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June 8, 2011

Inbox — June 8, 2011

Letters to the Editor

Legacy Bridge
In response to the “Bridge to infiltration” (LEO Weekly, May 25): Kudos to Mayor Fischer and the folks over at Kentuckians for Progress in their support of the downtown portion of the Ohio River Bridges Project in Louisville. This project is the last chance to restore my legacy — it seems every day another city turns its back on the elevated waterfront expressway. Milwaukee, Providence, St. Louis, Chattanooga, San Francisco, Seattle, Cincinnati, Portland, Duluth and New Haven have either removed or are implementing designs that minimize the presence of a waterfront expressway. It is good to see the leadership in Louisville is committed to 1950s-style infrastructure for the next 100 years. Despite the conventional wisdom among urban planners, economic development experts and today’s highway engineers, I am confident Louisville can compete with the only expanded, elevated waterfront expressway in the world.
Robert Moses, “father of the U.S. urban interstate system,” Bronx, New York
(Stu Noland, Downtown)

Winning!
I read your story about Oksana Masters (LEO Weekly, May 25), and it touched my heart. But then I went a step further and I met Oksana at the Java Brewing Co., and I can tell you that she is one of the most amazing young ladies I have ever met.

In life we are all dealt a hand to play — a hand we do not get to choose. The hand Oksana was dealt most people would have folded long ago. Half of the deck that Oksana was dealt was against her. Given the issues she has faced, they would make excuses — in a world of the “entitlement mentality,” most would feel that world “owed” them something. But from what I read in your story and have seen firsthand now that she is a friend of mine, Oksana Masters has taken the hand she was dealt and is winning in spades!

Anyone who has suffered abuse, anyone who has dealt with disabilities, anyone who has any issues of any kind can take inspiration from my friend. She is an amazing lady.
Chuck Follmer, West Point

Ark Spit
Now that a Kentucky state agency has approved more than $40 million in tax incentives for a planned Noah’s Ark-themed amusement park in Northern Kentucky, the citizens of this benighted commonwealth deserve a minimum return on this investment. If the original biblical Noah was able to corral a male and female of every species that didn’t fly or swim with a handsaw and a hammer, then the least these degenerate blaspheming heretic hustlers blessed with secular technology should be able to do is duplicate this obviously fictional process. Deliberately lowering the collective IQ of residents and visitors will not pay off in either the long or short run. We would be better off and cause less harm with a Spit ’n’ Smoke teen tobacco use theme park.
Vincent J. Callahan, Highlands

Proper Signage
I have been involved in many political issues finding the obvious is way too often ignored as well as good people doing too little and “showboating”— performing actions only for appearance. Regarding an obvious case of change needed, I have seen arrogance, as well as ignorance, on the part of local, state or federal officials and road engineers failing to do what is right. Gerard Gerhard, a retired Kentucky attorney general’s lawyer, has been pointing out, far too long, inadequate signage near highway curves, too often labeled on police reports as driver error, speeding, or driver impairment. (Note: 8,000 deaths occur in curves annually.)


Truth be told, signage is not in necessary spots or is inadequate. Engineers follow manuals and don’t place logical signage for the public’s safety. After a few deaths in this region, I have repeatedly seen inadequate signage along interstates. All these curves are still not adequately marked. What accident, even death, will happen (plus be mistakenly recorded on police reports) before proper signage is done? The answer could be some simple logic with effective, sizeable, bright signs placed in appropriate spots from drivers’ perspectives, not a manual. This is a lifesaving issue. Call your mayor, councilmember and state and federal legislators. Please act — it may be your own life.
Don B. Pratt, Lexington