City should not ban ride-sharing
The public needs some insight about the Uber service available in Lexington.
The app is free and the rates are set to be competitive with the local taxi service.
After every ride, the rider rates the driver on a one to five star basis. The rating system will not allow any driver who does not provide a satisfactory experience to continue to provide service.
Uber service provides an alternative transportation option that is cash-free and reliable. When requesting a ride, the rider is provided with a picture of the driver, the vehicle's license number and the type of vehicle.
The rider can track the progress of the driver to the pick-up location and the route the driver takes. An estimated cost of the trip can be requested.
Rider satisfaction is incredibly high and the process is very efficient. After requesting a ride, the rider can contact the driver directly.
I hope our city leaders will continue to allow this service to be available to the community and will lift restrictions from the taxi services to allow fair competition.
Uber is currently available in 100 countries and 250 cities.
Davis unqualified to judge
Just a few words about another typical poorly thought-out diatribe from columnist Merlene Davis:
If Davis could stop and gather facts before whining about not being treated like a "63-year-old, overweight white woman," we would all be better off and she would be less bitter.
Instead of helping to heal, she follows what seems to be her paper's party line: divide.
Who would know more about the legal process, the statistics and crime in general? Davis or Fayette prosecutor Ray Larson?
Who would know more about the Ferguson, Mo., and Staten Island cases? Davis or the grand juries assembled?
Who would be more qualified to speak about any police case, regardless of the color of somebody's skin? Davis or the police involved?
And to all protesters who lie in the street, wear sloganed T-shirts and cause disruption: ignorance is bliss, apparently.
Double standard on race
Eighty years ago, Franklin Roosevelt, in his first inaugural address, told the American people, "the only thing we have to fear is fear itself."
He never could have foreseen fear being a commodity employed by Fox News in furtherance of the right-wing political agenda.
The latest example is the focus on reactions to the grand jury's failure to indict the police officer for killing Michael Brown.
Fox completely ignored the frequency with which blacks are shot by white cops and never held accountable.
Comedian Jon Stewart did a show highlighting the hypocrisy of Fox complaining about racial fear merchants and comparing it to Fox's constant fear mongering about everything Obama.
If white people were shot by black police officers at the rate black people are shot by white police officers, white people might have something real to fear.
If those black cops were never held accountable the same way white cops aren't, there would be something to be angry about.
What Americans should fear is the trend shown by the statistics of these shootings happening nationwide.
Now add the Eric Garner case and even when there is film of the incident, no indictment occurs.
James F. Wisniewski
Ark developer flush
I was happy to read about the nationwide advertising campaign, including an electronic billboard at Times Square, that has been launched by Answers in Genesis.
By expending excess resources in this way, Answers in Genesis has publicly affirmed that it has plenty of extra money to go around and has no need of government subsidies.
Bad acts get punished
There is a growing trend among a lot of people that are allowed to rob, beat, rape or kill; and if they are caught all they have to do is stop and put their hands up and no harm should come to them.
They believe that it is their right to not be harmed in any way. And when they are harmed during apprehension for the crimes they have committed, they cry wolf.
When they are harmed, they and their families and friends also complain and pronounce to the world that they have been victimized by society in the form of racism for the way they dress or the color of their skin or their beliefs.
It's sickening that a small number of people who hear a lot of rhetoric growing up really believe this is the way things should be and when they encounter others who will enforce the laws of the land or defend themselves they quickly find themselves in a deadly situation.