Columnist should give a voice to unborn, too
Although I don't always agree with the views of Merlene Davis, I have come to regard her as a voice for those who don't always have one, particularly those in the African-American community.
That is why I was so surprised to read her column celebrating the 75th anniversary of Lexington's Planned Parenthood. Doesn't she realize how many "voiceless" children, particularly those of African-American heritage, have been quietly and efficiently silenced through the abortion services offered by Planned Parenthood?
In the words of Shirley L. Jones, president and chief executive of Planned Parenthood Kentucky, the organization "does more to prevent unintended pregnancies than any other organization."
And oftentimes those children that are conceived are silenced through abortions. I am disappointed by Davis' lack of concern for voiceless little ones who also need someone to speak for them.
A recent editorial cited several reasons and statistics why the proposed ban of non-emergency cellphone use by commercial drivers should be supported.
One point was the fact that tractor-trailers represent 10 percent of miles driven on interstate highways but account for almost 20 percent of the vehicles involved in cross-median crashes.
These numbers fail to reveal which vehicle was at fault or that non-commercial vehicles account for 80 percent of these crashes.
The next statistic, that cross-median crashes account for just 3 percent of interstate crashes but result in 32 percent of interstate fatalities, also failed to consider what percentage of commercial vehicle drivers were at fault.
Here are some numbers from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the agency that regulates truck and bus drivers and records industry statistics.
From 2007-08, the number of fatal crashes involving large trucks decreased by 2 percent. The number of large trucks involved in all motor-vehicle crashes declined by 4 percent. In 2009, the largest reduction in all categories of involvement in fatalities was 26 percent, by large trucks. The number of multivehicle crashes involving large trucks was down 34 percent.
I do agree with the editorial that "the trucking industry and regulators should do more to keep tired drivers off the road." Unions and safety groups have advocated and lobbied for reduction of hours a driver may work and better compensation for decades.
Support for doctor
I am greatly saddened by the news that Dr. Surinder Sabharwal has been charged with prescription-drug trafficking.
I have a 4-year-old son who has reactive airway disease and he is a client of the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department. We have spent many hours waiting for our various antibiotics and inhalers in the pharmacy of the health department and have been waited on countless times by Sabharwal.
He always treated us with kindness and patience but, more importantly, he listened to my worried questions and always gave me reasoned responses and calmed my fear and panic. The pace in the pharmacy was often frenetic, but, no matter what was going on, he stopped, listened to my concerns and tried to help.
No matter what has transpired, I will never forget his kindness, and I wish him the best.
Lax immigration costly
While the massive influx of undocumented immigrants crossing our borders isn't the only reason for our deteriorating economy, it does cost billions to allow them food stamps, health care, etc.
Wake up and quit making excuses for invaders of our country. It's time they pay their own way.
Where wealth goes
In 1972, Richard Nixon normalized relations with communist China. Rather than opening new markets for American goods, it provided rich Republican-owned manufacturers access to a massive pool of cheap labor.
Despite the American worker being the world's top producer, American industry has continued to close factories and move your jobs overseas.
Per the greedy Republicans, this movement of jobs was necessary because businesses could not compete if they had to pay American wages. That lie fails when you note that Toyota opened a factory in Georgetown in the 1980s, pays decent wages, and not only competes but dominates its market.
The corporate rich gave your $15 an hour job to a communist at 15 cents an hour and pocketed the difference. The recent increased wealth used to be the billions of dollars of wages that you used to earn. This is the real redistribution of wealth that the Republicans never mention. Then these loudmouths harp in Congress or squawk in the media about the jobless being lazy worthless bums.
The rich boast of being job creators, only those jobs are in Asia. They talk of class warfare if you dare suggest putting an equitable tax on the rich.
How un-American. But what could be more un-American than closing an American factory, throwing thousands of hard-working Americans out of work and giving their jobs to godless communists?
And you continue to vote for the Republicans. Why?
William S. Watts
Attracting the best
For another year, the University of Kentucky basketball program has the No. 1 recruiting class in the nation.
Many fans have shown their distaste for one-and-done players, but colleges are adapting and having a premier NBA-producing team will attract the best players.
Unfortunately for those fans, it only makes sense for these athletes to play one year of college ball. Running the risk of your value dropping due to more talented players or injuries in college is silly. No player should ever give up a first-round draft pick in order to play another year in college.
These players need to look out for what's best for the school, and so long as Kentucky keeps getting the best talent around the country we will be successful and exciting.