Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Opinion

February 7, 2013

In Your View

(Continued)

ASHLAND — Closing street not about safety

This is in response to The Independent’s Jan. 28 story about the closing of Adena Street in Wurtland and its interview with Police Chief Phillip Piercy.

The chief says it was his decision alone to close this “hazardous” street.

If Piercy is worried about the safety of people, why would he recommend people living on Uhlen Branch use the Ky. 503 crossing? (Records of the June meeting verify this asinine proposal.)

The Chinns Branch and Uhlen Branch intersections are dangerous. There have been several people “T-boned” and killed or injured at these junctures in addition to numerous other wrecks.

Crossing Ky. 503 entails bridging four lanes of traffic at 55 mph or faster. When foggy or on other days with limited visibility, the danger is increased. 

The opening of the Northeast Kentucky Industrial Parkway has increased traffic on U.S. 23, especially regarding the number of heavily loaded commercial vehicles. The heavy trucks carry hazardous chemicals, fuel, acids, oil, etc., all passing near Wurtland Elementary.

This stretch of highway needs flashing lights during school hours, the speed lowered to 45 mph and traffic lights installed at these intersections.

The opening of the new Russell-Ironton bridge will only increase traffic in this area. A car or a school bus loaded with children is going to be in an accident. It’s not if, but when.

Chief Piercy’s “study” of his hazardous “run in the ditch survey” pales in comparison with the danger he and the city are placing my daughter and three grandchildren in. Is a little inconvenience worth the life of a single person or child? The concern of the people living on Ky. 503 has always been a safety issue, nothing more and nothing less.

Earl Ferguson, Wurtland  

U.S. helps arm child soldiers

The logic of President Obama’s gun control policy is I need to jump through hoops to make sure I’m not a threat to children, but it is somehow in the national interest of the United States to provide weapons and training to foreign nations that use child soldiers.

I really have a hard time understanding this policy. None of us would want our 12-year-old sons or daughters going off to war, but the United States wants to give money to countries that don’t have a problem with that.

Gaylord Cooper, South Shore

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