When did bicyclist become a villain?
An estimated 43,000 motor vehicles a day travel on U.S. 27 between Nicholasville and Lexington. One woman, fueled by breakfast and desire — her exhaust nothing but her breath — attempts to pedal her way peacefully in the same space.
But the space is not for her. It is for those who surround themselves with insulated metal cages weighing 20 times their weight, moving at speeds difficult to control, making noise, air and water pollution that every living thing nearby has to endure.
And the human being doing no harm is the one arrested?
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Why is it legal to blow off a mountain top but not to ride a bike visibly and predictably down a busy road?
Motorists might feel startled and inconvenienced, but if there were 43,000 more Cherokee Schills, U.S. 27 would be a lovely place.
Jensen's flawed ideas
Elisabeth Jensen is probably a nice person, but she has an odd idea of what it means to help middle class families. Here are just a few of her ideas:
¦ Raise the minimum wage over three years, making full-time jobs paying less than $21,000 per year illegal.
¦ Require everyone who has the same job to be paid the same, regardless of how hard they work.
¦ Require everyone to pay part of someone else's student loans.
¦ Have the government provide high-speed Internet access.
¦ Expand the food stamp program, which already serves one in six Americans.
¦ Replace coal power plants with windmills and solar cells but keep all of the coal mining jobs.
¦ Have the postal service get in commerical and consumer banking.
The only common-sense thing in her plan is to encourage high school students to learn basic personal finance and the danger of debt. But then, they'd vote for Andy Barr.
Mossotti aids commuity
Jennifer Mossotti has been very supportive to the Robinwood Neighborhood Association. She makes us feel that the safety of our families, homes and neighborhoods is her utmost concern. Mossotti has attended every public Robinwood neighborhood meeting and made herself available to the public to voice their opinions and concerns. She has addressed, or is addressing, every issue that I have sent her way. Lexington is fortunate to have people of her caliber on the council
President, Robinwood Neighborhood Association
White for judge-executive
I want to commend and encourage Alayne White, who is running for Fayette County judge-executive. I believe she will make an excellent judge-executive and know from personal experience that Fayette would be lucky to have a person of her integrity, knowledge and skill running for this office.
She has worked tirelessly for many years on behalf of the people of Fayette County. Her commitment, dedication and honesty ensure a vote for her will be well served.
McConnell too negative
Correct me if I'm wrong, but the presidential election is long over and the people have elected Barack Obama for a new term. But Mitch McConnell was so dead set on him being a "one and done" president, he can't get past it.
What McConnell needs to do is get some legislation passed instead of always saying no to everything. He's been there for 30 years, never helping Kentuckians get ahead or even trying to level the playing field.
No to extending unemployment benefits. No to raising minimum wage. No on anything that would help create new jobs. It's all about what's good for him and his buddies in Washington.
It's time he forgets about the election of Obama and gets up to date with what needs to happen now. People are sick and tired of him always being negative. It's time to "ditch Mitch" for a fresh new face.
Poor record on education
Mitch McConnell has a poor record for supporting education.
In 1997, he would not support $5 million for school infrastructure, to be funded by closing tax loopholes. In 1993 he opposed legislation for asbestos removal in schools. May 2001, McConnell opposed an amendment which would have provided funds for school renovation and construction. The amendment failed by one vote.
Recently, he stopped a bill that would have given relief from student-loan interest rates. He saw that he did not have the votes to keep it from passing so he killed it with a filibuster. The student loan rate doubled last July 2013 and currently is much higher than home mortgage rates.
Votes like this have earned McConnell flunking grades from respected education organizations. McConnell's history shows me has turned his back on Kentucky and that sending him back to Washington would not be in the best interests of our kids.
Witt committed to helping
I am so impressed by Sheriff Kathy Witt's passion for Fayette County families. She has proven time and again that the safety of her community is her first and foremost priority.
She has been a strong advocate for agencies and programs that support children and families. In my previous position as the development director of The Nest Center for Women, Children and Families, I witnessed firsthand her involvement and care for our neighborhoods when she attended the agency's Take Back the Park from Violence event. She took time from her busy schedule to talk with the families and offer condolences.
Witt also responded immediately after I witnessed a shooting close to The Nest. I was comforted by her clear understanding of the situation and the knowledge that she is proactive in creating change.
I am grateful our young people have such an intelligent, caring, principled leader as a role model.
Voters are responsible
"We the people" sounds grand — but only if we vote.
Those we elected to serve state and country serve political parties and corporations foremost.
Their behavior in the last six years suggests preteen children sabotaging congressional bills because they didn't win. If we had acted in our jobs as they have, we would have been fired.
Are we letting attack ads persuade us not to change or to learn for ourselves if they are addressing issues?
President Barack Obama is a pretend issue; he only has two more years. As for Kentucky coal, it seems a powerful senator could have helped with encouraging new industry and opportunities to Eastern Kentucky. We have seen no constructive solutions, just a determination to deny a raise in the minimum wage.
We, the people, must register and vote or we cannot complain when we get little in return for our state and country.