Trucking safety must be key issue in Kentucky races
As a Nashville native who came to Lexington seven years ago to attend school, I've spent hundreds of hours traveling through the state on Interstate 65.
Sadly, I would need dozens of extra fingers and toes to count the times I've witnessed reckless truck drivers putting my life and the lives of others in danger.
I have literally been run off the road more than once by these dangerous scofflaws. Not that we needed it, but the March accident that killed 11 people serves as a sobering reminder of a serious issue.
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The Herald-Leader commended the American Trucking Association for its candor about the trucking company involved and condemned the federal government's lack of oversight on the issue.
While both sentiments are well-founded, I also see this problem as an excellent one for our ever-present state political candidates to take on in the months leading up to November's election.
As one of the several states on the I-65 corridor, Kentucky and its citizens are victims of these irresponsible trucking companies, which apparently have free rein to shirk their industry's standards. As we well know, the consequences are grave.
I urge those asking for our votes to help our state become a leader in this desperate fight.
Get the facts
It is still unknown whether the Obama administration will grow the largest deficits in a four-year period, but at this point we know that honor belongs to former President George W. Bush's administration.
Before the attacks of Sept. 11, Bush's priorities seemed to be centered around stem-cell research and illegal immigrants. That administration still managed to start two wars, cut taxes on the wealthy and erase a budget surplus left to them by the prior administration.
Democrats did manage to stop the Bush administration from gambling away the Social Security fund in the stock market.
Bush administration officials condoned torture and illegal surveillance and changed the game so that their rich friends could get richer.
My question is for the so-called fiscal conservatives and "I-want-my-country-back" crowd: Where were you? The only time you took to the streets was to re-elect the most fiscally irresponsible administration in the history of our country.
I think those groups are ideological phonies. Truth be told, they probably don't like Democrats, liberals or minorities very much.
Nazi Germany was built, not on socialism, but on misinformation and a sense of nationalism that preyed on the need of the people to "get their country back."
Turn off Fox; its not news. Stop listening to Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck.
We are all Americans and in this together. We will survive or fail together, not as parties. Get the facts. Stop leaving the most important decisions in our country's history to the opinions of propagandists.
Why my tax dollars?
I'm sorry the horse industry is having a hard time. But why do people who price themselves out of the market want my tax money to bail themselves out?
This isn't just the horse industry; the automakers did the same thing.
I do not have a problem with gambling in Kentucky, though I will never support it being only at tracks. That is about as unfair as it can get.
Change not easy
To experience shock and outrage every time the government grows in power or passes another bill is irrational in itself. It would be the equivalent of being appalled to see a lifelong smoker grab for a cigarette.
As I have browsed through the opinion sections of local newspapers during the past months, I have seen many writers crying out for smaller government, cries made for literally decades.
Even with the best efforts of small-government activists, the state has grown by leaps and bounds and continues to grow to this day.
When will we realize that we are chasing a unicorn? What a utopia the world would be if making it a better place was as simple as scribbling on a ballot or shouting on the side of busy intersections.
The following is a test for all of the small-government activists who want to change the federal government: If they truly do have the power to turn the world's largest and most out-of-control government into the exact opposite of what it is, a small and limited state, then surely turning a local group against itself would be easy.
To test this theory, these activists need to infiltrate the Ku Klux Klan and turn it into a loving and diversity-driven group or make a local street gang into a charity organization.
If they can't do this, then they need to stop talking about changing the size of the federal government.
I have never read more ridiculous and irrational writing than that of columnist Leonard Pitts Jr. in the April 10 Herald-Leader ("Killing in the name of a weak God").
Pitts equates the nut jobs from Timothy McVeigh to the crazies of the Michigan militia Hutaree with true followers of Jesus — the same Jesus he more accurately portrays near the end of his rant, contradicting everything he said up to that point.
The "love-your-enemies" Jesus is the one I follow, and almost everyone I know who follows him is more like that than the extreme aberrations Pitts starts out using as examples of "Christians."
At the risk of judging others, I assert that these folks are not Christians at all (quoting the "by-their-fruits-you-shall-know-them" Jesus.)
In fact, this "weak God" Jesus is the one who prayed for his murderers. This Jesus needs no fake Christian death squads killing in his name. I pray that Pitts will come to know Jesus as I have — he will take away all your hate, forgive all your sins, pour his love into your heart and give you the ability to discern a fake Christian from a real one.
Costly three seconds
I have a message for the driver turning off Richmond Road onto New Circle Road's inner loop one morning last month.
Remember me — I'm the biker you cut off. I know you saw me. I was in the bike lane, with the green light. I had to lock up my brakes to stay out of your passenger seat. You were looking right at me when my eyes got big and I said something under my breath.
I remember the dirty look you gave me for not yielding to your car, so you could save three seconds. I know it was three seconds because the only other car in my direction passed me three seconds after you cut me off.
You didn't need to worry about me. I was wearing my helmet. I have health insurance. If you had killed me, life insurance would have taken care of my family. However, as a courtesy, I feel like I should warn you that you can't even imagine the hell your life would have become if you had hit me.
I ride five to 10 miles a day in the bike lane, in the gutter, as fast as my stubby, little legs can carry me. I try really hard to obey the traffic laws, I dress to be visible and I try not to hamper the bigger, faster vehicles around me. Any time you want to beat me out on the highway, you will win.
Think about how expensive those three seconds could have been.
Trydon St. Clair