Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)


October 6, 2013

In Your View

ASHLAND — Date rape not limited to young

I met a man on-line when I was 50 years old.  I talked with him for a year and a half and then went  with him to dinner. Everything went fine. I went a few more times and things were great.

On one occasion, he invited me to his place to  talk and “hang out.” He offered me a drink and I accepted. I remember nothing after that.

I found out a few days later that I had been drugged, raped, beaten and left paralyzed by this man. With no memory or evidence to support my case, no legal action was taken.  I spent the next  two years in rehabilitation from this event.

I have residual numbness in my hands and feet and bladder. I will have to do physical therapy for the rest of my life to stay limber.  I always thought that date rape was a young person’s worry. It is not.

Kay Nolan, Ashland

Here’s an idea: Lay off Congress

Many in Washington proudly remind us that they keep a copy of the Constitution in their pocket. They should read it. These politicians constantly complain that whatever they don’t like is unconstitutional. The outrage this week is the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). 

 This beautifully written document they have rolled up in their pocket says that when legislation is passed by Congress and then signed by the president, it becomes law. Another thing they should brush up on is that when needed, the Supreme Court interprets the law. The Supreme Court said the A.C.A. is legal. 

For motormouths like Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, that hasn’t sunk in. Cruz’s 21-hour rant last week was mildly amusing, but you just wonder why such sustained babbling can’t be used to make America’s world rankings in things like education, affordable health care, safety and many other things rise to the top.

Cruz threw his party under the bus and was scorned by other Republican senators. While Cruz’s bore-a-thon increased his popularity among like-minded supporters, it’s interesting that he voted against what he had griped about for 21 hours.  

U.S. Rep. Michelle Bachman, R-Minn., said, “It’s exactly what we wanted, and we got it.” What they got is some 800,000 non-essential government employees have been furloughed, costing the U.S. economy $200 million a day. Among the losses are the employees of Yosemite, NASA, the Washington Monument and the National Zoo. 

Why not lay off Congress? Are they really essential? They have essentially messed things up.

Why not let the remaining employees at NASA load our men and women in Congress into a mega capsule and blast them into space where they can finally get their act together?        

James Juett, Ashland

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