Two-way streets will make traffic downtown worse
Backers say slowing traffic would help businesses and pedestrians. Turning the streets to one-way was not about increased traffic flow, but it had that effect.
During the 1960s, Main Street was famous for its long delays from one light to another; the population was less than 30,000. Just between Maxwell and Angliana, to this date, 4,000 apartment units have been erected.
Residents, you know the frustration experienced getting from Second Street outbound to Red Mile during peak hours. Imagine these downtown streets going to two-way. Why would you sit still and let this happen?
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Urban sprawl was a welcome alternative, You could find a parking space and you didn't have to pay for it. The downtown area was already in decline with poor sewer drainage and dilapidated buildings.
This is one of the dumbest ideas to come out of local government. Councilwoman Peggy Henson: Do you ever say no to the megalomaniacs?
While sitting on Jim Gray's parking lot burning up $3.77 a gallon fuel, drivers will look over and say to themselves, "Hey, tomorrow I'll just pull over and go inside this business and shop until the traffic starts to move." It could happen. Not.
Kiss those millions in funding since 2007 goodbye. Repairing utility lines will be the only good remnant of those grants; we're in for a repeat of construction activity.
UK basketball fans, brace yourself for one full day to make it to tip-off time. Bring your sleeping bags, chairs and comfortable shoes for walking. You can shop until the game starts.
Fan of hospital staff
Many of us are fans of University of Kentucky sports. "Go Big Blue" is a term we use for our team, no matter the season.
But we've become fans of a team at the university that doesn't get nearly the attention it deserves: the team of doctors, nurses and staff at Kentucky Children's Hospital.
Up until a few weeks ago, I had never been to UK hospital other than to visit a sick friend or see a mother of a new baby. After our daughter suffered from a life-threatening incident, we were there to see their teams at work firsthand.
Our child was cared for by top-notch teams in intensive care, cardiology, neurology, respiratory, psychiatric, physical therapy and that doesn't cover them all.
I cannot even begin to tell you the admiration, respect and gratitude we have for them all.
I hope that no one ever have has to go through such a traumatic experience with their child as we did, but thanks to the teams of professionals and their extraordinary personal care at the children's hospital we are now their biggest fans. Go Big Blue.
In response to the letter writer who opined that people, especially parents, who run on the road are lunatics, I'd like to point out that it is actually safer to run on the road.
I invite you to come out for a run on the sidewalks.
What you will find is pavement that needs to be repaired, branches that overhang the sidewalk which hit you in the eyes, people who illegally park their cars across the sidewalks, people who back their cars down their driveways without looking at the sidewalks, people who do not stop at stop signs or that only look left when they are turning right, people who leave their trash cans on the sidewalk and people who like to water their grass and the sidewalk.
In the winter, most people can't be bothered to shovel the snow on their walks or at least throw down a bit of salt.
I have had many more close calls walking on the sidewalks than I have ever had running on the road. Most of the roads in and around Chevy Chase are plenty wide enough to accommodate a few people running, and the speed limits are low enough that you should have plenty of time to react.
Play it straight
Did you ever wonder why God created a man and a woman in the Garden of Eden instead of two men or two women?
Do you think Jesus would have turned the water into wine at the wedding in Cana if it had been between two men or two women? Do you think he would have even been invited to such a wedding?
Are you in favor of marriage between two men or two women? Barack Obama is. Probably the citizens of Sodom and Gomorrah would also have been in favor.
In my Catholic opinion, the controversial civil rights of gay marriage are defeated by God's word.
Bobby Joe Payne
Put Hillary in for Biden
This time around, President Barack Obama should have Hillary Clinton as his running mate. She has proven herself as a worldwide leader among men and women.
Since women make up the majority of voters, one should think to engage a woman in a higher position — especially one as intelligent and popular as Hillary Clinton.
Let Joe Biden retire and enjoy life with his family. He has served his country well, raised his children by himself, and helped the young senator from Chicago get elected as president. He should enjoy life now and still offer advice when needed.
First lady Michelle Obama is another intelligent woman whose talents are dwarfed by living in the White House bubble.
However, she has done a great job in fighting obesity among our young and older people, too. You see more walkers, joggers and bike riders now than ever before. She has inspired us to be a healthier nation.
On the other hand, Mitt Romney is not instilling great confidence with the middle class by not releasing his tax returns beyond two years. If he has not paid taxes on the offshore accounts, even with the Bush-era tax breaks for the rich, then he has shot himself in the foot.
Bottom line: At least Obama is trying to create jobs instead of getting rid of jobs like Romney has done in the past.
As for the gay issue, everybody has to answer to their maker, so judge not — lest you be judged.
Earn your right to vote
We're informed now that Social Security will run out of money in 2035 because enough people are not working to pay the tax it represents and because the granting of disability benefits is now a farce. If you sign up for disability, you get it. Socialism run amok.
It is, in a sense, a return to slavery, though this time the ones who work and earn have become the slaves of the lower class, whose right to vote controls the elected members of the Congress, who are unctuously concerned about tenure.
Why not a system, logical it seems to me, which requires the right to vote be earned?
Members of Congress could not be cowed, then, by recipients of governmental largesse. They would be term limited, in service to the people, unselfishly of course. Patriots all, they should pay for their own pensions and health care, like worthy citizens they claim to be.
Heavens, a real democracy?
William A. Watson