Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

May 26, 2013

In Your View

The Independent

ASHLAND — Common sense needed on bridge

Wouldn’t it be great to have someone working on the Ashland bridge that has a little common sense?

I came across the Ashland bridge on Sunday and saw the bent beam. That beam is not broken; it is just bent and is the very end of the bridge. I would like to see the bridge engineers report that says why the bridge is now unsafe.

From Sunday to Wednesday all weight vehicles crossed the bridge and there were no problems. It’s still standing. Then, all of a sudden we are told only vehicles under 10 tons are safe crossing the bridge. Then on Thursday without warning, no one is allowed to cross the bridge. Now hundreds of people are suffering one hour or more delays because no one can figure out how to regulate a 10 ton limit!

Hundreds of people are losing thousands of hours and burning thousands of extra gallons of fuel because these people don’t have enough common sense to figure out how to regulate a 10 ton limit!

Anyone with an ounce of common sense would say passenger vehicles only can cross the bridge? Assign someone to sIt at the end of the bridge and enforce it. It could be a police officer or a Kentucky Transoration Cabinet employee. Someone with common sense would realize that would eliminate 90 percent of the congestion! Wow!

That’s so simple! Why didn’t they think of that? They have no common sense!

Joe Bounds, Ashland

Leader severs ties with Scouts

It is with much regret that I have severed my ties with the Boy Scouts of America after 24 years of service as a volunteer serving as scoutmaster and assistant district cCommissioner in Tri-State Area Council. I only put scouting second to my church.

This decision was made Thursday after the National Council of the BSA voted to lift the ban on “openly” homosexual youth becoming members. They left in place the ban on adult volunteers serving in that capacity. They should have taken the course that the military, I believe, should have maintained and that is the policy of  “don’t ask, don’t tell.”

Those who accept that lifestyle are the ones who are making it an issue. Some homosexual scouts have already gone on record that they want to change the culture further and allow adult leaders to serve as open homosexuals.

Sexuality issues like these have no place in scouting or the public domain. That should be a private matter. Why do we need to know that?  Would you want your young son placed in an environment where he will be mentored by in some cases by an older scout that might be openly homosexual, giving credence to that lifestyle?

The scout oath says, “On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country, and to obey the scout law. To help other people at all times. To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.”

By accepting an “openly” homosexual youth in scouting  you are in practice teaching the other boys that the homosexual lifestyle is compatible with the parts of the scout oath that says “duty to God” and “morally straight.” They can’t be because regardless of religious denomination the Bible has condemned the practice.         

 Doug Spillman, Flastwoods

Way to honor veterans nixed

As I finished reading the Thursday, May 23, story about the JROTC from Russell High placing flags on the veterans’ graves at Rose Hill, it compelled me to write about how upset I am they will not be able to place flags, as is my understanding, and luminaries by other volunteers at Bellefonte Memorial Garden.

This project has been under way for many years. When I read the story several weeks ago that this would not be allowed by the people in charge, I was perplexed. I have been a long-term volunteer and had not seen the problem stated in the story.

If memory serves, it was a couple of trucks — one with a small trailer — that drove the bags through the cemetery while the volunteers walked through the graves and placed the bags. The flags were placed prior. The volunteers parked behind the office away from the cemetery to fill the bags with sand and candles. So I know the vehicles were not a problem. The whole endeavor was finished before noon.

 Volunteers included Boy Scouts, who learned valuable lessons in service and respect. Others were Russell High students learning the same lesson. Some like me had parents who served in the military. Some just wanted to honor their family and friends. My parents served during World War II in the Navy. My father was a Pearl Harbor survivor and career Navy officer, while mother was an air traffic controller on a Navy air base.

I know the owners of the cemetery. I know them to be good people, but we need to show respect for our veterans for their service and sacrifices. As for me, I plan to place two luminaries and two flags this weekend on my parents’ graves to show my respect as well as my appreciation for their service to our country.     

Nannette Stevens, Flatwoods

At least Obama isn’t know-it-all

One of my chief objections to Barack Obama’s 2008 candidacy was the young and inexperienced U.S. senator from Illinois was in over his head. I maintained Obama knew nothing and did not have the proper background to take responsibility of the country’s affairs.

Let’s fast forward five years. Obama didn’t know his preacher, mentor and friend was saying all those awful things about America in church every Sunday. Obama didn’t really know Bill Ayers despite working with the man and hosting fundraisers in his home. Obama didn’t mean it when he said rural Americans are bitter people who “cling” to their God and guns.

Obama’s wife didn’t mean it when she said that Barack winning was the first time she had ever been proud of her country. Obama didn’t know his Justice Department was running guns to Mexican drug lords, resulting in American deaths.

Obama doesn’t have any control over the endlessly stagnant economy, the soaring debt or the crippling deficits — that’s George W. Bush’s fault. Obama didn’t know the IRS has been unconstitutionally targeting his political opponents or his campaign used leaked info from the IRS to attack his challenger in the 2012 election.

Obama didn’t know Benghazi was terrorism, which explains why he blamed the video for two weeks — but he also claims he called Benghazi an act of terror beginning with the day after the attack. Obama didn’t know his Justice Department has been spying on reporters and seizing their phone records.

It’s evident now that Obama knows nothing and shirks responsibility. Where does the buck stop? Not with Obama. He is either wildly incompetent and truly knows nothing of these scandals, or he is a corrupt liar deserving impeachment. I hope the former is the case although neither points to a positive outcome for America.

Alex Barker, East Lansing, Mich.

Use designated driver when out

Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer, and this much-anticipated holiday is Monday. It’s a fun time when families and friends gather to celebrate with backyard barbecues, boating on the river and other outdoor activities.

It’s also an opportunity for all of us to help keep our community safe. As fellow citizens, Triple Crown Beverage Group, Eagle Distributing Co. and our employees are renewing our pledge to be or use a designated driver over Memorial Day weekend and any time alcohol is part of our plans.

Throughout the Tri-State, these are our roads and we have a shared responsibility to keep them safe. We want to remind everyone: However you get home this Memorial Day weekend, please designate a driver. Have a safe and joyous Memorial Day.

Nick Williams, General manager, Eagle Distributing Co., Ashland

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