Let businesses ban those that hurt bottom line
Have you heard about the new trend in the restaurant business? It is the child-free zone.
It seems that eating establishments of certain flair have decided that kids are not welcome. For the most part, those shops that have banned children cite one reason: noise.
It is understandable that if your main customer base is leaving, then cut out the cancer before it kills the business. However, an article on Yahoo got me thinking about this trend and how it applies to other businesses.
The article discusses a lesbian couple at Dollywood. One of them wore a shirt that said, "Marriage is so gay." An employee asked her to turn her shirt inside out because it was offensive to other families at the park.
Of course, the couple immediately went public and filed a complaint.
One business says kids are a menace to their bottom line, the other says certain types of clothing produce the same result, yet Dollywood is immediately branded as an unfriendly environment for gay, lesbian and transgender people while restaurants are being heralded as making a good business move.
I am not against gays, kids or even heavily tattooed biker gangs running amok on a public golf course, but the hypocrisy of this matter is blatant.
All private businesses should be able to ban whatever elements of society they perceive to be a drain on revenue and not suffer the wrath of the public because of it.
Time to crack down
The Veterans Administration on Leestown Road just spent a lot of taxpayer money to install a beautiful new fence around the property; the old fence was in very bad shape and it was a nice change long overdue.
However, there was an accident and a car went through that fence, destroying a large section. The person who ran through the fence was at fault and was an undocumented worker employed by a horse racing track, cited for no driver's license and no insurance, and released to go on his merry way.
Taxpayers are getting another bill to repair the fence.
Now, I used "undocumented worker" instead of "illegal immigrant" since no one wants to accept the fact that is truly what they are. How much money will we continue to spend to cater to people who violated our laws by coming to this country without following the proper channels?
I respect Arizona and some other states that have taken this matter in hand and at least tried to alleviate some of the burden on the taxpayers.
This is not my law, this is a federal law, which seems to not be enforced by any federal agency. Come here if you want — just follow the proper procedures and you will be welcomed with open arms.
Praise for City Hall
I would like to compliment the Urban County government (specifically the assistants to council members Linda Gorton and Julian Beard, the city transportation department) and Lextran for their prompt action investigating a situation I contacted them about that I thought was potentially dangerous.
They looked at the situation within two days and took corrective action shortly thereafter. I was amazed and appreciative of how effectively the government was working.
Father gets help
On July 20, my 90-year-old father, Ivan Hurt, was at Long John Silver's on Versailles Road in Lexington. He was apparently overcome by the heat and fell.
After coming to his aid and helping him to his van, the restaurant staff noticed he was still there for two hours and they called paramedics to the scene. He is presently in the VA hospital after surgery for a broken hip.
My thanks go out to these kind people, and especially manager Marilyn Bryant. They most likely saved my dad's life. We are lucky to have this kind of people in our city.
Thieves in the night
If you live in the country, after you get up and go about your business, an army of pickups and trailers operated by salvage engineers, and recycling technicians, invade the countryside.
They remove any items from your property that they decide you no longer need or have a right to own.
These liberated items are sold to scrap yards with virtually no controls. These are the new pawn shops, and the lax way they are allowed to operate is promoting property crimes, trespassing and theft.
I propose that a digital image of all vehicles and items entering these facilities be made, and kept on file for an appropriate period to aid law enforcement in solving some of these property crimes. We've had enough. It's our turn to call the shots.
State Rep. Richard Henderson of Jeffersonville is pre-filing a bill for the 2012 regular session that will make it a felony if a parent or a guardian fails to report a child 12 or under missing within 12 hours.
I am sure he means well, but what negative consequences will be the result?
What if you are out camping and suddenly your child goes missing? Should you look for him, or immediately leave to go report him missing to protect yourself and your family from arrest?
What if you put your child to sleep at 8 p.m., go to bed yourself and then awake the next morning at 9 a.m. to find them missing?
Does the 12 hours start when the child went missing, or when the adult noticed them missing? How do you prove either situation? This bill means well, but it is a disaster waiting to happen.
Thomas D'Andrea Jr.
Too little on debt
It is not that we were late with our solution to the debt crisis; we did too little. Our solutions were shortsighted and ineffective in dealing with the massive debt.
Washington does not need more money, more taxes — no, the opposite; they are wasting what they have. Our AAA rating was never linked to the timeline. It was always related to how we deal with the problem.
Sens. Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell, House Speaker John Boehner and President Barack Obama are not serious players, and they have failed the American people.
None has shown the leadership to throw aside self interests. If anything, they have shown they are the talking heads for Washington insiders and are completely unable to cut spending.
Can you imagine the same process occurring at your home, when dealing with your own budget? There is nothing to cheer about here. Conservative Democrats are frustrated, too. So this is easy. Washington does not need to compromise. It needs to surrender to the will of the people who are waiting for a solution to the spending.
Remember that next time and, while you're at it, call McConnell, Rep. Ed Whitfield and others and let them know that time is running out. Not for us, but for them.