Alumni roundabout dark path to crash
I grew up in England and moved to the U.S. in my mid-20s. I had extensive experience navigating roundabouts, even ones with three lanes and mid-roundabout traffic signals.
Since moving to Lexington, I have had no problems with the installations on Old Frankfort Pike and Reynolds Road.
On a recent Saturday night, however, while heading from Tates Creek Road toward Nicholasville Road on Alumni Drive, I made a real pig's ear of navigating the first roundabout — in fact, I never saw it throughout the whole process.
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The first indication of its presence was the sudden appearance of a dividing island. I erroneously took the right-hand lane and ended up on College Way. Realizing my error, I quickly turned and found myself entering via an exit. I had no idea where I was or was supposed to be, as it was pitch black.
The roundabout is invisible until you're right upon it; the signs are small, mounted high up and, thus, of little use. My neighbors had an identical problem on the same route.
Both roundabouts need floodlighting and better signs immediately; otherwise, there are going to be some very serious accidents.
Kim Davis histrionics
Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis can free herself from the threat of jail at any time by telling an assistant clerk to issue the licenses or by resigning. Resigning from her job doesn't mean she has to resign from her beliefs. Her beliefs are not under fire. She can go to church and praise our lord. She is not being asked to condone or accept gay people.
This country's history of civil rights and liberties demonstrates that the Supreme Court often acts to promote the greater social good. Davis has been given a long time to comply with the law. All she had to do was her job. U.S. District Judge David Bunning, a Catholic, has stated that he he has his own beliefs but he did not allow his personal beliefs to interfere with his duties as a federal judge. He respected the separation of church and state, and I thank God he did.
Davis' histrionics should not tarnish your view of our wonderful town. Morehead is full of intelligent and compassionate people.
I believe in God, and this is one of my favorite Bible verses: "Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall."
I was shocked to read the Sept. 21 story, "U.S. soldiers told to ignore Afghan allies' abuse of boys." This story of sexual assault also told of some soldiers facing discipline for beating up a pedophile.
These soldiers should be getting the Medal of Honor. Instead they are told this is part of the Afghan culture and to look the other way.
Why doesn't President Barack Obama invite some of these soldiers to the White House like he did the three men who stopped the terrorist on the train in France?
Maybe if Donald Trump or Dr. Ben Carson get elected president, we can start changing some of these policies. If not, America's only claim to fame will be No. 1 in political correctness.
Excuse the hole
What are we going to tell our Breeder's Cup guests if they ask about the big hole in the ground downtown? Are we going to tell them that many historic buildings were torn down and the big hole dug without the funds to complete it? I'll bet they will think that was very dumb. Donald Trump, oh I mean Donald Webb, told us to dig a hole years ago and we are still waiting to find out what to do with it.
I work for the post office in Lexington and would like to shed light on some of the conditions part-time workers have to go through. We are required to work seven days a week. We get no benefits and no vacation time.
Management makes it almost impossible for us to get a day off even if we have medical problems. With the holidays coming up we will be worked even harder.
City carrier assistants are forced to do 10 times the work of regular carriers but receive less pay and much less respect. Things need to change in this line of work.