Bad signs for the public good
The American Planning Association Kentucky chapter opposes rewriting regulations to permit the establishment and expansion of electronic advertising devices.
LED-type billboards were not allowed under the earlier interpretation of the Highway Beautification Act. The draft regulations will allow trade-offs that favor the billboard industry.
Three or four static boards, depending on the type of roadway, may be traded for a new LED board that carries six changes of message every minute.
We also oppose granting permits to prune and remove vegetation along highways for the sole purpose of viewing off right-of-way, off-premise billboards because:
¦ Section 2 of the draft (603 KAR 5.155) specifically addressed granting a permit to prune or remove vegetation for purposes of improving the traveling public's safety, eliminating hazard to personal property, enhancing the visibility for the traveling public and eliminating unsightly conditions and improving roadway aesthetics.
¦ Site visits will be required to determine the accuracy of the location of trees to be pruned or removed and those not to be touched. Site visits would be required to verify that the work complies with the permit. If these visits and related work do not constitute a staff expense, then the public is subsidizing this effort that benefits commercial enterprises.
Tammy O. Markert
Legislative chair, American Planning Association-Kentucky
Waste of city money
Really, do we need to spend almost $400,000 to tell us where bad city roads are? Gosh, I would do it for half that much.
Just drive your car anywhere in Lexington and within a quarter of a mile you will know how bad the roads are. What a waste of money.
I hope the company that is using that modified vehicle is not charging by the hour because all the stoplights they get stuck at will cost us even more.
Jim Gray should be known as the mayor who fixes our roads and traffic lights, not the mayor who spent too much on arts and projects that are outlandish and not needed.
I am one of his supporters. He should fire whoever thought this was a good idea. It is not hard to figure out what roads need work. They all do.
While he's at it, he can also find out what traffic lights are not working properly, like we all don't know that. Don't spend money to tell us something we already know.
On a recent Monday, I visited the Japan Friendship Garden, Yuko-en on the Elkhorn, in Georgetown.
Upon arrival I met a gentleman who was picking up trash, cigarette butts and plastic bottles strewn on the grounds by recent visitors.
I learned later his name was Tony and he volunteers six mornings a week to gather and dispose of the trash left behind by visitors.
As I walked through this beautiful park, I was saddened to see the debris left behind by disrespectful people. There had been a wedding the day before, and along with the items listed above there were several wedding bubble bottles and garbage on top of and beside the trash can.
I thought how disrespectful and ungrateful one would have to be to exhibit such behavior. How fortunate we are to have a place such as this to enjoy, and yet people are unwilling to respect the area as they should.
Thanks to Tony for his dedication in helping to keep the garden a serene and well-groomed place to enjoy.
Economic doom coming
Rumors of the end of the dollar and demise of the U.S. currency are running rampant.
I want to know what action Sen. Rand Paul is planning to protect the people of Kentucky from the catastrophic collapse of the economy and the devaluation of the dollar.
The national debt is at $18 trillion and headed higher. Something must be done to get the value of U.S. currency under control.
It is essential that a committee (preferably of conservatives) be summoned from the nation's most brilliant and experienced financial experts to develop a plan to avert the imminent economic catastrophe.
Paul's father, Ron Paul, is speaking out about the impending economic disaster. We need assurance that our senator recognizes the problem and has a plan.
Is the plan to put us in Federal Emergency Management Agency camps under guard, control the supply of food and water so we all become servants of the state? What is going on?