Face facts, Obama has done pretty well
A recent letter writer stated, "the media is committing treason with their distortion of the facts. How can they defend the horrible shape the Democrats have put this country in for the past six and a half years?" He continued his rant with name-calling and insults, but failed to offer even a single fact to support his inflammatory statements. Well here are a few facts to consider:
In January of 2009 we were in the worst recession since the Great Depression. Major banks were failing, General Motors was on the verge of collapse and world markets were in a tailspin. Six and a half years later financial markets have stabilized and General Motors is profitable and employing tens of thousands.
The Dow Jones Industrial index was in free-fall at 7,950 and continued down to its low of 6,547 two months later. Now it regularly tops 18,000, a 275 percent increase.
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Unemployment was at 7.8 percent on it's way to 10 percent. Now it is 5.5 percent, a 45 percent decrease.
Ten percent of mortgages were delinquent. Now the rate has dropped to 5.54 percent, a 42 percent decline.
I could go on, but obviously the writer won't let pesky facts get in his way.
Read the legal opinion
For anyone who has not read Justice Anthony Kennedy's opinion in Obergefell v. Hodges, I urge you to do so. It is steeped in eloquence and the compassion necessary for shared human existence in a free society.
All who hold dear the principles of liberty, justice and freedom have been welcomed to join in a day when these principles, which our shared history has sometimes seen fit to deny to whole classes of persons, have been upheld and enshrined in law. As we grapple with the true meaning of liberty and our growing understanding of its protections, the court's decision affirms a more just appreciation of the values of tolerance, respect and dignity.
Kennedy's opinion is an affirmation of the importance of love and a declaration of the dignity which all who desire to share in the confines of mutual existence must be afforded.
The decision not only extends a recognition of the love shared by our LGBT brothers and sisters, but a strengthening of the significance of all unions, heterosexual or otherwise. The expertly worded opinion shows why this great step forward for all Americans is an affirmation of the values we hold so dear.
Update the Kentucky flag?
I love our Kentucky state flag (Tom Eblen, June 20).
It is not outdated. Who knows the present significance of California's bear, Texas' lone star, or Rhode Island's "Hope"?
I think that our flag's artist was prophetic, depicting two men in a lawfully-wedded ceremony embracing.
How can California compete with that?
I say leave it as it is, but if it must be updated, consider:
Changing the wording to, "United They Stand."
Adding a depiction of our governor officiating the ceremony and of our attorney general doing nothing,
As a subtle reminder of our Unbridled Spirit, let's add a Thoroughbred horse, to the right of the men, facing either toward or away from the viewer.
The perfection of any design is its timelessness. The addition of these three characters to our flag will be thought of as prophetic in the not-so-distant future when four men and a horse can all be lawfully married together in Kentucky.
Sure, the man wearing a coonskin cap on our state flag looks like one of the Village People, but until the legislature adopts these revisions, let's let our freak flag fly the way it is.
Worst traffic in town
Nicholasville Road has long had Lexington's worst traffic. But Georgetown Road from New Circle to Spurr Road is worse. There are eight signals in a two-mile stretch, four of them at minor intersections, all ill-timed.
I travel Georgetown road several times a day and I have to stop at the signal at Capstone Drive and Parallel Road every time, coming or going, usually just for one car to cross.
I've often wondered if the Lexington Traffic Management Center is in the pocket of Big Oil, because the amount of gas we all waste having to stop at a signal, idle and then accelerate again, is off the charts and unnecessary.
Capstone and Parallel, Oakwood Drive and Briarwood Drive are the worst of these signals.
Can't they be put on timers instead of being triggered by one car? Or why can't they be put on a flashing yellow during non-peak times?
Traveling Georgetown Road is a complete waste of everyone's time and gas, and a huge aggravation.
Whacked-out water world
A billion-dollar desalination plant is under construction in San Diego, inflated by myriad regulations, state agencies and environmental hacks' pressure on the government.
It will treat 50 million gallons of water per day, 7 percent of the area's needs.
The proposed high-speed rail system to connect San Francisco to Los Angeles is estimated to cost $67.6 billion, so people can live in one area and work in another. You could build 67 desalination plants for that.
Bottled water consumes half of California's spring water, and is shipped all over the world and sold at inflated prices to line the elitists' pockets. It costs 240 to 10,000 times the price of tap water.
Our priorities are all out of whack, especially in California, so let them go thirsty.