Stop cell tower on Southland Drive
If you live in the Southland Drive area or frequent the corridor's small businesses, buy groceries or shop at the farmers market, take your pets to the Southland vet, attend the outdoor concerts, or if your children spend their days at the child care center just off Southland Drive, I hope you are aware that Cingular Wireless has applied to construct a new communication facility just behind the Dollar General store on Southland Drive.
Seems AT&T Mobility is required to inform those who live within spitting distance of the proposed location, via certified mail, but everyone else has to hear through the grapevine.
This 125-foot tower will boast a 5-foot lightning arrestor and plenty of electromagnetic radiation. The new medical clinic under construction down the street may come in handy: The International Agency for Research on Cancer states that radio frequency radiation from a cell tower is possibly carcinogenic.
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Exposure has been linked to cancers, infertility, dementia, heart complications, ADD, genetic mutations, insomnia, Alzheimer's, headaches and hormonal imbalances.
Your wallet will feel the pinch too when property values drop.
Call the LFUCG Planning Commission at 258-3160 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and say "no way" to AT&T.
Lower corporate taxes
President Barack Obama says a loophole that lets companies dodge U.S. taxes by moving their headquarters overseas is unpatriotic. Let's analyze this.
Taxes are one of many costs of doing business. Companies continue to exist only if they make more money than they spend. Profits are used to reward investors and grow the businesses, creating more jobs.
Congress and presidents created the IRS code with its many loopholes — deductions, tax credits, etc. The U.S. has the highest income tax rate on corporations among first-world nations. Companies have been taking advantage of legal deductions, tax credits, etc., for years, trying to minimize their taxes and increase their profits.
Moving their headquarters to a lower-tax country is nothing new. It's just another way to lower taxes.
If the president and Congress wanted to address the problem, they would reduce the corporate tax burden, enabling U.S. companies to be more competitive.
You know what is unpatriotic? A president who has worked to turn people against corporations, race against race, and lower economic classes against higher ones. Shame on Obama, who campaigned as a leader who would bring the country together, but has used his power to divide and weaken us at home and abroad.
Some Americans love Second Amendment one-upping each other. Politicians promenade on stage with shotguns raised high. Candidates fire guns in ads touting their NRA A-plus rating. Militants carry assault rifles into Starbucks.
In Arizona in 2011 a business let kids sit on Santa's lap with the gun of their choice. Earlier in 2011 a nine-year-old was killed in an Arizona mass shooting. That year in Ashland a child accidentally killed a sibling by gunfire. In 2008 an eight-year-old fatally shot himself at a gun show.
A youngster in Arizona recently accidentally killed her shooting instructor. Remarks by Sam Scarmardo, the range's operator, included, "Kids are too immature. This is a very mature young lady. ... We grow some pretty big eight-year-olds out here in Arizona. ... It's part of the Las Vegas entertainment industry. ... It's a large capital investment." Scarmardo offers gun parties for kids. Do common sense and age limits hamper profits?
In denial, Scarmardo says, "Nobody (excluding employees) ever gets hurt here." He may use Disneyland type signs, if you're not as tall as, say, Dumbo, you can't shoot. Not to worry (definitely worry), Scarmardo wants to see what the National Rifle Association recommends. God help us.
Senate needs new blood
An Aug. 31 letter writer stated that "smart women support McConnell" and then went on to write about "women who have lost jobs and can't find work ... watch their children work hard, finish college and face a bleak job market ... witness thousands of coal jobs disappear ... are concerned about ... the national debt ... the rising threat of terrorism ... and brutal persecution of Christians."
Did it ever occur to the writer that all these bleak scenarios happened under Mitch McConnell's watch?
If retaining the failed, obstructive policies McConnell fosters is smart, vote for him. It's time we change the status quo and try some new blood in the Senate.
As for the health-care plan, premiums under Obamacare have risen half what the average rate of increase was from 1990 to 2008. Thousands of Kentuckians are pleased with Kentucky's Healthcare Connection (kynect), something McConnell would love to eliminate.
The Republican Party attempts to make it as hard as possible for black people to vote. Why would any voting bloc join a party that tries to suppress its vote?
The successful Southern Strategy of former presidents Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan continues, resulting in an overwhelmingly white GOP.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is using his own brand of Southern Strategy against Alison Lundergan Grimes. McConnell announced during President Barack Obama's first term that he and his party would do everything they could to make Obama a one-term president. They failed, but congressional Republicans continue to refuse to work with Obama on anything.
The GOP has severely damaged its efforts to attract black voters by failing to rein in Republicans who untruthfully trashed Obama by calling him a racist, socialist, Muslim and un-American by birth.
The sensitive, politically savvy black community is neither blind nor deaf.
Paul Lam Whiteley Sr.