Many distracted drivers detected
As I was out and about doing the errands needed to run a household, I was amazed at the amount of adult drivers whipping and swerving around our city streets with disregard for public safety or courtesy while chatting away on their “smart” phones.
Several times I was ushered to the edge of the roadway while a mother with a SUV full of children drifted into my lane while checking her mascara in the mirror and sending a text on her “smart” phone.
I am constantly amazed how these other drivers seem to assume that since I am paying attention to the task at hand, they can turn their cars into a personal office and set the automobile on autopilot.
Why is it my responsibility to make sure that these multitasking individuals are not taking out my quarter panels or shoving my rear bumper into my trunk? If these phones are so “smart,” looks like they could put some kind of app on the thing that disables it if detects motion over 10 miles per hour. And the public service announcements on the radio asking teenage drivers to put the phone down while driving also should be aimed at the mothers and fathers setting horrible examples by texting, talking, emailing and networking on their “not-so-smart” phones.
In closing, please, fellow drivers, have some common sense and put away the phone for the measley five minutes it takes to get to the doctor’s office or Kroger’s or whatever. I promise that whatever conversation waits for those few moments will be well worth the time used for attentive driving.
The weather is warming up and more people will be out and about. Let's keep them safe by paying attention behind the wheel and have some courtesy for one another.
Cat Stewart, Ashland
Many distracted drivers detected
PAUL CHITWOOD: Ruling on same-sex marriage defies state constitution
News that U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn once again usurped the will of Kentucky voters is tragic and disappointing. By declaring gay marriage legal in the commonwealth, Heyburn defied the essential, foundational governing document that ensures order and justice, the Constitution of Kentucky.
In a state like Kentucky with the number of adults who have not graduated from high school is much higher than the national average, undereducated adults have been encouraged to earn high-school equivalency degrees by studying for, taking and passing the General Educational Development (GED) test.
Primary election sends messages
The voters — or at least the minority who took the time to go to the polls Tuesday — have spoken, with Boyd County voters sending mixed messages in the county-wide races that gathered the most attention.
Click it or Ticket
"Click it or Ticket” is a phrase used so often in recent years most of us hardly give it a thought.
Thumbs up to Trooper First Class Shane Goodall of Flatwoods for being named 2013 Trooper of the Year for Kentucky.
05/18/2014 — This Week in the Tri-State
Magolene S. Fraley 1929-2014
Magolene Spears Fraley, 84, of Wurtland, died Saturday in Community Hospice Care Center in Ashland.
Morehead State graduate student Kayla Keeton, who received her undergraduate degree from MSU last spring and is now studying for her MBA at the school, has received a $5,111 grant from the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development to help her start Belles of the Bluegrass, a high-tech wedding planning business.
Recovery Fest celebrates kicking addiction
The wet weather no doubt impacted the size of the crowd at Saturday’s Recovery Fest 2014 at Veterans Riverfront Park in Ashland, but there were plenty of reasons for addicts who are now drug free to celebrate and for speakers like State Sen. Robin Webb, D-Grayson, and others to talk about the impact the prescription drug epidemic has had on this region and for others to distribute literature and offer words of encouragement that could convince some to seek help in their battle with their drug addictions.
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