Save money; make driving safety optional
Everybody is trying to cut costs these days, and everybody is trying to get the best deal they can.
I have a suggestion for lowering the cost of vehicles. Make the turn signal optional. There is no need to build, install or charge for an unnecessary appendage to your vehicle. The intended use is apparently not part of the mind-set of many drivers, so let's just give the option of having them. Save the money.
Let's also get rid of stop signs. It's an expense for the taxpayers that is wasted. Let's all just breeze through places where those inconvenient stop signs used to be. Or just paint over them with a diagonal line running through the word "stop."
Let's forget about those pesky safety issues. Instead, make a commitment to free-for-all driving. Many have already committed and have put it into action.
Sadly, I'm afraid there's nothing we can do about hospital or funeral home expenses.
Paul on wages
Is this right? I saw this video at Hillbilly Report that shows Dr. Rand Paul, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, claiming wages are too high and need to fall. Does Paul really think Kentuckians are making too much money?
We've already seen that he wants to repeal the Americans with Disabilities Act, doesn't think the government should force coal companies to run safe mines, doesn't believe in price supports for agriculture, safety inspections for food — and until he flip-flopped — thought businesses should be able to discriminate against customers based on race. Now, we see that he thinks wages are too high.
Good thing voters have a good alternative in Democratic Attorney General Jack Conway who will make an excellent U.S. senator.
It is a terrible thing when newspapers charge a family an enormous rate for placing an obituary of their loved one. This is a time of grieving and enormous cost, and it just seems like a newspaper has some obligation to its readers to help families get this type of news out.
Charging enormous rates for this kind of service seems like a slap in the face, especially when you have been a longtime subscriber and this is the only paper in town and the only means by which a large number of people can be informed.
Listen, read, learn
Constituents in Lexington might consider determining which (if any) of the mayoral candidates are the best by listening to what they have to say. By doing that, you would have to actually decide if they are indeed saying anything.
Another method for deciding if either candidate qualifies is to watch for what they're not saying. Once you get beyond the rhetoric and the various and sundry words and phrases of the day, what are they actually saying?
If their thoughts and opinions are in print, actually go through their comments and mark out the fluff. See what's left. Then ponder what remains to determine what character that individual has.
We have to look under the rock — not just what's sitting on top.
Yearning for oldies
Whatever happened to the oldies stations in Lexington?
I remember when Oldies 103.3-FM played songs from the '50s and early '60s. It had a show called The Friday Night '50s. It moved to 102.5-FM. Then, it changed format and the oldies went to 105.5-FM. However, it soon changed its format, too, and the so-called oldies station now plays 1980s music.
I remember when 105.1-FM played great music from the '50s and had a Sunday night show dedicated to street corner harmony.
Why are my oldies stations playing Billy Joel seven times a day? I mean, how many times do we have to hear Piano Man anyway? The closest we have now is 1150-AM, and it is impossible to pick up.
Can Lexington get a 1950s station back, please?
Plugging the leak
The mess in the Gulf of Mexico could have been stopped in its tracks, according to a Boeing engineer and FAA inspector seated beside me on a flight recently. He was told by his relative, an oil field engineer in Alaska who was recently sent to Louisiana, the crisis could have ended early with an explosive charge placed in the hole by a minisub. The resulting cave-in stops the flow. Apparently, this is a proven technology that has already been used in similar leaks.
And the reason given for not using it? The site that the method is used on cannot be reopened.
The all-powerful energy cartel has, since Day One, shown a reluctance for its products to be replaced, or the consumption of them to be reduced, by superior energy technologies. If they knew how to deal with this disaster, it is another example of them putting profit ahead of environmental protection.
Shame on us.
Give us justice
I am deeply saddened to hear the Kentucky court system is to suffer deep budget cuts, and that many useful and efficient court functions are to be reduced or eliminated.
Government exists to do three things: The government should make sure that even the poor have reasonable access to medical care, reasonable access to education and equal access to justice.
Without these supports, society falls to pieces. If I am poor, I may put up with the fact that I cannot afford a doctor; I can live a quiet life and trust my health to God. I can even put up with the fact that I cannot afford a good college education for my children for, if they only learn to read and write properly, they can educate themselves.
But if there are not enough courts for a poor man to get a fair hearing before a judge, and there are not now, my citizenship is only worth what I can pay for it.
Rich people tell me to go to the emergency room, not knowing its rules have changed and it could bankrupt me forever in one night. They tell me to send my children to cheap colleges, not knowing you can graduate from a university now barely able to read.
Where do they now tell me to go for justice?