Roads clear, sidewalks not
Lexington did a fine job clearing all major arteries and most secondary streets by late Saturday or early Sunday morning. Virtually all commercial establishments and churches had plowed their vehicle egresses and parking lots.
The main effort involved plowing, not salting, resulting in minimal slush and environmentally damaging salt residues. For a motorist, I would grade the city’s performance with A.
The response as regards pedestrians tells a radically different story.
In the south Lexington district where I live, roughly half to two-thirds of residences had cleared sidewalks by Sunday night. Because of those who did not, especially at the corner lots, a school child navigating the sidewalks would have to make repeated detours into the streets.
Tates Creek Road was deplorable. About 10 percent of the sidewalks, on both sides between Cooper Drive and Dove Run Road, had been cleared by late Sunday. Plows had pushed up high berms of ice and snow, cutting off crosswalks completely.
Among the six churches that line this stretch of road, only two made an effort to clear their stretch of sidewalk. Also negligent were two of four banks and the Speedway at Mount Tabor.
As a city, we can do better than this.
Robert E. Stauffer
Think of pedestrians
Why is it the businesses and properties surrounding the University of Kentucky do not clear their sidewalks after a snow or ice event?
Do they not realize that the majority of people living in the area are going to be pedestrians? Clear the roads but not the sidewalks?
There are several businesses that clear their parking lots by pushing all the snow on to adjacent sidewalks, thereby making them impassable for days after the event.
Where is Jake Gibbs, the 3rd District council person, when we need him?
Ignore the highways
Why do people fill the interstate highways during serious storms?
The city and state should ignore all the super highways for cleanup purposes and work on the cities so people can get around to meet their daily needs of food, medicine and other life-sustaining items.
We have never seen a snow plow on our street, yet we pay the same or more taxes than others who get that benefit. And these passersby clogging the interstates get free service.
Gray excels; Bevin fails
Mayor Jim Gray, his staff and the streets and roads employees did a great job dealing with the massive snow storm.
Let’s give these city employees some thanks and recognition for a job well done.
Dealing successfully with crises such as this weekend’s blizzard demonstrates to the business community and prospective employers that Lexington is a solid, well-run city that would be an excellent location for the relocation of their corporate headquarters. Competent government leads to economic vitality.
Meanwhile, Gov. Matt Bevin flew off to New Hampshire on Saturday to speak at a political event, while thousands of people remained trapped in their cars on Interstate 75 overnight. The traffic jam was so bad, it was featured on the NBC Nightly News.
I would like to ask Bevin: What was so important about that speech? How do you think that national news story made Kentucky look? Do you think the traffic jam will make corporations more likely, or less likely, to relocate to Kentucky?
What are lawmakers hiding?
The silly bills that some legislators try to pass with false information never cease to amaze me — charter schools, for example.
You cannot improve education by taking money out of a system to start a new system. This will just weaken the current system.
Privatizing schools in other states has not worked. Some schools are not up to par but that could be corrected with more money. If employees are not performing up to expectation, deal with them. Taking money out of the system to finance charter schools would just make it worse.
Instead of working on bills to hurt working people, like the right-to-work for less, they need to be working to raise the minimum wage.
Instead of making a bare-boned budget, they should care for the poor. We all know children in poor families will be hit the hardest.
Instead of eliminating Kynect, they should be improving health care and making it more affordable.
They need to be working harder on getting public employees’ pensions fully funded. You can bet the legislature’s pension is well funded, probably over-funded for a part-time job.
The taxpayer doesn’t know for sure since they won’t release this information. What are they hiding?
Owen D. Humphress