LETTER: ‘Feel good’ laws punish the rest

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To the editor:
The Fools of Frankfort are trying to pass a bill that would drive the cost of over-the-counter drugs up tenfold because of a doctor’s visit needed to get prescriptions.
WHY? They almost draw blood now to get something for the “Ohio Valley Crud” at drug counters.
This is a feel-good law of no good other than to punish the good guys – us.
You know, I’ve worn out two sets of tools since childproof caps have become mandatory, trying to remove them.
I have to renew my wife’s handicap parking every two years and take off the parking tag from the mirror when she’s not in the car, or handicap parking space, just because Frankfort passed a law to keep the bad guys from stealing them.
I burn more of my gas, nearing $4 a gallon, because the local yokels control the speed limits and don’t know that every automobile and truck built starting with the 1985 model year has overdrive to increase fuel mileage by 15 to 25 percent for less consumption; but that would mean raising speed limits above 35 mph because overdrive comes into effect between 36 and 42 mph.
I can’t burn my trash or papers because of pollution, but we fill the landfills daily with items that would burn and could be used for energy.
And no one does anything about the pollution put off when vehicles stop and leave traffic lights or stop signs or drive below overdrive speeds.
Jefferson County wants to make people waiting to pick up children at school turn off their engines, but just go by a hospital and see the ambulances running, or police cars that can’t be turned off because they won’t start back up and the lack of power disrupts their computer systems.
There is a backup system for these vehicles, but the buyers would rather burn fuel than get new batteries every three months.
Based upon what we pay for roads in Kentucky we should be able to drive safely at 100 mph, but too much money goes to the over 240 transportation departments. I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of the bump in the road every time I cross a city, county or state line.
We all know that Ky. 146 runs in several counties with bumps at every transportation department change.
I personally would like to shut down some government so I could keep my money, not pay for more useless bureaucrats that do nothing but draw big salaries, get better health care, and retire at salaries making more than they earned.
The only words for this kind of government is, “Do nothing and make us all happy.”
John Nichols