EPA stands in the way of flood relief in Morehead
I read the letters from southeastern Kentuckians praising the Environmental Protection Agency.
Just 100 miles north of there, on the banks of Triplett Creek in Morehead, people shudder every time it rains. In the past two years, downtown businesses and residences have been flooded several times with 2 to 10 feet of water.
Simple solution: Let the city remove the rubbish from the creek and re-establish the original channel.
EPA solution: Forbid anyone to enter the creek under any conditions. Let nature fill up the channel and adjacent areas, including streets, businesses and houses. Then, abandon your property and go to the hills.
Don't think I am exaggerating. It's preached at every city council meeting. Even our U.S. congressmen and senators cannot help us.
I guess the buck stops at the top, so let's lobby Congress to legislate some relief from EPA's dictatorial power.
Hubert L. Allen
Never a fair share
When President Barack Obama talked about cap-and-trade legislation, he stated it would cause electricity bills to skyrocket.
After the legislation failed, he's tried to make it happen through regulations. This would impact low-income households significantly. Some said gasoline prices skyrocketed when they more than doubled.
To a person earning $20,000 and paying $2,000 for electricity, just doubling to $4,000 would force that person to give up 10 percent of his income.
Those with large incomes would not be so affected. Would Obama pay 10 percent ($140,000) of his $1.4 million income, or would a chief executive with an income of $15 million pay $1.5 million?
Regulations can act as taxes, unfair taxes. How many programs and regulations does Obama want?
Some in the Republican Party would like to have the federal income tax replaced with a national sales tax. Texas has an 8 percent sales tax and no state income tax.
So, if someone earning $50,000 spent it all on items that had the 8 percent sales tax, the state tax payment would be 8 percent.
If half was spent on items that had an 8 percent sales tax, the rate would be 4 percent.
A person with an income of $1 million can live abundantly on $200,000 and would pay less than 1 percent in taxes if half that went to items that had the 8 percent sales tax.
To go from a federal income tax to a national sales tax would shift more of the tax burden to low-income people.
Israel worth our aid
A recent letter seemed to indicate that continued aid to Israel is somehow not in America's interest.
Aid to Israel is returned many times over by maintaining a reliable, democratic ally which supports U.S. interests in the Middle East. The letter did not mention the billions in U.S. aid to Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon and countless other Arab states that spit in our face and whose despotic leaders steal our money and oppress their own people.
Steven H. Caller
So many issues going on in the world, and I am compelled to write about jaywalking.
A Georgia woman received a year's probation instead of jail time in the death of her son, who was struck by a van while jaywalking with her and her other children.
While I agree that she should never have served jail time for her infraction, I disagree with people who were in an uproar that this mother of three was arrested, charged and faced jail time for vehicular manslaughter.
I wonder when this same story will hit our local news. According to stories, she could have walked her children 500 feet to a crosswalk. I see this same irresponsibility every single day in Lexington.
Jaywalking is not a new issue, nor is it a pressing one. However, drive Versailles Road from Alexandria Drive to downtown. You will witness jaywalking. The middle turning lane looks like one long walking lane.
Vehicles are forced to take odd turns or almost come to a stop so as not to hit a pedestrian. Parents and their children, some in strollers and some barely old enough to walk, cross into the middle turning lane and wait for oncoming traffic to clear instead of walking a few hundred feet to the crosswalk.
I wonder when, not if, someone will be killed. That seems to be what it takes these days for a public issue to be noticed and addressed.
No tea for me
The letter "Tea Party pulling for everyone in working class," stated: "Read about how Reagan jump-started this country in the mid-'80s and then ask yourself: Would I like to have that kind of opportunity again?"
Well, I don't have to read about it. I lived it. I entered the work force soon after Ronald Reagan became president.
In my lifetime I have seen the minimum wage frozen for years because of Republican opposition, insurance rates rise while wages stagnated, businesses make drastic staff cuts and increase hours and workload beyond all reason, and retirement pensions shrivel up and be replaced by weak 401(k) plans.
Plus, while all this was going on, property values and college tuitions rose dramatically, putting home ownership and college out of reach for many people.
Things have gotten worse since 2007. The 40-hour work week is on its way to becoming a thing of the past. The end result? I've worked a lot harder than my father ever did and have less to show for it.
Reagan's economic policies were an all-out assault on working people. We saw the rich get richer while we worked harder for less.
So, who are you kidding? You think we want more of the same? The Tea Party movement does not represent the interests of the working man, and to claim that it does is obscene.
Tea Party activists are nothing but a bunch of grossly misinformed corporate stooges cheerleading their own demise.
NFL watered down
The first week of the NFL was one of the most anticipated opening weeks I can remember because of the owners locking out the players in the off-season.
But there is one rule change that really concerns me, and that is the placement of the ball on kickoffs moved to the 35-yard line instead of the 30-yard line to lessen the chance of injury on kickoff returns.
This change has created a bigger problem than what it fixed. More than three-quarters of the kicks one weekend were not returned.
I fear that the NFL is beginning to eliminate the most exciting play in football — the kickoff return.