Ky. Speedway owner should take some blame
As one of the fortunate fans who got to see Kentucky Speedway's inaugural Sprint Cup race in person, I could not let go unanswered Bruton Smith's self-serving attempts to blame everyone but himself for the "Carmegeddon" that fans experienced.
If the company running parking "did a lousy job," whose fault is that? We fans certainly didn't hire that particular company. I was taught leaders take responsibility for their organizations.
"Ten lanes wide (interstate), everybody would have been in there" is preposterous on its face, given that cars were stopped on Ky. 35 for hours because they couldn't get into the track.
To the contention that it is the fans' fault since they were warned to leave early, that's just blaming the victim. Kentucky Speedway's Web site warned fans that traffic would be bad three hours before the race. Taking heed of that warning, we left Lexington seven hours before the race in order to travel the approximately one-hour drive, only to get stopped in traffic less than three miles from the track for more than three hours. Giving up hope of ever getting into the track, we parked on Kentucky 35 between Sparta and Interstate 71 and walked the remaining two miles to our seats in the grandstands.
And to top it off, fans who didn't get in don't even get their money back? I was under the impression if you don't deliver a promised service, you don't get paid. Businesses with repeat customers treat those customers with respect, not disdain.
Pre-race coverage on TNT of Kentucky's Sprint Cup race showed an aerial view of the Kentucky version of Carmaggedon. Miles and miles, 20 miles they said, of backed up cars who never got into the race.
The reporter went on to say that Kentucky Speedway owner Bruton Smith apologized "profusely" to the Kentucky fans.
Are you kidding me?
He blamed the parking attendants, the concession people, the infrastructure of the road into the speedway, the infrastructure of the highway and, finally, he said the fans were to blame because they didn't leave early enough. Where is the apology?
I don't doubt NASCAR apologizes "profusely" for the horrible press and finger-pointing blame, but I never heard an apology from Smith.
Racism at play?
One of my all-time favorites, the movie Blazing Saddles is an uncanny analogy for our times. To paraphrase Mel Brooks from his 1974 role as the governor in his genius comedy, "Can't you see our president is a ni—?"
Now that the birther issue is settled once and for all, clearly something more insidious is the real issue within the Tea Party. We heard it in laughter at Barack Obama impersonator Reggie Brown's racial jokes during a Republican Leadership Conference.
We recently saw first lady Michelle Obama with a football field full of middle school girls dancing, laughing, having the time of their lives. If you have not seen it, you should — it is simply uplifting.
I wonder what Congressman Ron Paul's associates in the Ku Klux Klan thought of that image of the first lady and those girls. The answer to that question is buried so deeply in depravity that it defies speculative articulation.
Anyway, it is better to cling to the notion that our country's diversity is unique in the world. And it has always been one of our greatest strengths.
As Clevon Little in his role as the sheriff states, "By working together we can save Rock Ridge," and his sidekick played by Gene Wilder later adds, "(because everyone) loves a happy ending."
I believe that pretty much sums it up.
A republic loss
The pledge of allegiance to the United States flag is made "to the republic for which it stands." That flag represents a republic, not a dictatorship and certainly not a world intrusive empire, which we have become. Progressive, Marxist (highly controlling) governments offer nothing but hunger, torture, oppression, death and tyranny. The new world order, so highly praised by President Barack Obama, has made our nation one of sheep or, as the Soviet Union's Joseph Stalin put it, "useful idiots."
When the all-important common people are the all-important center of society, you have a republic. When government power, conquest and the interests of a few ruling elite become the center of society, then society has degraded, collapsed into an empire of dictators. This is now where we find ourselves as a nation; a slow rot which began when Obama took power.
Don't be surprised that you're getting the same old results when Democrats are in charge; they win, you lose. What are "we the people," not the government, going to do about it?
Driver's class awesome
I recently attended the driver's education program of the Fayette County Attorney's Office. It was awesome. We did a lot of stuff there, but my favorite was driving in the skid monster.
The skid monster is like a normal car except the back wheels are airplane wheels that stick out about a foot from the car and can lose traction with the flip of a switch. While you're driving on an obstacle course, the instructor can flip the switch without you knowing, and all of a sudden the car begins to skid out of control.
As a student at the driving school, you learn how to react if your car gets into a skid and safely get out of it before it is too late.
This driving class has given me more confidence on the road, and gives me peace of mind while driving. I would highly recommend this class to everyone.
As a mother of a teenage driver I also highly recommend this class. It is designed to take new drivers and train them to be safe drivers. I want my child to know how to react safely if the need arises. I feel more comfortable now that my child has the knowledge to keep her safe while behind the wheel. Since completing this course she is much more observant and self-confident when on the road.
Drug policy fails
Regarding W. Bryan Hubbard's Aug. 1 op-ed, the steady rise in drug-sniffing dogs in schools, warrantless police searches, and random drug testing have led to a loss of civil liberties while failing miserably at preventing drug use. With national debt soaring, we can no longer afford to throw good money at bad drug policy.
Based on findings that criminal records are inappropriate as health interventions and ineffective as deterrents, a majority of European Union countries have decriminalized marijuana. Despite marijuana prohibition, lifetime use of marijuana is higher in the United States than any European country.
The drug war threatens the integrity of a country founded on the concept of limited government. It's not possible to wage a moralistic war against consensual vices unless privacy is completely eliminated, along with the U.S. Constitution. America can either be a free country or a "drug-free" country, but not both.
Common Sense for Drug Policy policy analyst