Toughen penalties on texting drivers
When is something going to be done with people texting while driving?
The law in Kentucky is absurd and does nothing to stop this dangerous habit some people have.
Recently, a young man in a gray Chevy drove beside me, south on Broadway, texting from Third Street to Maxwell, where he turned left. Every day I'm along-side someone texting in this city.
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The small fine is not going to stop it, we need to make the punishment as high as it is for DUI, since it is at least as dangerous.
Energy idea ignored
The Sept. 14 article that announced a plan to transport 500,000 tons of toxic coal ash across Clark County made me reflect on the fact that, at least since the late 1800s, mankind has had the know-how to burn coal cleanly.
The problem with the simple technology was that it would soon be recognized as a stand-alone energy source that could replace the dirty fuel that it was being used to clean up. Calling attention to it, then as now, would upset the staus quo.
The interesting thing about this particular approach is that it not only completes the combustion of unburned hydrocarbons, but it can also be used to eliminate the accumulated pollution that has resulted from the use of fossil fuels.
Yes, it can actually use the waste from the fossil fuel era as its feedstock. It may sound too good to be true, but it has been demonstrated for many years now.
In fact, an Italian-American physicist is at the forefront of producing a modern embodiment of this. See 1898 U.S. Patent # 603058.
Republican for Witt
I am a Republican, but my vote will be cast for Sheriff Kathy Witt. We all should vote for the most-qualified candidate, no matter the party affiliation. I wonder about some who blindly support the Republican candidate when:
¦ He has never held office, been a police officer or deputy sheriff in any town, county or state.
¦ He filed personal bankruptcy less than two years ago. He obviously could not manage his own finances so how can he be trusted to look out for, collect and be responsible for about $280 million of our money.
¦ He must not understand our merged government because he keeps repeating that he will perform law-enforcement duties that fall to the police.
Witt has the experience, integrity and roots in the community to continue the great job she has done. I also encourage party leaders to fully examine a candidate before they support him.
Keep Mossotti on council
I am delighted and proud to recommend Jennifer Mossotti as our 9th District representative to the council in Lexington.
She has served this district well for a number of years in a very skilled and professional manner. Recently, she worked with our neighborhood to get turn signals as traffic increased with development.
Mossotti also serves the city/county as a whole. She has been instrumental in enhancing the services and pay of firefighters and police. And she supported the program to attract new and better paying jobs to Lexington. She backed the creation of the affordable housing program, which the BUILD organization has been working to secure for several years.
Lexington is lucky to have such a fine citizen to represent us all.
Jensen is tax-and-spend
Does Elisabeth Jensen think she lives in California where high taxes, illegal immigration, deficit financing, high electric rates and "pie in the sky" ideas are popular?
Kentuckians need less taxes and better government not higher taxes and poorly run government. How could any working person honestly vote for higher taxes? Her idea about the post offices working as community lenders is moronic; the government can't run anything right except taking money from honest people who work for a living.
Let's look at the record of the federal government: Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare in financial trouble, Veterans Administration a disaster with a backlog of 800,000 vets waiting for treatment and claims.
Jensen is a tax-and-spend liberal, and they always like to take money away from those who work to reward those who don't. We have a good person in Congress; let's keep him there. Vote Andy Barr.
Fight GOP takeover of Ky.
Media should call out Kentucky Republicans for what they are — representatives for wealthy and corporate interests — and remind voters of the special-interest legislation they have introduced/passed.
Recent Herald-Leader examples are the editorial about the confluence of Sen. Mitch McConnell and billionaire extremists Koch brothers and the lengthy report about Congressman Andy Barr's legislation-for-money exchange with big banks and Wall Street.
If Republicans take over the state legislature, Kentuckians can expect an avalanche of special-interest bills, such as right-to-work that's more accurately described as "right-to-work-for-less."
This is what Kentuckians will face if Republicans take over the legislature and Congress: cutting taxes for the rich; gutting public education; launching an assault on women's health; destroying unions and collective bargaining; gerrymandering/voter suppression; denying Medicaid expansion; appointing "emergency managers" to take over cities and school districts.
On Nov. 4, Kentuckians should wash their hands of the GOP campaign, "Handshake with Kentucky," voting "goodbye germs, hello ladies."
Facts to consider
It is time for people to face some facts:
¦ Rep. Andy Barr is correct that it is not up to the federal government to create jobs. That lies solely with the individual. Though it is up to the federal government to make it easier by providing funds and lessening regulations.
¦ Other than in Pike County, there has not been any economic growth in Southeastern Kentucky. Since I have lived here, three furniture factories, two sewing factories, a plastic factory, American Wood Mark and Trust Joist have made their money and left with nothing to replace them.
¦ We do not have sufficient roads, shopping malls or any entertainment in this area or even a power plant.
¦ We need to look at what states are doing right — whether led by a Republican or not — and repeat the process and do what is best for Kentucky.
I have kept promises, served district well
I am running for re-election to make Lexington the best it can be for you, your family and mine.
I believe I am the best candidate to advocate for the residents, neighborhoods and businesses of the 2nd District. Our district needs an experienced leader to navigate the growth and transformation in the West End.
In grad school, my cohort referred to me as the spark plug of our team. Just as a spark plug is vital to starting an engine, my energy and passion for service are vital to getting things done. I kept the promises I made two years ago — to strengthen our neighborhoods, improve our parks and support small business.
In less than two years, I accomplished an extensive list of initiatives: I secured funding to finish the playground and build bathrooms at Masterson Station Park; chaired the Food Truck Workgroup that resulted in legislation that allows food trucks to operate throughout Lexington; organized a Neighborhood Watch in Masterson Station; initiated a letter-writing campaign to prevent another liquor store from locating on Georgetown Street; initiated three public art projects in the district; secured funding to repair the historic rock wall along Leestown Road in the Meadowthorpe subdivision; organized a merchant association in the Distillery District to help businesses and property owners leverage public and private investments.
If voters want a council member who keeps her promises, who works tirelessly for her district and returns your calls and emails, please vote for Shevawn Akers on Nov. 4. See www.shevawnakers.com
2nd District council member