South Broadway danger zone
My office overlooks the intersection of South Broadway and Virginia Avenue where I have seen too many accidents over the years.
Recent increases in pedestrian traffic across Broadway from new student housing and restaurants could soon result in tragic accidents. Jaywalking or zigzagging on bikes or scooters across Broadway is nothing like crossing lower-traffic campus roads.
Day-long traffic jams in the area increase driver frustration and speed to dangerous levels through that intersection.
Drivers, please slow way down and watch out for walkers and bikers. Students, please slow down and follow the rules of the road. You probably won't get arrested for jaywalking, but you could get killed.
Don't let it take a serious injury to get everyone to wise up.
Witt a role model
It may seem odd that a non-resident is concerned about an election in Fayette County. My concern is based on a career in police service during which I learned that political decisions made in a region's core community will influence surrounding communities. This is certainly true in law enforcement.
Lexington-Fayette County has exceptional police leadership. Sheriff Kathy Witt accepts the responsibility to collaboratively serve with other leaders. She is a positive influence on the quality of life across the Bluegrass region. Witt labors daily to help construct and maintain a safe and healthy community.
Witt has never shied away from directly facing community and internal issues. She is an innovative leader committed to her community. I encourage the voters of Fayette County to re-elect Witt to serve all citizens of Fayette County and as a role model for the Bluegrass region.
Wear safety glasses
I read with interest and then consternation the Ms. Fix It article in the Aug. 24 Herald-Leader. I strongly urge the National Association of Women in Construction to make safety its first recommendation.
In two of the photographs participants are using power tools without safety glasses. Both of these tools pose significant safety risks. All tools, whether manual or powered, have inherent risks with their use and it is requisite that newcomers to this skill are knowledgeable and protected.
Having practiced eye care for 41 years I have treated countless eye injuries and problems due to careless use of tools or failure to wear protective lenses. Permanent damage or loss of vision can occur suddenly and without warning and would certainly affect these learners' future employment and lifestyle needs (driving, reading, etc.).
Acquiring a new skill or hobby is commendable and encouraged. Adding safety glasses to such classes is essential and should be common sense.
Ward R. Ransdell, O.D.
Many have spoken of those who revel in the decapitation of their defenseless captives as barbarian savages.
But what shall we say then of those who support the sucking out of the brains of partially-born babies in the name of choice?
Is there no bottom to the pit of depravity? Can any society long endure the practicing of such intolerable acts?
Lewis Hicks, M.D.
I agree with the owner of the Washington Redskins that he should keep that name for his football team. It is a source of pride for Native America and I think they have been put down big-time by the white people of this country.
Richard F. Randolph