Clays Mill Road not an expressway, so slow down
This letter is directed to the citizens who regularly travel Clays Mill Road, particularly the portion between Keithshire and Man o' War.
This is a family neighborhood you are driving through. The speed limit is 35 mph. Those structures you are racing past are actually single-family homes. The owners of those homes patiently wait to exit their driveways while you put the pedal to the metal and speed by.
Before moving into my home in 1982, the Realtor mentioned there was talk of widening Clays Mill Road. That time has finally arrived, and when the project is finished, I think we will all enjoy the benefits of the improvements.
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In the meantime, please be patient and courteous to those of us trying to get out of, or into, our driveways. Please don't create a third lane (into our yards) where there is none because someone is turning left. Please don't become impatient and blow your horn because you had to slow down to allow one of us to enter our property.
And, oh yes, we do use our turn signals hoping we won't get rear-ended. And for Pete's sake, don't distract yourself from the task of driving by phoning, texting or messing with the radio.
Leave earlier, take your time or, best choice, just select a different route.
Carter hardly worst
Regarding the May 26 letter that claimed Barack Obama supplanted Jimmy Carter as the worst president, I'm a bit astonished that someone in this day and age thinks Carter is the all-time worst.
I'll have to assume the letter writer was in a coma during the years 2000 through 2008 for the name George W. Bush was, curiously, not mentioned. How can one talk about failed presidents and not name today's gold standard?
Carter is not an unindicted war criminal who ordered the senseless slaughter of tens of thousands of innocent Iraqis. Carter did not publicly refer to our Constitution as "a piece of paper." Carter did not wreck our economy and astronomically inflate our national debt through unfunded wars and irresponsible tax cuts.
Carter was a poor administrator, an uninspiring speaker and too honest for the public's taste. However, despite all his faults, he had more faith in America and its ideals than any other president in my lifetime.
Bush was never anything more than a smirking frat boy who treated his presidency as an entitlement. To talk about failed presidents, one should at least be honest. That letter was anything but.
The new Republican Congress has voted on a budget that would again cut taxes for the rich and turn Medicare into a voucher system, a voucher system that will throw elderly people into the snake-pit of the free market.
The Republican plan is absurd. Why would health insurance companies cover people with pre-existing conditions and advanced age? Without the president's health care mandates against exclusion there is no way an insurance company is going to offer health insurance to people at the end of their lives, because there is no way for it to make money.
The second part of their plan is to cut taxes for the rich while taxes are at a 60-year low. Republicans repeat the lie that tax cuts for the rich improve the economy although previous cuts for the rich have failed, revenues have fallen, the wealth did not trickle down and the rich got richer while the poor got poorer. The George W. Bush tax cuts put our economy into a state of collapse.
Should we repeat the failures of the Bush economy while ignoring the success of the Clinton economy? Bill Clinton raised taxes on the rich and created the best economy in American history. Bush cut taxes and created the worst economy since the Great Depression.
No Republican president has balanced a budget since 1951. The last three times America has voted for a Republican president we have gotten a recession and a failed economy. Why continue to vote for trickle-down economics when it doesn't work?
That's the ticket
In response to a recent letter that described a "disturbing experience" when attempting to purchase season tickets for the 2011-12 season of Broadway Live, I am compelled to respond. As with all performing arts centers, theaters and sporting venues that offer season tickets or "subscriptions" there is a courtesy time period that is reserved for current season ticket holders to renew their subscriptions before tickets are offered to new subscribers, and finally to single ticket buyers.
The writer, as a new subscriber for this season, was informed that she was welcome to order season tickets immediately and that the order would be processed right after the current subscriber renewal deadline had passed, on June 20. Ordering early places a new subscriber in the most favorable position for best seats available.
This procedure is standard with any season ticket offering, including University of Kentucky sports or other subscriber-based series. Maintaining or improving seat location is a primary reason for purchasing/renewing subscriptions.
We are certain that should the letter writer call the Norton Center or any other venue offering season tickets she will find a similar policy in place. We proudly stand behind the courteous and professional service offered through the Lexington Center ticket office. We welcome all patrons, both current and new subscribers, to enjoy our 35th Anniversary of Broadway Live at the Opera House.
Luanne A. Franklin
Opera House Program Director
U.S. should default
The United States has borrowed itself into such a financial hole that the only feasible way out is default on the national debt. The country will probably do that soon and should, perhaps under the auspices of the United Nations. Soon, we will not be able to pay even the interest on the debt, much less the debt itself.
Under bankruptcy reorganization, the U.S. would use the present interest payments for domestic needs in a budget that would have to be balanced and approved by the United Nations. The budget would be balanced by cutting military spending by 50 percent to 60 percent and ending all ongoing wars. Foreign aid would be suspended.
These monetary savings would first guarantee Social Security by repaying money borrowed from the trust and, secondly, ensure Medicare and Medicaid. Jobs that have been sent abroad would be brought home by law, while taxes on manufacturing and businesses would be lowered if they were hiring.
Taxes on the wealthy would be increased 10 percent, and Social Security FICA contributions, paid now on the first $109,000, would be extended to all earned income. Medicare reimbursements would be cut 50 percent, requiring doctors to work for what the state can afford while supplying low-cost malpractice insurance.
Investors would know that we were headed for national financial soundness. The debt would be paid off eventually through budget surpluses such as we had under President Bill Clinton.
This would be like war. But if we don't default responsibly, it will be defeat.
Keith A. Williams