PLEASE let people know which lane to get in, when coming out of Brownsville Dollar Store and going straight onto KY HWY 70/Morgantown Road. I have seen people use both lanes to go straight since there is no straight arrow painted...Which would help.
Thanks, Rausa Moutardier
Darren Doyle, Editor:
The Edmonson Voice receives dozens of emails, messages, and phone calls throughout the week, ranging anywhere from inquiries about articles and ads to how "Rachel" from "card services" can save us money.
Readers sometimes send letters to the editor in the form of emails or Facebook messages, and we've also received typed and even handwritten letters, but today we received a unique phone call from a local army veteran with an interesting, yet sad story.
The man wished to remain anonymous so he didn't write a letter. He said he served two tours in Iraq and two more in Afghanistan during the years between 2005-2012.
"A couple of weeks ago, I went for a motorcycle ride and left the house with my army-issued jacket," he said. "As I started down the driveway, I realized it was a little too warm for the jacket so I stopped and hung it on my mailbox with plans on getting it later."
He never saw the jacket again. The man said he rode for a couple hours but when he returned, his jacket was gone. Someone had taken it from his mailbox.
He said that he wasn't one of those guys who always looked for someone to thank him for his service, nor did he wear clothing that drew attention to the fact that he was an army veteran.
"I don't want anyone to feel sorry for me or anything like that," he said. "I'm proud to have served my country and no thanks are needed and no one needs to know my name. Maybe someone really needed a jacket, if so, okay, but who does that?"
He said he'd like to have the jacket returned for the sheer sentimental value, but what he really wanted to say was that it's a shame that such a small item was purposely taken from his driveway in broad daylight.
We agree. If it were January and ten degrees, then maybe taking a jacket from someone's mailbox might seem like a good idea, but in late September, it really shouldn't be necessary to grab a jacket, especially an army-issued jacket from a veteran that served four different tours. Obviously nothing on the jacket gave any indication of four tours, but it's not hard to see that an object is military-themed. Most importantly, it's never any trouble to know if something belongs to you or not.
The army veteran didn't ask us to ask the public for help in getting the jacket returned, but we are asking.
If you have the jacket and would like to return it, contact the Edmonson Voice office at 270-597-6550 or send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. We'll keep your name anonymous and no questions will be asked. We'll even provide you with a new jacket if you need one.
Darren Doyle, story:
We try to stay away from opinion-based articles because we know that's not the reason people enjoy the Edmonson Voice; however, a recent experience has prompted me to write this piece because there's an apparent lack of knowledge when it comes to folks driving on the interstate.
Some of our staff did some extensive traveling last week to take care of a little business which caused the Voicemobile to cover several hundred miles on several interstates. After a couple hundred miles, I quickly realized that people have no idea how to drive on the interstate.
Growing up, I had family that lived in Florida, and we made the journey down each year, covering hundreds of miles on the interstate. My dad began teaching me the proper steps to interstate driving when I was 14 or 15 years old. It all was based around courtesy and common sense. Apparently that's a thing of the past...
Most interstates today have a minimum of three driving lanes on each side and each of those lanes have a specific purpose. The far right lane is for those driving the speed limit or slower. Most interstates have a speed limit of 70mph, so if you plan on driving around that speed, KEEP YOUR CARCASS IN THE RIGHT LANE.
The middle lane is for those going just above the speed limit, normally 72-78mph. Finally, the far left lane is for those who are in the most hurry and plan on driving 80mph +. Of course, anything above the speed limit is against the law and I'm in no way encouraging anyone to speed...just letting you know how traffic normally flows in three lanes, based on a 70mph speed limit.
If you'll notice, you'll see many signs all along the interstates that say "SLOWER TRAFFIC KEEP RIGHT." This is not a joke, it's not a typo, and it's not for the sake of making signs. It's to keep traffic flowing smoothly, and in most places, it's the law. There's a great site that explains the technical sides of this concept, http://slowertraffickeepright.com/.
Now that we've established the purpose of each lane, let's talk about another wonderful invention no one uses anymore...cruise control.
Cruise control has a couple of different purposes: 1. to reduce foot fatigue, but more importantly, 2. to maintain a steady, consistent speed. If everyone on the interstate kept their same speed as much as possible, surely there'd be less accidents and traffic jams. What does it accomplish to pass everyone, darting in and out of traffic, just to slow down and have everyone pass you five miles up the road?
Traffic gets slowed down mostly because drivers aren't aware of the other drivers around them. Let's say you've got two cars driving 72mph, one is in the right lane, the other in the left. You already have a potential for a traffic jam because instead of having three different lanes accommodating three different speeds, you now only have two. Here, the car on the left needs to speed up a bit and move over in front of the car on the right, then continue the desired speed. The middle lane is now clear.
Here's another scenario: You're in the left lane traveling 80mph on cruise control. You see a car quickly approaching you from behind. What do you do? From my experience, most drivers these days do nothing because they either don't care, don't notice, or don't know. The correct answer is to move over as soon as it's safe to do so to let the vehicle behind you pass. "SLOWER TRAFFIC KEEP RIGHT." If you stay in the left hand lane and the driver passes you on the right, you're doing it wrong. Period.
If you just stay in the left lane, you've bogged down traffic. The driver behind you will slow down someone else, and so on.
Huge traffic jams also occur when a lane closes and everyone has to merge. Why is this? Multiple studies have shown that most drivers start to merge as soon as they see a sign that says "Left lane ends in 1000ft, merge right," and this is where the traffic jam starts. You shouldn't merge immediately. Wait until you're about to run out of lane then put on your turn signal and merge when it's safe. Most drivers consider this rude, as you're "cutting line" against all the cars in the lane that doesn't have to merge but that's not the case. Merging too far back slows down traffic sooner than it has to.
The final thing that I noticed was that drivers constantly rode the bumpers of the vehicles in front of them, especially in congested areas where all traffic was slowed down. Because of this, we saw three different rear-end collisions due to not having enough room to stop safely. Please keep a couple car lengths in front of you if possible. According to figures from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), out of the 6 million car accidents that happen on U.S. roads every year, over 40% of them (2.5 million) are rear-end collisions.
Remember, "SLOWER TRAFFIC KEEP RIGHT." Use cruise control, be aware of all other drivers around you, use your signals, and move over to allow faster traffic around you. Oh, yeah, and PUT DOWN YOUR PHONE. The NHTSA reports that drivers are four times more likely to have a serious accident when using a hand-held device while operating a vehicle.
Safe driving is still centered around courtesy and common sense. Please use them. My dad was a great interstate driver on our family trips. I'd like to think I'm following in his footsteps when I get behind the wheel. Well, all except for the part that goes, "IF I HEAR ONE MORE SOUND BACK THERE, I'LL PULL THIS THING OVER AND.........."
by: Kentucky Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Dave Adkisson
Kentucky is a new state. Following the General Assembly’s 2017 session, historic by all accounts, we now find ourselves better equipped to create and expand opportunities for all Kentuckians.
Making Kentucky a place where new businesses are created, the ones in existence are retained, and expansion in all sectors occurs was clearly the intent of leaders in Frankfort this past session. In the last few weeks, our state has seen headlines about new investments in the state and the number of jobs that will follow. Most recently, we learned of 550 new jobs and a $1.3 billion investment coming to Kentucky.
The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce applauds Representative Michael Meredith for coming to Frankfort intent on making your region and our entire state a better place to do business. In their first week, with Representative Meredith’s help, the General Assembly took bold steps that put Kentucky on the map as a state “open for business.” Representative Meredith’s focus on getting job-creating legislation passed as quickly as possible has undoubtedly been a large reason our state has been seeing so many headlines relating to jobs.
Making Kentucky the 27th “Right-To-Work” state was vital to ensure the state be competitive in creating jobs. States that beat Kentucky to the punch on becoming right to work report faster per capita income growth, faster growth in manufacturing and non-agricultural jobs, greater capital expenditures, lower unemployment and fewer work stoppages. It was right-to-work states that experienced 8.6% job growth from 2006 to 2016. That’s double the rate of job creation compared to non-right-to-work states. Thanks to Representative Meredith and his colleagues in the General Assembly, Kentucky is now positioned to benefit from this important economic tool.
The Kentucky Chamber, representing thousands of businesses across the state, has long advocated for commonsense changes to help bring more jobs and opportunities to our state. We appreciate Representative Michael Meredith for the courage and leadership he displayed during the last session to help move our state in the right direction.
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Those of you that are familiar with my writing know that I simply answer questions for the most part and rarely write an entire article; however, after yesterday's Super Bowl, I thought I'd weigh in on some of the commercials.
I honestly expected every single one of them to have a political connotation, and really that's my own fault, but to my surprise only a few of them did.
Did you see the Audi commercial? It featured a young girl competing in a soap box derby. It was narrated by her dad who wondered if his daughter would be judged by her gender rather than her talents. The commercial went on to point out that Audi was currently fighting for equal gender pay.
I have no problem with equal gender pay for the same job. I have a problem with a car company telling me that there's a gender pay problem and that the given is the idea that a girl can't win a soap box derby fair and square. Last I checked, the car that finishes the race first gets the trophy, whether it's driven by a boy, girl, or Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer.
Is there a gender pay problem? That's not the point. The point is, I don't need a car company weighing in on the matter. Just make cars. According to Audi's website, all six members of their management board are men, and only two of their 14 person executive board are women. Maybe those women are equally paid to their male counterparts, but with only 10% of these decision makers being women, it doesn't look too good when you're preaching to me about gender pay equality. If I were interested in joining the fight for gender pay equality, why would I ask Audi? Just stick to cars.
The Budweiser commercial? I'm not a beer drinker, never have been, but the beer makers seem to have pretty entertaining commercials, except this one...It starts with Adolph Busch, a young German immigrant who travels to the U.S. to seek a new life brewing beer. He's greeted with shouts of "you're not wanted here," and "go back home!" The commercial ends with Busch landing in St. Louis and meeting Eberhard Anheuser. The two would later pair and create a brewing empire.
The problem? Well, considering the current political landscape, shouts of "you're not wanted here" and "go back home" are part of a rhetoric that is an extremely hot topic. Now why would you make a commercial right now that focused on immigration if you weren't trying to be political?
You see, Mr. Busch came to America legally. He is the true example of the American Dream. He worked his tail off and became a bazillionare. He didn't slip in here secretly from a place that wanted to kill Americans, nor did he climb over a border then move in with his sister and her 14 kids to start receiving welfare. Hey Bud, just brew beer...
Which brings me to the 84 Lumber commercial. This one starts out with a Latino mother and her daughter struggling to fight their way across a harsh Mexican landscape on their way to a new land, one we assume is the U.S. After fighting to survive a long journey on foot, they end up at a huge wall and they are devastated. They've come all this way, fighting for survival, only to find...a wall? The little girl gives her mother a handmade American Flag, crafted by bits and pieces of fabric and trash found along their journey. Gut-wrenching, right?
Yes...but why didn't they travel to a legal crossing point and go through customs? Because 84 Lumber wanted to make Donald Trump's "Wall" the problem. Whether or not you agree with a wall, it's against the law to come here by slipping in and beating the system, the same as it is pretty much anywhere else in the world. Last I checked, most people don't care anything about a lumber company's political view. A huge majority are just looking for a good deal on 2x4's. If I wanted to join the fight on America's immigration laws, should I contact 84 Lumber? No. Just sell lumber.
If your car breaks down do you take it to your tax man? Do you go to the barber when you have a sore throat? No. These businesses serve specific purposes, and we use them for those purposes only. We buy cars, beverages, and lumber from companies that sell cars, beverages, and lumber because they give us the best deal, not for political or other reasons.
And Lady Gaga? Not my style, but she killed the halftime show, like her or not. Those of you on the right that are making this political, stop it. She sang patriotic songs behind a beautiful American-themed backdrop. She just did her thing with no politics involved. During the performance, my friend's 5 year-old daughter said "Lady Gaga singed real good but she's weird." Was some of the show weird? Yes. Political? No. I don't care what her political views are, nor any other musician or performer. Just sing...I'll listen if you're any good.
If I see a sign that says "Buy John's Delicious Hamburgers Here" that's what I expect when I go inside. If I'm greeted by John and he says, "We have hamburgers but first, let me tell you about our effort to stop the abuse of elephants as I try to convince you to donate to our cause," I've just been duped and I guarantee you I'm headed for Bill's Delicious Hamburgers across the street.
So, my plea to car makers, beer brewers, lumber suppliers, and hamburger joints everywhere is to simply do your thing and leave the politics to someone else.