It takes the prize as the worst road in the nation
As I dodge around or slam into yet another pothole with my truck, motorcycle, auto or scooter, my hopes are that someday soon, a major TV network, the AAA or other motorist organization will conduct a nationwide contest to discover the worse state-maintained highway in America. The grand prize winner would receive a safe, smooth road that is fit to drive on.
I absolutely have the winner.
The 51/2-mile Ky. 1043 (the so-called East Tygart and Little Rocky road located in western Greenup County) will win going away. An estimated (my estimate) 1,000 potholes adorn this stretch of former cow path, most of them occurring in the middle of the narrow ribbon of asphalt.
This obstacle course causes drivers to straddle the middle line (if there is a middle line), creating head-on collision possibilities to the unsuspecting any time of day or night. Already pathetically narrow with foot-deep berms and no shoulders, the endless array of gouged out holes is so bad it keeps families from visiting.
"The road is too bad, I won't ask our grandkids to drive out and see us," one disgruntled grandma told me recently.
There is no excuse for allowing a state-maintained highway to deteriorate to this condition. And it's not because of the economy. The road has been in terrible condition for years
Raise taxes on rich
A Tea Partier made a few factual errors in a recent letter.
He said our government debt has quadrupled in the last year, and that is false. The projected deficit when President George W. Bush left office was $1.3 trillion dollars. Today, the deficit is $1.7 trillion.
He talked about a housing bubble while lauding gold as an investment? Gold is simply the latest soap bubble that has yet to pop. We saw the same dramatic increase in housing prices and stock prices before they collapsed.
These "boom and bust" moneymaking schemes should be familiar to us all by now.
He claimed Ronald Reagan cut taxes and "triggered a 25 year economic expansion." That is also false. Reagan expanded the national debt and made deficits a permanent part of our budget. When Bill Clinton came into office the country was mired in a recession, so Reagan's "economic expansion" did not last.
Clinton fixed the economy and created the best economy in history — by raising taxes on the rich and cutting military spending. Clinton submitted 3 balanced budgets to congress. No Republican has submitted a balanced budget in the last 25 years.
History has shown that when you cut taxes on the rich, you increase the deficit — as Reagan and Bush did. When you raise taxes on the rich, you get balanced budgets like Clinton had.
I've had enough of the crazy Tea Partiers and their lies. They are an anti-tax protest group at a time when taxes are at the lowest point in the modern era.
No MVP now
I believe it is time to stop calling Bud Mackey "Sweet 16 MVP" or "Sweet 16 standout." With all of his troubles outlined in a recent article, the breaks he's been given, he's done it again. Three criminal arrests since he was MVP.
I don't think this is the type of role model we would like to be reminded of when we see Sweet 16 MVP.
Jane Duncan Murray
On behalf of Kentucky's small business community, I thank Gov. Steve Beshear for taking such a common-sense approach to resolving the state's budget crisis.
I especially thank him for coming out with a budget that doesn't call for a tax increase and focuses cuts away from essential services.
I believe it would be a big mistake to jack up taxes in order to keep funding state programs at the same level. The governor understands our families and small businesses, the bedrock of our economy, can't afford a tax increase when the state is still trying to recover from the worst recession since the Great Depression.
Small business owners have managed to live within their means during this recession. We commend the governor for asking the legislature to do the same.
State director, National Federation of Independent Business/Kentucky
Kentucky's war tab
I read with interest a commentary by New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristoff regarding a number of terrorists threatening the United States who have ties with Pakistan.
Kristoff wrote, "One answer, I think, is that Pakistan's American-backed military leader of the 1970s and 1980s, Gen. Mohammad Zia ul-Haq, drove the country off course, seeking to use fundamentalism as a way to buttress the regime. Instead of investing in education and infrastructure, he invested in religious sanctimony. The public education system, in particular, is a catastrophe."
I began thinking about our war in Pakistan's neighbor, Afghanistan, and noted that, according to the National Priorities Project taxpayers in Kentucky will pay $2.3 billion for total war spending there since 2001. For this amount of money, Kentucky could have provided nearly 40,000 music and arts teachers for one year or 283,000 scholarships for university students for one year or Pell Grants of $5,550 to 415,000 students, or 346,000 Head Start places for children for one year or 44,000 elementary school teachers for one year.
I did note that the Bible literacy bill introduced in the 2010 General Assembly did not make it through that body and was relieved.
Anne G. Woodhead
Barred from voting
When I went to the polls last month, I was shocked that I had no vote for the Fayette County property valuation administrator. Just because the people running for this office are Democrats?
This is flat out wrong in so many ways; something has to be done to change this. How can someone tell me how much my property is worth when I have no say or vote as to who decides it?
And if someone gets voted into office that will "double dip" from the state, there should be no more crying over your taxes!
The last thing we need in the next election is to elect more pro-choice politicians to public office. Candidates who support abortion rights have seriously flawed thinking, and their heart is not in the right place when it comes to the worth and value of every human life.
Candidates running for office who defend the sanctity of human life have earned both my admiration and my vote. The message to pro-life voters this year couldn't be clearer. It's time for a change in leadership at both federal and state levels.
There is only one way to achieve that goal — consider how your vote will affect a change in Democratic leadership, which is absolutely necessary to limit the damage of Obamacare and to pass any pro-life legislation in Kentucky.
To aid voters in selecting pro-life candidates, the Kentucky Right to Life Association has listed on its Web site their endorsements of every 100 percent pro-life candidate running for local, state and national office. Pro-life voters — this is our time to change things for the better.