Seems police live under separate set of laws
According to your front-page article July 27, it is Lexington police policy not to issue a traffic citation in cases where a traffic violation results in a collision, injury or death.
Do they really expect us to believe that?
This has consistently been the case when the guilty party has been a Lexington police officer, though, and it has happened again now in the case of Officer Justin Rowland's injury of newlyweds Joe and Amy Snider.
The impunity with which Lexington police have caused injury and death in this community with their driving — this event recalls a spectacular collision some years ago near Turfland Mall, in particular — does little to improve the public's respect for an otherwise honorable organization.
Statements such as the one referenced above, attributed to police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts, are an insult to the intelligence and the sense of justice of the people of Lexington.
It's time for the Lexington police department to show some respect for the law.
Taxes up anyway
The airlines kept the same price of fares after that tax break the other day. So this makes the case that the big oil tax breaks are a waste.
Time for compromise, folks, otherwise we get a real big tax increase: oil prices are already going up, dollar goes down, interest rates go up, inflation kicks up with the ineptitude approach.
So, the very credit rating agencies which assigned AAA ratings to the Wall Street peddling of toxic, securitized mortgages — often with the same traders shorting those marvelous investment opportunities — had Uncle Sam under the gun and the American people subjected to a farcical political drama which ends, as it always has, with Congress bravely signing off on raising its own credit-card limits.
Nice work if you can get it.
I've often thought that if I were to be reincarnated I'd like to come back as a wealthy English spinster's house cat, but now I'd want to come back as a Goldman Sachs executive. Not only would I be pampered beyond belief, but nine lives would only be my first installment, with options for more, naturally.
By the way, has anyone seen Alan Greenspan lately? I heard he used to be considered something of a financial genius.
Maybe that great reporter, Andrea Mitchell, could get his take on America's financial meltdown, considering that she sleeps with the guy and all.
It would be quite a scoop, but let's not hold our breath.
Doesn't add up
In the "Taxing to help reduce deficit is just good math" letter, the sentence "Social Security obligations are $5.4 trillion annually and Medicare is somewhere between $22 trillion to $35 trillion" only shows that someone's calculator is on the fritz.
Total Social Security expenditures, including both retirement and disability, were $712.5 billion in 2010. Medicare costs. including Part B and Part D supplemental expenditures, were $486 billion in 2010.
Let me also point out that the net worth for all U.S. households was around $55 trillion in 2010.
In the end, let's just say that most, if not all. politicians have a different agenda than the rest of us and that they have been ignoring these growing fiscal problems for decades.
Vincent C. Smith
Equalize tax code
Hold on a minute. Everybody just stop and think about what is fair in today's economy.
First, I don't have a problem with two adults living together and getting the same tax breaks as married couples.
But, let's be fair and include all adult couples: an elderly mother/father living with a single son/daughter, two siblings, two friends, etc. Let's leave marriage to a higher law and demand consideration for tax reform.
A flat-rate tax on personal income that includes all U.S citizens is needed. Yes, welfare checks, too. But, no more write-offs. Make the rich pay their fair share of taxes. This is long overdue.
Any politician who does nothing about tax reform will not be re-elected.
Better yet, wouldn't it be wonderful if the citizens could vote online, concerning the federal issues of the day, and eliminate the fat cats and lobbyists in Congress?
Think about how much time and money we could save, if there were safeguards.
Since each state has different issues to deal with, let them solve their own problems. Only when there is a natural disaster would money come from the federal surplus. What surplus, you say? My point exactly.
Educating our young people is the answer. Turn off the iPods, cellphones and computers. Teach them about birth control, how to grow a garden with different seeds, how to use their talents to get a job, how to budget their money, how to save and be frugal. And, how to recycle and save the environment.
The Kentucky school board has proposed to withdraw state funding for the Commonwealth Diploma for the class of 2013 and those students graduating from Kentucky high schools in future years — without having a replacement diploma in place.
These students relied on the availability of the Commonwealth Diploma when they took Algebra I in eighth grade and have taken courses in accordance with those requirements.
These students could have opted for different courses or additional extracurricular activities or improved their scholarship and college applications in many other ways had they known the diploma they were seeking would be eliminated at the end of their junior year.
Instead, these students opted to pursue the state's most prestigious diploma. These students have been left out in the cold by this change.
Please contact the Kentucky Board of Education and your local school board member if you have concerns about this change.
Ask your state legislator to request hearings on this matter. You can also contact Kevin Brown, counsel for the Department of Education, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
C. Terrell Miller
This is a civics lesson for all those who think like writers of the July 27 letters headed "Dereliction of duties."
Our federal government is set up with three branches that are separate but equal. They are the judicial, executive and legislative branches, each with equal power.
Our legislators represent the people, who are their bosses. They are the people from their respective districts and states. No other branch of government is their boss.