Neighborhood streets need some plowing
Several days after the recent snow and ice, the main roads were dry as a bone but subdivision roads looked like Antarctica.
My neighborhood streets were covered with very thick patches of ice that made it treacherous to walk from the street to a house. I spent time putting salt on the street in front of my house in hopes of melting at least some of the ice.
We all understand the priority for main roads. However, it is very frustrating to have to contend with thick ice for so long after the weather event.
This is especially so when even one lane scraped or salted by a snowplow would have been enough to dramatically speed up the clearing process.
That one lane would at least let us jump to a dry spot in the road when we attempted to walk from the street to a house.
If neighborhood streets get one lane cleared after the main roads are done, there will be some who complain about having only one lane cleared. They would be idiots. City officials need to realize this.
Most of us are reasonable and would appreciate just the one clear lane, especially when there is ice. Realistically, one lane is probably all that could be done promptly.
However, the gain in safety and convenience would well justify the expense and effort.
William E. Doyle
Fayette County Schools officials think, if enrollment goes up another thousand next year, it could be a real problem. They state, "We may have to put up portable classrooms or rent other space." No problem. Rent the Julia R. Ewan Elementary School they renovated and sold for pennies on the dollar.
Enough of Vick
The work of the devil gets more air time than that of all the angels combined. How soon we have forgotten the cruel, despicable actions of NFL player Michael Vick.
The sports world is totally obsessed with his on-the-field performances only. Thankfully, some of us have not forgotten nor forgiven Vick for his dogfighting.
I'm sure humane societies across the United States and members of the Humane Society of the United States have not, nor will they.
If this is how we view sports in our society, then Osama bin Laden (given he could drain a three) would no doubt be in the NBA.
Unfair to Hartline
Two sportswriters wrote that former University of Kentucky quarterback Mike Hartline made a mistake. If they had used the word "sinned," he would be playing in a bowl game. Since we live in the Bible belt and have over 300 churches in Fayette County, surely those in authority have heard of grace, forgiveness and a second chance.
Bob Russell wrote the following: "Years ago, while watching the Olympic games on television, I witnessed an outstanding gymnast perform a flawless routine on the parallel bars. Throughout the routine, the commentators expressed appreciation for the nearly perfect performance. But on her dismount, she stumbled and nearly fell on her face. She was not awarded a perfect score, but the judges still gave her high marks and she won the bronze medal. The judges, being fair, evaluated her overall performance and not the final mistake."
Some would suggest Hartline's suspension was necessary because athletes should set an example. I find it interesting that a mistake during a game is excused because they are young. If they are not mature, why is Hartline given the most severe penalty?
Do I think he should be punished? Yes. Let him sit in jail a few days, do community service or pay a fine. But to give him a career-ending punishment shows little or no respect, nor appreciation, for a nearly perfect career. I have gone to court numerous times with young people in my church who have disobeyed the law. The penalty for the first offense is not as harsh as a repeat offender.
Five years of devotion, sweat and a great college football season is forgotten. One mistake is not forgiven. "Bah, Humbug" to Coach Scrooge.
I suggest fans and influential University of Kentucky leaders remind Joker Phillips that everyone makes a mistake. Mike Hartline deserves to cap a great year with a bowl game. University of Kentucky President Lee T. Todd Jr. should help right this wrong.
My second subject is the mean, uncaring treatment of subscribers to the Herald-Leader. To throw our papers in the snow and ice tops all abuse of customers by any business in the history of our unusually friendly way of life. Gosh, I bet they save 10 seconds per snow toss.
Does anyone believe they care if someone is crippled for life? I sure don't think they care. I hope customers will flood the paper with calls of complaints.
I would like to ask where human rights come in for the American people when the Bourbon County sheriff's department can come into a private home and seize the property of a woman because her father, who has Alzheimer's, ran up a debt of $700 at the bank? She was no more responsible than you or I, but they took her family treasures and every penny she had.
It feels more like we live in Russia to me. This is not a free country, and we apparently don't have as many rights as we think. Watch out, people, or the next thing you know your property will be seized because an aunt, uncle or cousin owes someone a debt. And if they happen to have poor mental health, apparently it's your fault.
What if he had committed murder; would the daughter have been put on trial?
The bank that had this done should be ashamed. If I had money in that bank, it would have been withdrawn. I truly hope the bank's customers withdraw all their money and leave it high and dry — just the way the bank left this woman.
Thank the Democrats
If you have Social Security and Medicare and like them, you can thank Democrats.
The Democratic vision seeks to make society economically fairer by providing security to those people who need it. Basically, the Democrats represent the working class, while the Republicans represent the moneyed class.
Freedom and self-empowerment — Republican mantras — are easy words for the moneyed but are unrealistic for society as a whole. The Republican view has no sense of community and does not protect those people having a hard time just getting by. That is why we must have social programs; the rich don't need help. The Republicans want money and power, but for themselves alone.
Take health care. The Republicans did not offer a single workable program for the 40 million uninsured. They might like everyone to have health care, but they want everybody to pay for it — as rabid Rush Limbaugh said: "Why don't they just pay for it?"
Republicans do not want health care reform, since medicine is big, capitalistic and unregulated, and doctors generally are Republican. Republicans might be fine people to know, but they are inordinately selfish and have a win-lose attitude to fellow human beings. No human society will be without disparity in income, and only the Democratic vision of an economically just society will work. That is the role of government, and it should do what is necessary to manage that vision.
Keith A. Williams
U.S. debt ignored
Here we are on the brink again with Congress leaving Washington for a month or longer recess and no budget for the fiscal year, and the lawmakers having to pass a standby bill to keep the government running while they are out in the country seeking re-election. Well, we know now that a lot of them are not returning next month.
The merry-go-round has been spinning for many years, and every year it gets more favorable for Chinese than American passengers. But China is on shaky ground. It has possession of at least $1 trillion in U.S. IOUs. I would be nervous buying those; everyone knows the United States is broke.
The merry-go-round will cease turning when our government must keep borrowing to pay China's interest on worthless IOUs, and the borrowing well has gone dry.
As long as America's unemployed (because their jobs have been exported) keep taking unemployment checks and Social Security checks to Wal-Mart — where shelves are all full of everything made in China — the Chinese will continue flourishing.
I am quite sure the Tea Party movement's patriots would agree that when our government has no more resources to send out Social Security checks, Medicare health benefit checks and unemployment checks, there will be a revolution in this country before the people let their government send further interest payments on the debt to China.
David N. Young