Ban cell phone use while driving and during work
Improper cell-phone use occurs every day in our country. Cell-phone use while driving must be banned immediately by all states and a fine imposed on all who do not abide by this ban, with a higher fine imposed for continued violation of this law.
Cell phones are great to have for emergencies. But any more, these devices are totally misused by drivers, with the end result often serious injury or death.
Recently, there have been several instances where people have been text-messaging in automobiles and commercial vehicles. Our government needs to immediately enforce the proper measures to protect all citizens by permanently eliminating cell-phone use while operating any motorized vehicle.
If a person should receive a cell-phone call while driving, then be courteous of other drivers and pull off the roadway or simply refuse to answer the cell phone. I would like to know why people think they must constantly have a cell phone glued to their ear.
Recently there have been reports of cell-phone abuse that involved patients at two health care facilities. Surely the employees responsible for these disgusting actions should have realized that this would be a form of patient abuse. I firmly believe that state officials should investigate the abuse and punish these individuals.
Technology has ruined this generation of young people growing up in our country. I would like to see cell phones banned from all work environments.
Stephen M. Boyd
Be fair to everyone
Imagine if we didn't spend years and years bickering about abortion and gay marriage. I'm not suggesting that these topics never be discussed, but suppose our country's efforts were concentrated on more pressing issues such as health care and education.
Suppose we let men marry men or women marry women. Would it be that bad? Would your heterosexual life be invaded somehow? No. Step out of the religious box and think about it. Suppose we mind our own business and let doctors, pregnant women and their families make the decisions that are best for them. Would it be that bad?
I agree that abortions are tragic and unfortunate circumstances as much as the next person, but a woman's decision is none of my business. The common label "pro-abortion" put upon people who are pro-choice is false and insulting. No one is "pro-abortion." Let's all work together to reduce abortions and keep pregnant women safe and educated.
There is no doubt that opponents of gay marriage and abortion are selfishly rooted in their own religious views. Keeping this in the political arena is a detriment to everybody. Keep religious views in the church and in your private life, not in the tangible, physical and social fabric of our society that needs to be fair to everyone.
Aid kids' programs
I lost my only child, my son Daniel, in 1990 at the age of 4½ months. When I read about University of Louisville basketball Coach Rick Pitino losing his boy Daniel, I immediately felt a soft spot in my heart for him.
I wrote him a letter about what happened to my son and sent him a picture of Daniel. He sent a letter back to me full of encouragement, understanding and compassion. God bless you, Rick Pitino.
My son would have been 19 years old this year and I am still here, changed forever. Only a parent who has lost a child will understand this.
I find that parents such as Pitino who have lost children and start programs such as Daniel's Care, started with money from a foundation created by the Pitino family, are very sincere in their efforts.
Another good program, SaraCare, was started by Eddie and Norma Kennedy of Berea after losing their precious daughter, Sara, to a rare form of cancer.
The Ronald McDonald House, which is where we stayed from March 28, 1990, until we took Daniel home on June 3, 1990, is another good program. We always put our change in the Ronald McDonald House box.
There are a lot of good programs for children that were started by loving parents who have endured one of the worst tragedies a parent can have. We need to support these programs even in this time of financial troubles.
It is time for Americans to realize the mistakes made by the Bush administration. If torture methods (waterboarding, sleep deprivation, humiliation) are not torture, then we need to employ them in our law enforcement and discipline methods in our military, police, corrections and schools.
If they are not good enough for Americans, then they are not good enough for our captives (detainees).
It is time to end the rhetoric and be honest with all Americans. Did we start an unjust war? Yes. Did we murder innocent soldiers and civilians? Yes. Did we strike fear in the hearts of others to keep our power? Yes. Should we be punished for what we did? Yes.
It is very simple, as black and white as the other issues that were proclaimed in the Bush era. Now is the time for all involved in the Bush/Cheney administration to face the truth. As it says in the Bible, "The truth will set you free."
Are you born-again Christians or cowards who cannot answer truthfully for your actions? Christians don't act this way, they turn the other cheek. Do the right thing.
George Robert Leach
E. Ky. still beautiful
I was born in Letcher County in 1927 and am 82 years old. I love the mountains. My father and two other men were killed in 1951. I moved to Perry County in 1951 and have worked in 14 counties around this area. I have a son, daughter, three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
I worked for 23 years for a milk company and 15 years for the Falcon Coal Co., and we never put a truckload of rock and dirt in a stream. Today, the land is used for cows, horses, deer and elk.
There are also hospitals, schools and $200,000 homes on this land. I would like to invite the May 27 letter writer from Richmond and all who would like to see the beautiful mountains to come to this area.
A visit would prove to the people that are trying to put down Eastern Kentucky that they are not telling the true story of the strip-mining jobs and the mountains.
Have the people in Richmond and to the north said anything about the farms they are destroying in their area?
Elmer Meade Sr.
I don't understand it. I just really don't understand it.
All the government officials in Pakistan and Afghanistan scream and holler about all the civilian casualties supposedly caused by the American forces, whether on the ground or from the air.
Yet they don't complain about the many civilian killings caused by local terrorists which outnumber by many times the ones supposedly caused by our troops.
I just don't understand it.