Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

Wednesday's Post

July 9, 2014

I don’t have a pet animal but I do have pets

July 9, 2014 — After a lifetime of listening to friends and co-workers talk incessantly about their pets, I have decided to share some words about mine…my pet peeves.

I recently discovered that one of my favorite restaurants now raises its menu prices 15-20 percent on weekends.

That’s an example of pure greed like the gasoline retailers who crank up the pump prices on holiday weekends, during summer travel periods and apparently whenever they feel like it.

Those of us who don’t smoke really enjoy passing through the puffers who clog and cloud the entrances of smoke-free public facilities like restaurants and hospitals.

My company held a daylong sales meeting for 50 persons in a major Lexington hotel with two fancy meals but we couldn’t get free Wi-Fi access during our stay.

Those who still watch network television surely enjoy the networks bragging about a new “hit” show before the first episode airs. If it’s any good, folks will watch it again.

How many times have you had to swerve or hit the brakes when someone coming down a ramp onto an interstate highway never looked for oncoming traffic? “Yield” must not mean what it says.

One of my favorites is the driver who stays in the left lane on a divided highway instead of allowing other motorists to use it for its intended purpose – a passing lane.

If you blow the horn or wave at them to change lanes, they usually just smile and wave back.

I support efforts to keep highway workers safe but must we enforce the 55-MPH speed limit in work zones at night and on weekends when no one is working?

I respect all law enforcement officers but don’t appreciate those few cowboys who go flying past when there is no emergency.

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Wednesday's Post
  • Will we ever talk like folks from other parts?

    My daughter was on her first visit to the West Coast home of her future husband’s family. She was asked if she wanted to accompany his sisters on a shopping trip. Her response was “I don’t care to.” As the hosts were loading their car, they were surprised to see her walk toward them and start climbing into the vehicle.

    August 13, 2014

  • Can we rid ourselves of keyboard cowards?

    Keyboard cowards. They are all around us, even among us. It’s another term I wish I had coined myself. I heard a prominent, respected citizen utter that phrase at a community meeting as she told of a smear campaign against a high school student by jealous classmates.

    August 6, 2014

  • Old hospital is gone but not the memories

    Today’s concern about the fiscal health of Kentucky’s rural hospitals reminded me of one of my assignments as a reporter many years ago. I was sent by the Ashland Independent to Grayson to write a story about the closing of Stovall Memorial Hospital, the place of my birth some 24 years earlier.

    July 30, 2014

  • ‘Who’s gonna fill their shoes’ a key question

    That question was the title of a great country song released in 1985 by the legendary George Jones. That scenario also applies today to the communities we call home and our local organizations that make life better for all of us.

    July 23, 2014

  • When neighbors were really neighbors…

    Lately I’ve been remembering why I’m glad I grew up in a small town where neighbors were really neighbors, not just someone who lived next door or across the road.

    July 16, 2014

  • I don’t have a pet animal but I do have pets

    After a lifetime of listening to friends and co-workers talk incessantly about their pets, I have decided to share some words about mine…my pet peeves.

    July 9, 2014

  • I make no apologies for loving my country

    Friday is the birthday of the United States of America. As an American, I’m incredibly proud of that fact.

    July 2, 2014

  • Can’t everyone grow their own vegetables?

    The sight of home vegetable gardens brings to mind a gardening adventure worth sharing. My friend and I heard someone say at church that growing your own vegetables could save money while providing your family with better, fresher food.

    June 25, 2014

  • ‘Let’s go fly a kite’ is more than a song title

    Are you concerned that too many kids today are preoccupied with handheld electronic devices and don’t know how to play outdoors? I, too, shared those feelings until a recent visit to the seashore with my grandchildren.

    June 18, 2014

  • Old ways, old days sometimes look better

    Dr. Jack Ellis, Morehead’s senior resident historian and a dear friend, sent me a copy of a clipping from the Jan. 24, 1935, issue of the Rowan County News, now called The Morehead News. “Woman fined in county court for gossiping” is the headline.

    June 11, 2014