserving as, himself.
He will not have my vote again, nor, I would think, the votes of many others who watched him adeptly avoid political risk and fallout to facilitate his re-election.
If that is to occur, let's hope it's for that party with whom he has already aligned and for whom he repeatedly misspent the vote we gave him.
Mark A. Thompson
Lexington has its own soulless American corporation. What began as IBM, an icon of corporate citizenship in our community, has sunk to the level of today's Lexmark.
In my own experience, the people who loaned me money to buy a house here only two years ago believed my ability to gain employment at Lexmark made me a good bet. But my contract was terminated by Lexmark last August. Company officials said it was because of the economy, but here are what I think are the real reasons.
The company has failed to innovate. The corporate culture is still rooted in manufacturing, but its products are increasingly distinguished in the marketplace by the software that runs them. And software is not manufactured. Software is engineered — at least it should be.
Yet Lexmark follows no cogent software engineering process. Only in this last year has the company realized it needs something other than ad hoc development.
Its human resources are structured in an archaic, top-down management style. Hiring, promotion and firing decisions are now almost entirely determined by favoritism and cronyism.
The trouble with this policy is that Lexmark is reinforcing an unimaginative corporate culture with a framework of "yes" men and women. It deserves to fail.
Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell would have us believe that the health care legislation before the U.S. Senate represents a "train wreck of historic proportions."
McConnell wouldn't know a train wreck if he were in the middle of one. Indeed, the only train wreck I see is the one that he and his close-minded, mean-spirited, lying colleagues have made of the Republican Party.
Robert Emmett Curran