Floating bike lanes downtown are proving confusing
I drive Vine Street every weekday on the way to my office at the corner of Upper and Vine. Since the installation of the floating bicycle lanes I have witnessed a serious ongoing problem.
A lot of drivers apparently don't know what the new lane designation means and the signs certainly do not make it clear.
Almost every day, someone will drive down Vine Street in the floating bike lane, passing cars on their left and then turning right from the lane onto Upper during the time the floating lane is designated as between parked cars to the right and the traffic in the second (middle right) lane.
Adding to the danger is the fact that the majority of downtown drivers haven't yet realized the city has now posted "no right on red" signs at almost every intersection downtown (including Vine and Upper).
I invite you to try to drive down Vine Street at various times of the day. It is a very dangerous situation that needs to be regularly patrolled before someone is seriously injured, or worse.
Our first time at an equestrian event, other than horse racing, happened to be as volunteers for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. We were very impressed — not only with the way the Games were run, but also with the people who attended.
We worked as ushers for both dressage and jumping. The spectators were extremely polite and considerate. They applauded with enthusiasm, not only for their country's competitors but for all of the contestants. They waited to take their seats until a competitor finished. They remained quiet for the duration of each performance.
Imagine football fans waiting to take their seats until a play is completed. Or basketball spectators being still while a player shoots a free throw.
Equestrian fans display the best behavior we have ever witnessed at a sporting event. With 25,000 spectators in the stands, you could hear a pin drop during each competitor's turn. Our hats are off to the World Equestrian Games and to horse folk everywhere. You are the classiest of people.
Steve and Kathy Gale
All joined in prayer
I haven't heard this much talk about a Buddha since a horse named Buddha was injured just before he was going to run in the 2002 Kentucky Derby. I guess some people will worship or pray to just about anything or anyone.
As there are many religions and there may be many sects or denominations of a particular religion, ultimately most of us in one form or another worship and/or pray to whomever or whatever is operating, controlling, influencing and/or manipulating all life wherever it might be in the universe, no matter what it is called.
We just do it in different ways.
Some still have an inferior "My God is better than your God" point of view. A long time ago, one group of people would fight a war to prove their God was better. Some say we still do it.
I was appalled by the reference to "a room full of pointy-headed academics," which was quoted at the top of the front-page story in the Life + Arts section on Oct. 24.
In 38 years as a professor in academia, 35 at the University of Kentucky, I never encountered a single colleague with a pointy head, much less a room full of them.
I challenge your paper to produce one or apologize.
Nowadays, it is politically incorrect to write disparagingly of anyone, yet academics, indeed intellectuals, generally remain fair game. This comment implies that intellectual capability is a deformity.
Despite our illustrious founding fathers, this country has been plagued by an anti-intellectualism that continues to manifest itself in multiple ways.
This latest example, harmless per se, is a reminder of a larger problem.
Here in the "In God we trust" nation, it puzzles me why God can't influence Congress and government to stop behaving like bullying schoolchildren.
The politicians are accusing each other of cheating, lying, stupidity and ignorance, all while professing to follow Christian values.
Also, why would God let a poor nation like Haiti be destroyed, even though most of the people there are devout Christians?
Why did he create bacteria and viruses that are detrimental, even lethal to humans?
Why did he let humans multiply to 6.5 billion when our planet only can sustain far less, forcing innocent millions to starve and die?
Why did he let us use fossil fuels to destroy the environment he created?
Our religion maintains that God created man in his own image. The United States has about 1.5 million prisoners in jail. How can they represent God's image?
Finally, why doesn't God use His power to make all of us stop being greedy and selfish, and help the neediest among us?
Perhaps someone like columnist Paul Prather could give answers to these questions.
On the recent chilly Halloween night, our neighborhood had welcomed visitors bearing hot chocolate.
Their card had a quote from Mother Teresa: "Small things done with great love can change the world." This group represented Vineyard Community Church.
Having lived in the Eastland area for 40 years, I wish to extend a warm Christian welcome to our new neighbors.
Their first service will be Christmas Eve at the former Aldersgate Church building on Eastland Drive. What a wonderful addition to the area.
A story on the right-wing smearing of President Barack Obama ("Reports on cost of Obama's Asia trip are far from conservative," Nov. 6) with a narrative that a little critical thinking and 10 minutes of Googling would have shown to be ludicrous on its face?
Next thing you know you'll be telling us water is wet.