Amish-style driving accidents just waiting to happen
In my forensic engineering work I am familiar with dozens of rear-end crashes due to overloaded coal trucks creeping along high-speed highways and the death and destruction they cause.
It is absolutely unconscionable for anyone, including the Amish, to use our highways in this manner. It should be against the law, period, for anyone to travel 10 mph or more under the speed limit, and even having reflective triangles in place is terribly insufficient for safety. The use of our highways is a privilege, not a right.
Many studies have shown that when there are speed differentials between vehicles, crash rates rise dramatically. The effect begins to become especially pronounced at 10 mph difference.
Accordingly, Amish buggies and any other vehicles should only be allowed to operate on roads in which the speed limit is no more than 10 mph above the speed they can maintain. In addition, they should be as fully lighted as any standard car.
Too much on one sport
What an insult to University of Kentucky fans on the Oct. 5 Sports section front.
Eight and a half inches of photos and story on UK basketball, and 3 inches of a story on UK's upcoming football game against South Carolina.
Every Kentucky fan knows that's way too much talk about our football program — especially in October.
Locked out of polls
I question the legality of the results of the alcohol vote in Junction City on Oct. 4.
I went to vote at the First Baptist Church in Junction City at about 9:30 a.m. There was a sign by Hwy. 127 stating "vote here." I went to the church and proceeded to the front door, which is what I have always done. The doors were locked.
I returned to my vehicle and sat for a few minutes and told myself "this cannot be happening." I again went to the front door and it was still locked. There were no signs or anything to indicate to me where I should go cast my vote.
I went home and when my husband returned later that day I told him what had happened. He stated that when he went to vote he was able to enter by the front door but when he tried to leave the doors were locked and he had to leave the building through another exit.
Maybe this can account for the low voter turnout. I wonder how many other people encountered the same situation. I do not feel the outcome of the election is legal.
Is it legal to lock the doors of an election place during the regular voting hours?
Cartoon in bad taste
I found the Bizarro cartoon in the Sept. 29 paper to be incredibly offensive and in poor taste. The panel showed an elderly man and woman walking.
The man was pushing a grocery cart and hunched over, which I infer was from osteoporosis. The woman, walking beside him, wore a shirt that had "I'm with stooped (arrow)" printed on it.
The humor was a poor attempt to create a pun of the shirt "I'm with stupid."
I love witty, edgy humor and satire. But it was inappropriate to make fun of people with a debilitating condition such as osteoporosis.
The decision to publish the cartoon showed a lack of concern and a lack of sensitivity for people who have little choice in having this condition.
Lawyers not the problem
A Sept. 29 letter addressed the licensing of optometrists to perform laser surgery, as opposed to limiting the procedure to licensed ophthalmologists.
I found it of particular interest that it conceded that "rest assured, under-trained, non-surgeons pretending to play surgeon with a very critical piece of anatomy — the human eye — will result in untoward results," while disparaging attorneys who were made rich in asbestos cases, a material that caused the death of countless people around the world and is no longer in use as a result of attorneys' work.
The fact of the matter is that if the laser surgery is performed, either by optometrist or ophthalmologist, and either is negligent, then a medical malpractice suit may follow.
Despite popular belief, attorneys in Kentucky keep our citizens safe from others' negligence. Just saying.
Christopher A. Spedding
Williams has a plan
Gov. Steve Beshear refused to participate in the Sept. 26 KET candidate forum and has turned down other opportunities for voters to hear his ideas.
Sen. David Williams has a bold, innovative plan to create jobs and grow Kentucky's economy. Williams wants to eliminate income taxes on hard-working Kentuckians. He wants to reform Kentucky's pension and unemployment insurance programs.
He has a jobs program for people getting unemployment benefits. He wants to enact other reforms that would make Kentucky competitive for jobs.
We are losing jobs to Ohio, Indiana and Tennessee. Williams has a plan to stop this job loss and make Kentucky a business-friendly state.
We can either give Beshear another term and empower him to help Barack Obama, whose policies are bad for Kentucky, or we can go with Williams, who opposes Obama and has a real plan that he is willing to talk to voters about.
Defining unjust law
An Oct. 1 letter commended Pulaski County for opposing the American Civil Liberties Union and attempting instead to post copies of the Ten Commandments in the county courthouse.
It cited Martin Luther King Jr.'s letter from a Birmingham jail that, in turn, cited Thomas Aquinas when distinguishing a just from an unjust law. Unrealized in this support of Pulaski County is that the law that does not square with moral law and is not rooted in eternal law and which, somehow, stifles religious freedom, is the First Article of the Bill of Rights.
The First Amendment to the Constitution protects Christians and every other religious group from the tyranny of a government-defined religious code.
One need look only as far as Saddam Hussein's Iraq or Taliban-controlled Afghanistan to find examples of abusive government involvement in religion to understand the protection we enjoy.
Further in the letter to the second example of an unjust law: It "is a code that a numerical or power majority group compels a minority group to obey but does not make binding on itself."
It is exactly this abuse the ACLU is attempting to prevent. If we do not want radical religious groups posting their religious codes on the walls of our courthouses the majority should restrain from an equivalent abuse.
This way, and only this way, can we all live without either the tyranny of the majority over the minority or of a government which defies eternal law and abuses our liberties.