On Labor Day, honor those who do necessary work
In March, we experienced a severe hailstorm, one of the worst in recent years. One insurance company, reporting in its monthly newsletter, said offices throughout the state had received 127,000 claims for damage.
The young owner of the company that replaced the roof on my house told me he had received contracts to replace roofs on at least 40 houses in our subdivision and over 300 in and around our town. Other roofers were active in the community also.
Work to repair the storm damage began in earnest and lasted throughout the summer, even when the temperature was over 100 degrees.
As I watched a new roof being put on our house and occasionally entered into conversation with the young man in charge, I noticed the workmen were courteous, fast, efficient and professional. As a result of their labor, the work was completed quickly, and a necessary job was done well.
Necessary work of one kind or another is honorable, and it should be recognized as such. Those of us who are a part of western civilization have a heritage, almost 2,000 years old, that reminds us to respect that.
Labor Day, always observed on the first Monday of September, is more than the unofficial end of summer and a day free of labor; it is a time to pause for a moment and recognize that those engaged in necessary work render a valuable service.
Chance to vote pro-life
Margie Montgomery, executive director of Kentucky Right to Life, said in her most recent press release: "Our valiant attempts to pass pro-life legislation have been thwarted in recent years by Democratic leadership in the House of Representatives that is totally hostile to the pro-life cause. Kentucky pro-lifers wanting to advance the pro-life cause need to help us change that leadership during this year's election cycle."
A change of 10 Democratic seats in the House to the pro-life column would sweep away pro-abortion leadership. There are 100 seats in the House, 59 are Democrats and 41 are Republicans. All Republicans in the House are 100 percent pro-life.
There are a handful of pro-life Democrats in the House. They have absolutely no voice, influence or say-so whatsoever in their party's pro-death platform statement as well as the actions of the Democratic House leadership with its pro-Obama political agenda.
There are 10 truly competitive races which, if the pro-life candidate were to win, the House would be turned over to pro-life leadership. Kentucky's pro-life citizens need to educate themselves, get to know their pro-life candidate and help get him or her elected.
We also cannot afford to ignore the pro-life political challenge on the national level. Our state will participate in the election of six representatives to Congress, as well as elect the next president of the United States.
In 2005, commentators such as the Rev. Pat Robertson decoded Hurricane Katrina as a punishment visited by God for America's sins.
So if Hurricane Isaac touches Tampa, may we then infer that this is God's comment upon what the Republican Party has become?
This is pretty serious stuff.
What taxpayers build
Another fancy hotel going up downtown. Congratulations to the owners — us, the taxpayers.
I recognize that government assistance may be required, in some cases, to encourage new business. In this case, in addition to the owners' investment, it will take $6 million in federal loans plus $2 million in grants for 150 permanent jobs.
As a startup, I created 12 or so jobs by selling some of my IRA. But the president says "the government built" my organization, so is my check in the mail?
Train of thought
I recently drove over the Newtown bridge near the RJ Corman railroad yard and noticed the construction of what looked like it could be a railroad station.
What an idea. Passenger trains bringing visitors to the new arts and entertainment district and using Lextran to other points of interest around town. After partying they have a safe trip home, no driving tipsy on the roads.
Later I read the construction was for a retired engine, Old Smokey.
Oh, well, it was a nice dream.
Without coal, what?
With all the editorials downgrading the coal industry, I only wish the paper would boycott the utility companies that use coal.
The coal industry helped build this state and now the liberals are trying to destroy it. I would like for the paper to determine for every miner who loses his job, how many people that affects. Not only local businesses but also suppliers and manufacturers of mining equipment elsewhere.
The president wants to break the coal industry. Many coal companies that the editorials refer to had never had problems until the Obama Environmental Protection Agency changed the rules.
Will we have to start buying power from China? What's next?
Limit public fireworks
In the Aug. 22 article about the proposed fireworks ban, no mention was made about including organized disturbances. A recent late night was punctuated by long, loud explosions that I assume came from the University of Kentucky's football stadium.
I have always thought that to be an exhibit of bad neighborliness since the stadium is located in a circle of hospitals as well as residences and retirement facilities.
I propose that such demonstrations be limited to no later than 10 p.m. The example that I mention here was near midnight, which seems very late for such demonstrations for any reason.
School tax worth it?
Fayette County Board of Education has raised our property taxes yet again, to a whopping 67.4 cents per $100. Am I the only one in Lexington who thinks the school board should have to be accountable for what they do with all the money they are collecting?
Something needs to be done to stop this automatic tax increase with no noticeable results in the education of the Fayette County children.
The paper said expected tax revenue will be $164 million. I wonder what the school board will do the next decade with $1.64 billion.
Sad lesson learned
On Aug. 14 I picked up my son's dog Brody so he could have a play day with my dog Blacky. I had just turned onto Westerfield Way, almost home, and I made the mistake of rolling down the back window to give him some air. Brody jumped out the window and proceeded onto Stone Road where he met his demise.
The lesson I have learned is that no matter how well you think you know your pet, they always do the unexpected. Therefore, I will remember not to roll the car window down so far. I wish to thank all the kind individuals who stopped and helped me out. Animal lovers are the best.