Delivery change means less service but more to see
Thanks Herald-Leader, you've made my community much more interesting, particularly between the hours of 5 a.m. and 7 a.m.
During these hours, one finds a flurry of individuals, variously attired from flimsy to tantalizingly open — each darting, hopefully unseen down the driveway to get the morning paper.
It is the best "show" in town.
This is all presumably an unintended consequence of your recent decision to deliver the paper no closer to the house than the outer reaches of the driveway.
Would this make a good story for an unoccupied journalist? Little effort would be required to find worthy examples.
David I. Carter
Calling Mrs. Wilson
After intensive bickering over any and all issues, our Congress finally is listening to voters who are tired of the unruly childish behavior.
This is evident in the much-needed bipartisan cooperation on finance reform. Perhaps this was only accomplished because of the November elections now in limbo for the incumbents; nonetheless, it's a major step forward.
In the near future, it will be interesting to see where the debate over derivatives takes us.
The American people are not happy with the recent outrageous rants, name-calling and stalemate that have kept our government from functioning as designed. How do we change the system to prevent this? Some suggest voting out the incumbents.
May I suggest a solution that was instituted, quite effectively, by Mrs. Wilson, my seventh-grade teacher at Irvine Grade School.
Let's demand that segregated partisan seating in Congress be changed, just the way Mrs. Wilson did to keep order in her classroom.
This could be accomplished in a variety of ways, maybe even alphabetically. This would keep small talk and snide remarks to a minimum and offer an excellent opportunity for members of opposing parties to share ideas and learn from each other.
The alphabetical seating did not stop all of the ruckus in Mrs. Wilson's class, but her large hand-fashioned paddle with strategically aligned holes did.
Perhaps she still has it around and could send it up to Capitol Hill, or better yet go herself for a demonstration.
Ban driving, phones
I agree with a letter that cell phones should be banned for all drivers. Every time I look up, someone has a cell phone in one hand and the steering wheel in the other.
Over the last few years, I have observed young women get into their cars, start the engines, then open up a pop and light a cigarette. The next move is to dial cell phones. What hand is left for the steering wheel?
A neighbor told me the other day that his daughter asked him to buy her a stick-shift car. He told her that she didn't have enough hands to drive a stick shift. My wife says men do it, too.
What in the world is so important that people should have those things stuck to their ears all the time? And how in the world did we make it so long without them?
Willard Ashworth Jr.
Obama wrong on Israel
Why can't President Barack Obama's administration leave Israel alone? Israel is a sovereign nation. It has the right to build apartments or houses anywhere it pleases on land belonging to it.
Israel is a Jewish nation, not Palestinian. The land of Israel belongs to the Jewish people, not the Arab people. If the Arab nations surrounding Israel are so concerned for the Palestinians' well-being, then give up some of their land for their Arab brothers instead of expecting Israel to give up its land.
The Obama administration continues to champion a cause for a people who cheered and clapped with laughter when the World Trade Center Twin Towers were brought down on Sept. 11, 2001. It needs to back off and let Israel develop its land as any sovereign nation should.
Vet's health story
I know the health care law is controversial. I'm happy that it became law, but I'm not happy about everything in the measure. I do like the idea that you cannot be denied insurance for an existing condition or dropped because you get sick.
Someone said that "If you want health care, then you can work for it." That's a good idea, if you can work. What about the people who want to work but can't because they are disabled?
I'm a brain-injury survivor and I'm considered to have an existing condition because of my brain injury. I have trouble finding health insurance because I have an existing condition. When I do find insurance, the price of coverage is outrageous. It costs $600 or more a month, and that's just to cover me, not my family.
I'm a veteran, but the brain tumor stopped my military career after 17 years of service. I needed at least 20 years to retire. I can't currently get veterans' benefits because I did not retire. I have to wait about 20 more years to get those benefits.
Kudos to Thayer
In 2009, the Kentucky League of Cities and Kentucky Association of Counties were busted by the state auditor for wasting more than $3 million of tax money on activities including escort services, lavish salaries, exotic trips and much more.
The outrage was, and still is, so high that these groups' directors, Sylvia Lovely and Bob Arnold, resigned.
To prevent this type of taxpayer abuse from happening again, Sen. Damon Thayer, D-Georgetown, sponsored and won passage of a measure requiring these groups to comply with the open records laws.
That is, they now must show Kentuckians every dime they are spending and on what. Full disclosure to the public.
Kentuckians owe Thayer a huge thanks for his courage to fight and win big against a corrupt good-old-boy system that was arrogantly ripping us off for years. Thayer walks the walk and really does fight for the citizens of Kentucky.
Get facts straight
An April 2 letter writer wrote that "George W. Bush had the consent of Congress to invade Iraq after a belligerent dictator repeatedly thumbed his nose at inspectors, negotiators and UN advisors."
My recollection is that, although he was belligerent and obstructionist, Saddam Hussein did finally agree to let the inspectors into Iraq. We decided to invade anyway and I don't think we will ever really know why.
My worst fear is that we were too successful in Afghanistan in 2002, and then-Vice President Dick Cheney and his friends at Haliburton and Blackwater hadn't obtained enough data on the profit margins of outsourcing war.
The blood of the 100,000 Iraqi civilians who died is on all our hands, many times the number of innocent deaths in the Sept. 11 events. No weapons of mass destruction or facilities to produce them were found and, everyone agrees, Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11.
The letter writer also commented on the Bible's story of the Good Samaritan as an example of "non-governmental intrusion." Several passages in the Bible state that believers pooled their resources and helped those who "had need." Stronger than the trickle-down economics of the Good Samaritan, yes?