The reporting on lowering speed limits leads us to believe that this is fait accompli. Every interviewee is on board to lower the speed limit from 35 mph to 25 mph. We are made to believe that this project is simply accomplished by spending $5,900 for 158 new signs. But let’s look at this more fully. To start, 25 mph sounds very 1950ish. Second, we are told that over 22.5 percent of the reported pedestrian accidents were in parking lots. Third, there is no mention of the number of times people are stuck in traffic not moving or hardly moving. And lastly, and most importantly, we are told that a key component is enforcing the new limit. So we can expect lots of police overtime to execute this plan and human anguish upon receipt of tickets.
What's the bottom line? Hundreds to thousands of pointless traffic tickets and millions of dollars of undeserved insurance surcharges, disrupted traffic flow, increased congestion and the creation of negative encounters between the police and those who frequently use our public street.
One final warning, people more local to these streets will be affected most because they are using them more often.
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Vincent C. Smith
A recent letter writer seems to be bitter, ignorant, hateful and misguided. He condemns Professor Ernie Yanarella for his intelligent, thoughtful, educated observations on the political behavior of our least educated citizens who routinely vote against their own best interests, economic interests.
While they may oppose social change and fear others, like homosexuals, and mistakenly fear loss of religious freedom, they actually have nothing to fear. They are free to practice any religion they want in their private lives. What they should fear is loss of health insurance and access to medical care.
I challenge the letter writer to study political science, study constitutional law and tune in to PBS News Hour on KET. Oh, one more thing: keep your hateful ignorant thoughts to yourself.
Some interesting events occurred following our recent election.
House Speaker Greg Stumbo gave a speech in which he embraced President Barack Obama yet seemed in opposition to the separation of church and state, given his ubiquitous references to the Bible. That combination is quite contradictory.
Matt Jones was quick to declare his Democratic Party in shambles, but still thought about running for office as a Democrat. Would that have been the political equivalent of a flea flicker?
In Lexington, all the illegally placed Alison Grimes signs downtown and around Bluegrass Community and Technical College remained up days after the election. It’s ironic because a big part of her job is being our state’s watchdog when it comes to elections. Perhaps that attitude has been a contributing cause of the Kentucky Democratic Party’s shambles.
These shambles are mainly the result, though, of a privileged class of good ol’ boy elected Democrats desperately trying to hold on to whatever power they can. They don’t want Kentucky to enter the 21st century. Their power’s maintained by holding us back. We spoke unequivocally to that attitude and took a big step toward future prosperity. We must continue to move our great state forward and share in Kentucky’s endless potential.
What a bargain
The Nov. 18 newspaper reported that Fayette County schools has hired Hiren Desai to oversee the district financial services, budget, staffing and human resources departments .Although not mentioned, I assume the person or persons who previously had responsibility for these areas have been discharged.
Nevertheless, Superintendent Manny Caulk assures us that this fellow is a “rock star.” Well, I suppose we can always use more rock stars.
Desai’s description of his duties at the Department of Education convinced me of the wisdom of this hire. He actually strung together the following: measured approach to budget reductions, reallocating funding for new initiatives, accomplished in a fiscally responsible manner, and building strategic plans around key priorities.
All this, and for a mere $140,000 per year. Come quickly, April 15.
Who’s going to pay?
I saw that another vigil was held to support the refugees, this time in Louisville.
I have a question: Who's going to pay for them? Why don't all supporters adopt a family and support it themselves? Don't give the Thanksgiving story to me, the Indians taught our ancestors how to hunt and farm, they didn't give them everything. If you’re bent on our ancestors taking everything the Indians had, your story is useless.
It’s easy for Tom Eblen and other leftist do-gooders to criticize those in Congress who are trying to protect the American people by slowing the flow of potential terrorists into the country.
After all, Eblen, unlike members of Congress, took no oath to protect America from its enemies.