Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

April 7, 2013

In Your View

The Independent

ASHLAND — Local drivers fail to use blinkers

I just came back from a trip to Lexington. While there, I noticed all drivers were using their blinker signals before turning. 

After checking, I found that all cars and trucks manufactured after the early 1960s were required to have “directional signals”  installed.  I also discovered  it is the law in that fair city to use your turn signals or receive a citation from law enforcement, up to $58.

What a concept for Ashland, Ironton and Huntington: Using turn signals that are already on our vehicles. I know it would distract from eating, drinking, phoning, and all the other things we do besides driving safely on our roads. Think of all the fender benders and insurance claims we could eliminate, just by the click of a little handle.

As far as enforcing the use of turn signals, there is probably an obscure city ordinance somewhere with dust all over it that is never used. Mainly because our officers and deputies do not use them, either.

Just think, driving through your downtown with someone giving you a signal that they intend to make a turn, instead of jamming on their brakes and then turning, or just make an oncoming turn in front of you, nearly missing an accident.

I think the Big City guys may be on to something. Maybe we all should start using our directional signals.  If you forgot where they are, look around the steering column. Happy motoring.

Don Stewart, Ashland

Before casting the first stone ...

If at all possible I would like to ask everyone to take a moment to open their minds and consider this thought for just a moment: To everyone who opposes gay marriage or believes that your Bible gives you the moral authority to dictate the rights of others, your children will look back at you like we look at those who told blacks and women that they didn’t have the same rights as white men.

Think about that before you cast the first stones.

Cat Stewart, Ashland

Valet parking badly needed

One of the worst moves ever for King’s Daughters Medical Center was to stop valet parking!

I fully agree with the April 4 letter. Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital still has free valet parking whereas KDMC charged for its service. I never once heard any complaints  for having to pay. 

The parking near KDMC is horrendous and feel sure many, including me, have a rough time walking the distance from wherever they park to their designated appointment.

Parking in the lot across from Med buildings A and B and walking to those buildings is tiring and exhausting for elderly patients with breathing problems, walking etc., and especially for those who live alone and have no choice but to drive themselves.

Another huge reason the valet parking is so badly needed is weather conditions. I have seen elderly individuals walking in cold, rain, snow and icy weather.

Surely, KDMC could eliminate some funds used for some non-essentials like costly pictures/prints hanging on every wall there. Yes, they are lovely but I think the parking should take priority.

Please search for someway to bring this service back to your hospital.

Thelma Thompson, Worthington

U.S. 23 cleanupto be May 11

Spring means warmer temperatures and blooming flowers.  Spring also signifies “spring cleaning,” as in the Ashland Alliance U. S. 23 Cleanup. This year’s sweep of trash along the Country Music Highway from South Shore to Catlettsburg is set for Saturday, May 11, from 9 a.m. to noon. 

Volunteers are needed to pick up debris and trash along the 50-mile stretch of roadway in Boyd and Greenup counties during the annual clean-up.

We are trying to educate our youth as well as our entire region on the issue of keeping our area clean for this generation as well as future generations. The individuals who work this cleanup see firsthand what happens when people litter. Our hope is they go back to their families, schools and jobs and educate people on not littering.

For more information on how to volunteer your business, church or civic group, call Missy McCalvin, Boyd County volunteer coordinator, or Paula Mayo, Greenup County volunteer coordinator, at (606) 324-5111 or  email missy@ashlandalliance.com or paula@ashlandalliance.com

Missy McCalvin, Ashland Allianc

Immigrants add much to country

Legislation addressing comprehensive immigration reform is of utmost importance to me, an American-born citizen, with rights and privileges afforded to me, and as friend, neighbor, co-worker and relative of people born outside of the U.S.

It is easy to consider the topic on the congressional floor in terms of what to do about illegal immigrants, border security, and worker visas; however, it is more important for American citizens to consider the effects of these decisions on the quality of life of  the many people we encounter on a daily basis in our lives — for services, for jobs, and for our overall quality of life. It is important for us to discuss the pathway to citizenship for undocumented people, the inhumanity of separating families, and the unjustness of returning people to unstable countries.

Both Diversity Immigrant Visas and Family Reunification Visas have not only added to the cultural richness of our country, but have been critical to our economy. In past decades, both parents in many immigrant families  worked, but when the family was able to invite other relatives, like siblings, families were able to leverage their human capital to create businesses that led to jobs and economic growth. Presently, the proposed Family Reunification Visa legislation only allows families to send for spouses and children,

In addition, Diversity Immigrant Visas provide opportunities for people who may have limited options to come to the United States.Many people who want to emigrate to the United States will never have this opportunity. This is why it is critical to maintain both the Diversity Immigrant and Family Reunification Visa programs.

We must not lose sight of the contributions of immigrants to American culture and life as we consider immigration issues.

Harriet Lewis,N Organizing for Action, Oak Park, Ill.