Dix Dam needs underwater inspection
Jeff Fraley, who manages Dix Dam at Herrington Lake, is concerned that flood gates might have to be opened to maintain safe water levels in the lake.
As he well knows, the real problem with the dam might exist 187 feet below its top, in the lower regions of the dam face. For some reason, the Kentucky Division of Water has refused to require the owner of the dam to inspect the lower 100 feet of the dam face, much to Fraley's satisfaction.
Fraley and the new owner of the dam, PPL Corp., which bought Kentucky Utilities last year, are ignoring what could be the worst natural disaster in Kentucky history and the worst dam disaster on record in the United States by continuing to ignore the condition of the lower dam face.
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It is their moral obligation to provide those downstream with accurate and complete assurance that the dam is safe. Why won't Sandy Gruzesky, the director of the Kentucky Division of Water, require it?
Taxes lead to mess
The latest talking point from the left is that we need to raise taxes. It's amazing they totally ignore that they have taxed and spent us into the mess we're in now, refusing to return the budget to the level of only two years ago. No, they want more of our money, and now it's disguised as "tax the rich."
First, does anybody believe they will stop there? Once the Democrats get a foot in the door, they will raise taxes on everyone.
Second, those who help them spread the message are leaving out an incredibly important segment of the so-called "rich," and that's small business.
Many small businesses will have their taxes raised because they are considered part of the group that makes over $250,000. This is not even net income, but gross proceeds, which is before paying for operating costs including the paychecks of those folks who have jobs because of small businesses.
The Democrats and their allies in the media won't tell you this part because any reasonable person, given the whole truth, would see through their scam. But that's how they roll.
Republicans want you to have the opportunity to succeed by your own merits and will clear the way for that to happen. Who has to hide the truth from you and who wants you to have the thing most important of all — a sense of accomplishment and the feeling of a job well done? Lexington and Kentucky need more Republicans in Frankfort and Washington.
No offense to the "Wildcat," but University of Kentucky football needs an inspiring live animal mascot like "War Eagle."
Coach Paul Bryant left the curse of the "Bear" because of the commonwealth's first love, basketball. The "UGA" truth is that we will never win the Southeastern Conference until we pay our respect to the "Bear" by giving the football program a unique living symbol. A live bobcat would surprise "Smokey" but PETA might object.
Before Joker "Ralphie(s) the Buffalo" on this idea, think of the excitement that the "Sooner Schooner" or "Bevo the Longhorn" brings at game time.
Can we at least have a home-game horse show up to inspire the team? I hear that Zenyatta is in town and she loves a crowd.
I don't understand why the school system tries so hard to enforce dress codes on little children. They are just kids.
When they came up with this dress code, did they think of the parents who barely had the money to buy regular clothes?
If you want a dress code, why not make one for high school students? They're who really need it. Have you ever been in some of these high schools and seen the things they wear?
Leave the children alone. Go after the older ones.
Rupp's gold enough
The University of Kentucky in the last few months has gone from having one of the best basketball arenas in the United States to its being not up to standard for the players, fans, etc.
How things change in two years. In 2007-08, we could not afford a new arena.
UK Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart, Coach John Calipari and others should be up front and tell the people of Kentucky the facts. What is wrong with Rupp Arena?
Don't keep stating everything that is about basketball has to be "gold standard." Who has an arena that holds more and has bigger average attendance?
The average fan is already having a hard time coming up with the cost of tickets for a family to enjoy a game. Not too many people can afford to pay $15,000 for season tickets.
Read your sports reviews and magazines. We already have a new name, University of O.D. — One and Done. I guess that comes with wanting talent and not worrying about experienced ball players. It has not worked the last two years.
We have a lot of areas in our state that are not gold standard — roads, schools and a state government that has to borrow off next year's budget.
The most outrageous need is to have money to pay our college teachers and state workers who have not had a raise in salary for years. That's not gold standard, either.
If they want all things about basketball to be gold standard, let the athletics department pay for it.
When 1 built my house in 1972-73 in Morehead, I signed a contract with Kentucky Utilities that if I would make the house all-electric, I would never have to pay more than $50 a month for electricity.
The first year I got back $11.47 in overpayment. Two years later they dropped the contract, and I paid my bill monthly with no payback.
My bill was seldom more than $100 per month.
Then when the leaders of our government let foreigners buy Kentucky Utilities, my electric bill steadily rose every month. Now my electric bill reaches more than $400 a month.
This is only one example of the taxpayers of the United States being sold out. How far are U.S. taxpayers — in days, months or years — behind the people of North Africa and vicinity if this stealing the bread right out of our grandchildren's mouths continues?
It sure would be nice if someone would repair the parking lots at the Kroger shopping center on Bryan Station Road.
Just after you come in off Bryan Station, you almost have to stop and crawl over the rough spots.