Letters to the Editor

Readers' views: May 3

Can two-way streets handle lane closures?

The ongoing debate about one-way vs. two-way streets in downtown Lexington has generated much commentary. I would like to submit a concern I haven't seen addressed.

Most of the utility infrastructure in the downtown area is buried beneath the streets in the public right-of-way, accessible only via manholes, many of which are in traffic lanes. This includes communication, electric power, natural gas, sanitary sewer and storm drains. Important maintenance and construction work on this infrastructure requires blocking traffic lanes to access manholes. The current one-way street configuration allows for multiple lanes each direction and mitigates the impact of blocking a lane for utility maintenance.

I assume a transformation to two-way streets would mean each street would have one lane each way, with a turn lane in the center. Given this configuration, blocking any lane would have a much more significant traffic impact than the current one-way street setup requires.

If this activity must be moved to nights/weekends to lessen traffic impacts it will increase the expense of the work due to overtime costs, decreased productivity, increased setup/breakdown costs, etc. We should remember all citizens pay these expenses through taxes and utility bills.

I believe switching to two-way streets will increase traffic problems and make the area much less able to deal with upset conditions such as the occasional need to block a lane for utility maintenance, traffic accident, etc.

Joe Russell


BCTC parking woes

I'm writing to express my concern about the parking spots for Bluegrass Community and Technical College students. There is no designated parking on Cooper campus for students. There are parking lots that require a pass; if you do not have one you get ticketed $25 until they boot your car.

Attending BCTC, I would expect there to be student parking so I could attend class without coming back to my car and finding a ticket. Yes, you can buy a parking lot pass for over $100, but some students struggle financially already as it is.

The parking lot that connects to Commonwealth Stadium is plenty big enough to section off a spot for students attending BCTC or visitors to park.

Having a designated area for the students to park would help them out enormously.

Conner Johnson


Bill needed to pass

I am disappointed in the Kentucky Senate's failure to vote on Senate Bill 43. Nurse practitioners are the backbone of the health care system, especially in rural areas that have fewer doctors. It is vital that all people have access to quality medical care and advice.

This law did not expand the scope of nurse practitioners' practice. All it would have done is reduce the bureaucratic process by removing a single piece of paper.

All this paper does is allow doctors to maintain the illusion that they are better educated and prepared for treating patients. The doctors signing this agreement don't even have to see the patients.

Similar bills to this one have been passed in 17 states and the District of Columbia without adverse effect. This bill would have made it easier for nurse practitioners to serve the needs of their communities, and it is terrible that the Senate did not even debate the issue.

Senators kowtowed to the Kentucky Medical Association's lobbying. They should be ashamed of themselves.

Nicole O'Donnell, RN


Why fight dropouts?

I was fascinated with the March 19 article about the higher dropout age for Fayette students. I would like to express a few concerns.

There are some people who don't want to be in school and quite a few of them attempt to make this perfectly clear. They talk during class, annoy other students and make it very difficult for teachers to give the instruction they are paid to deliver. Some of these students' parents do not care what their kids do in school or even if they attend school.

These students are nearing adulthood and some of them will have physical confrontations with the teachers. Some of them will decide they are just not going to go to school but the school is going to be required to force them to attend. Some schools' budgets are already maxed out and they are going to be hiring someone to make these students attend and providing alternate programs.

You can isolate them from other students, but will that make them obtain an education? I don't think these students are seeking to drop out because the school doesn't have the instruction they desire.

Studies have shown that high school dropouts earn substantially less and are more likely to end up in jails and prisons. Couldn't it be that it is their psychological makeup and doesn't even relate to a lack of education? They don't want any instruction and they will end up in prisons and jails, regardless of this added instruction.

J.D. Miniard