Make seat belt fine meaningful
There are two kinds of people in the world: Those who always buckle up and those who don't, because they are forgetful, think seat belts are too restrictive or mistakenly think they will be able to brace and protect themselves during an accident or that bad things happen to other people.
You hate to force passengers to buckle up, but it's better than seeing them in a wheelchair or grieving at their funeral? Why isn't the fine big enough to make people do it whether they want to or not? Twenty-five dollars is a joke.
Death and injury can still happen with a seat belt, but risks are drastically minimized. Everyone should also remember that airbags are meant to be used in conjunction with seat belts. People not buckled up can be severely injured or killed by airbags even if the accident is minor.
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Please, buckle up, tell your passengers to do the same and always restrain infants and children properly, even if you're driving a short distance.
And, lawmakers, the fine for noncompliance should make a strong statement about the value of life and health. Make it big enough that people want to avoid it.
What's in a name?
Noting that Aaron Burr, despite his service as vice president before killing Alexander Hamilton in a duel, is rarely represented in public monuments, I offer a simple answer to what to do about the Jefferson Davis and John Hunt Morgan statues in Kentucky.
Most Kentuckians, like most other Americans, probably could not identify either historic figure represented by sight anyway. Instead of removing the statues simply change the names on the bases. Jefferson Davis could be Beethoven, Patrick Henry, Leonardo da Vinci or other benign personage. John Hunt Morgan could be changed to Man o' War and Jockey. No more problem.
Monies that are available for Power Plus should be procured by Sen. Mitch McConnell. This fund could be extremely beneficial to Eastern Kentucky. This fund is for mine reclamation and economic diversification. We've all heard the continuing diatribe about "Obama's war on coal."
Here is the opportunity for McConnell to do something positive for the commonwealth. His actions will show if he is for his constituents or for partisan politics. The question being: would he readily accept this offer if the president was Republican?
Sadly, while abortion is legal in the United States, it doesn't mean every woman can get care when she needs it. Abortion coverage for low-income women remains one of the leading barriers to reproductive health care in this country. As hundreds of new abortion restrictions were enacted in the last few years, the real-world impact falls hardest on low-income women, who are more likely to be women of color, immigrant or young.
That why's Congresswoman Barbara Lee's EACH Woman Act is much needed and long overdue. We don't always know a woman's circumstances — we're not walking in her shoes. When it comes to the most important decisions in life, such as whether to become a parent, it is vital that a woman is able to consider all the options available to her, even if she is poor.
It's time for politicians to stop interfering with a woman's ability to make her own important health care decisions by imposing restrictions on abortion coverage.
Penalty for cruelty
To the slime who dragged an innocent dog to its death in Lexington, brutal honesty is the only option: There is a special hell for you and I hope you find it sooner rather than later.
Jack H. Taylor
Keep fences white
It is a well known myth that Kentuckians are "not the sharpest tacks in the box" and painting the fences black at the Kentucky Horse Park would go a long way in removing any doubt of this claim.
With three prisons within about one mile of the Horse Park, let us demand putting some of our unused prison labor to work repainting the white fences at our internationally known Horse Park.
Please, do not paint our traditional white fences black! The local,state and national prisoners housed nearby should be the answer to the labor needed with with just a "thimble full" of planning and cost.