Up those fines for texting while driving
News that young drivers are being shown the error of their ways through the use of simulators can only be applauded.
What I found particularly interesting was that many school systems are asking that the simulators be brought in out of concern about texting. Teen-agers who believe they can text in their sleep are shown just how much their driving can be affected.
In a July 15 editorial, you pointed out that texting while driving is up to four times more dangerous than driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Commendably, a ban on texting while driving in Kentucky has now been enacted.
And how will it be enforced? Well, until January, offenders will get away with a good telling-off. After Jan. 1, they will be hit with a massive $25 fine. Further offenses and you're really in trouble — a $50 fine.
Come on. If this offense really is four time more dangerous than driving under the influence, surely the penalty should be that much greater.
Time to speak up
Most of us know Edmund Burke's famous quote about evil prevailing when good men (and women) do nothing.
After the recent attack on a New York cab driver by a passenger who asked him "Are you Muslim?," it's clearly time to speak up for religious freedom and condemn bigotry. As a nation, we cannot claim to embrace freedom of religion by relegating American Muslims to second-class status.
It's time for our politicians, in all levels of government, to condemn such acts of violence and bigotry and remind all of us that we can't hold any claim to religious freedom if Muslims, or those assumed to be Muslim, are attacked in the streets.
Thank you, farmers
A big thank you to all the farmers and all those involved in bringing us the freshest fruits and vegetables to market this summer, as well as the opportunity to buy them with such convenience at the many locations in the area.
It's a small world
To the letter writer who said, "I'd vote for Mickey Mouse before I would vote for Jack Conway and President Barack Obama's socialist machine," that's amusingly appropriate, since Rand Paul seems to be living in his own version of Fantasyland.
So, apparently, are his supporters.
Election about Obama
I read the Herald-Leader to look for the latest attempt to smear Rand Paul; but as you can see from the polls, it is not working.
A lot of us on the conservative side — in and out of the Tea Party — also have our doubts about the wisdom of Paul. But the real issue is: Do we want more of the socialist agenda of Barack Obama?
Do we want more runaway government spending? Do we want more environmental regulation and the shutdown of our coal-fired power plants?
Do we want to pay $6 or more for gasoline because of the "cap-and-tax" bill? Amnesty for illegal residents? More liberal supreme court justices to eventually take our guns?
Instead of trying to tear down Paul, maybe his Senate opponent Jack Conway and the Herald-Leader could try telling us why a continuation of Obama policy will be good for Kentucky.
Rand Paul's revelation of his lack of knowledge or caring, in which he minimizes the devastation of drug addiction in Eastern Kentucky, should be the last straw for anyone still considering voting for him.
This is a case of needing to be careful what one wishes for. It would be a mini-repeat of the lesson we learned after George W. Bush's supporters thought they had accomplished something so great in getting him elected only to have him embarrass them by spending seven long years showing how bloodthirsty and incompetent his administration could be.
Do we want to have to keep making excuses for yet another U.S. senator who makes the rest of the country laugh at Kentucky?
Act of kindness
I was the unsuspecting recipient of a random act of kindness on Sept. 3 while in Arby's at Palomar Center.
I had placed my order and was preparing to pay my bill when I became aware that someone beside me was speaking to me.
I turned to see a pretty teen-age girl saying to me "I would like to pay your bill."
I thought I'd misunderstood what she'd said, but she repeated her request with a big smile. I was so overcome by her generosity, I'm afraid I did little more than thank her. She wished me a good day and hurried out the door.
This young lady touched this elderly lady in a way I'll not forget. What a beautiful, thoughtful gesture. Her parents must be so very proud of her. If I only knew her name.
Mary "Beth" Wallace
Easy job available
No raises for University of Kentucky faculty. No Top 20 research university goal met during President Lee T. Todd Jr.'s tenure. Cuts in state funding to UK.
This is what it takes in Kentucky to get a raise and bonus?
I'm putting my name in to be UK president since the job requires no success, and you merely need to suck up to the coal industry and stay close to the basketball coach.
Let me count the ways
Lexington Herald Leader, why do I love thee?
For starters: Joel Pett, he makes me laugh and cry. Merlene Davis and Tom Eblen inform and educate me. John Rosemond's column reminds me to thank God.
Paul Prather keeps me on track; the occasional Cal Thomas column makes me weep and shake my head in disbelief.
For those reasons, plus the fact that the paper goes so well with our morning coffee, I do love thee.
And so, keep up the good work — and please don't let anyone pay to send Pett to one of those evil social democracies. Not only will he get free health care, he'll also find himself surrounded by intelligent, tolerant people.
He won't want to come back, that's for sure.