Abandoned kitten's tale ends happily
Around 10 p.m. Oct. 2 at the Athens-Boonesboro Speedway, my friend spotted a tiny kitten under his car. Obviously some uncaring idiot had put it out at that spot.
With minimum coaxing the little guy came to me and crawled up my shoulder, purring and licking me. Having rescued four (they're still here), I couldn't handle another but was determined not to leave it.
Pumping gas was one young lady who, when asked if she could take it, gave me a firm no. I approached another car with two young ladies and asked "could you take this little guy — I already have four." Much to my surprise and relief, one said "I sure will" and immediately took the kitten. She and her friend started bonding with it right then.
Say what you will about today's youth, but at least a few have character and heart.
I didn't get her name but told her there will be extra stars in her crown for helping the most helpless of God's creatures. To the lowlife who put it out to be run over or killed by another animal, God knows your name, too.
A recent letter writer was correct about one thing: Many people do confuse the terms debt and deficit. Beyond that it was a comedy of errors. President Barack Obama's "cutting the deficit in half" is the result of cutting it from the massive heights of $1.5 trillion that his administration, not President George W. Bush's, is responsible for.
And while Bush did double the debt in his eight years in office, Obama managed to double that amount in five. And the staggering bill for his Affordable Care Act is only beginning to come due. The left has been trumpeting this fiction of Obama, the deficit cutter, for nearly as long as he's been in office.
Plan Versailles growth
Versailles is planning to annex 241 acres, currently agricultural but planned to become residential.
Access and traffic on U.S. 60 were a concern years ago with a previous residential proposal. It is imperative this property has entrances other than solely onto U.S. 60.
The local government must approach the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet about access methods before any development plan submission. The property is contiguous to public land that fronts on Huntertown Road where it passes over the Bluegrass Parkway. An entrance could be built to Huntertown Road and preferably would intersect with the parkway.
Less traffic forced onto U.S. 60 and safety can be benefits.
Bluegrass Parkway traffic is dangerous where it converges with U.S. 60 and simultaneously encounters business and residential entrances. An additional traffic-controlled intersection on the parkway, west of the convergence, would alert traffic that limited access has ceased.
The new access road could run from the parkway north to U.S. 60, perhaps eliminating the dangerous left turn from the parkway onto U.S. 60. This road would provide access to the "Workplace District" established in the 2011 Comprehensive Plan.
The annexation stipulations must include future mobility options. Access and future traffic uses must be planned up front.
Coalition for environment
The Kentucky Student Environmental Coalition brought more than 40 young people from across the state together Oct. 10-12 in Whitesburg to envision and build toward a sustainable future for Kentucky led by young people. The event was planned and presented by folks under 30.
Participants learned about work already happening around economic transition, protecting communities from mountaintop removal coal mining and building a renewable energy future. Participants also visited mining sites and witnessed the destruction impacting many communities.
Most important were the conversations around bringing this information home and using it to spur campaigns and initiatives to create a Kentucky that young people could be proud of and stay in post-graduation.
These ideas included alternative economic systems, worker owned-cooperatives, building local economies and convincing our campuses and communities to invest in initiatives that safeguard our futures and provide sustainable, green jobs.
The coalition is a network of students and young Kentuckians from over 15 campuses and communities who are united in their understanding that it is up to our generation to build the sustainable and just future we all need to live healthy, productive lives. Find more information at www.kystudentenvironmentalcoalition.org.