City needs own Internet service
The mail arrived with a Time-Warner bill and a letter of explanation for new charges. The rates are going up — no surprise there.
The letter says that "the rates providers charge us for these channels continue to rise significantly."
Just one fact proves the lie of that rationale. The monthly rental cost of those little boxes with the wires — the ones that I have paid for many times over — is almost doubling. I guess those units got more expensive just by sitting in my TV room.
When the TWC contract comes up, Lexington should dump them in favor of another carrier like Comcast. Oh, wait. TWC is going to merge with Comcast — then they can really stick it to us.
To object to the merger, send email to ComcastTWCMerger@fcc.gov. It could mean that you will save money and get better service in the future.
Another longer-range solution is to get behind the effort for Lexington to have its own super-fast, publicly owned Internet with phone and TV.
If Chattanooga can provide its residents with reasonably priced 1,000-megabit service (10 times as fast as is possible with TWC), Lexington certainly can.
Poverty wars don't work
A week or so ago I read three columns about Shaping Our Appalachian Region thing. I could not figure out what they were about. They were all different and vague. Then I saw the answer.
It was right in front of me in the middle of the page: Joel Pett's cartoon of an Obama drone dropping $1 billion on Eastern Kentucky.
I worked in Eastern Kentucky for the Department of Forestry and later as a social worker. I remember the "Happy Pappy" work program and LBJ's War on Poverty. There were several other programs, some by industry.
They all failed. The only constant was a lot of flatlanders made a lot of money and the plight of the people was unchanged.
When the greenbacks start falling the jackals and hyenas come running. And the people will again be left without hope in poverty.
The term "diversity" first represented differing solutions and opinions with which to confront a problem by consensus among varying slants and outside-the-box thinking.
The term seems to have been hijacked by those who substitute political correctness for success.
In the corporate world, this term has been associated with racial bias in its reverse form, not upon merit but by personal qualifiers not connected to one's ability.
When starting a business, do you hire a diverse staff or a qualified staff?
Could this be why you never hear the term concerning the NBA or NFL?
As fans, we want to see the most qualified and best performer, if we spend our dollar. Political correctness and diversity in its misguided form may pass the smell test, but you still wouldn't want to step in it.
Insurance firms unchecked
I would like to know if there is any way that the state of Kentucky could check on vehicle-insurance gouging.
Vehicle insurance is a law and insurance companies know this. In a way they have us over a barrel and they can just about name their own prices on insurance policies issued to Kentucky drivers.
If my vehicle value depreciates every year, then shouldn't my insurance premiums decrease?
I have had one vehicle accident in the past 25 years. To put my granddaughter on my vehicle insurance policy, full coverage, would cost me $3,600 every six months. I really think this should be looked at as we as taxpayers need to know our rights.
Nonsense is increasing. This is not new. What is new is that it is increasing at an increasing rate. This is similar to the expansion of the universe, which is speeding up.
Studies show that as nonsense increases, a remarkable effect takes place. Hokum and truth both become more valuable. This is called the Nonsense—Truth Equation.
Expanding nonsense is not a threat. The problem is people may believe it. This leads to whole populations being misguided. Under normal conditions, nonsense would result in laughter, merriment and ridicule.
Being surrounded by silliness is nothing new. It is the depth of it today that amazes. The public must equip itself for this flood.
This defense is labeled Bracing for the Oversupply—Tide of Silliness.