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Wednesday, March 8, 2017 issue
2003-10-22 communities
This n' That
Those meddling kids
Tony Fyffe
What's up with the BOOM, BOOM, BOOM I hear these days?

I try not to be too critical of teenagers because I remember all too well some of the stupid things I did when I was their age. But I can't for the life of me understand why so many of today's teenage drivers insist on blowing everybody out of their chairs with their car stereos.

It's not the volume of the music I'm referring to; it's that LOW, LOW, LOW bass that comes thumping out of their vehicles. There have been many times that I thought the windows of my house or office were literally going to shatter due to that tremendously painful sound. It's no wonder parents yell at their children it's the only way the kids can hear them.

I admit that I sometimes like my music up a little loud at home and in my car, but there's a limit to the volume. If my neighbor's house or the car next to me at the traffic light starts bouncing up and down, I know the music's too loud. Unfortunately, not everybody is as respectful to his or her fellow man.

As I stated, this is not meant to be a critique on today's youth. As they say, kids will be kids, and although their behavior is sometimes questionable, they should not be deprived of doing kid stuff, such as listening to their music.

I just wish we didn't have to listen to it too especially a hundred miles away from the action.

God bless the man who invented ear plugs.

* * *

Young drivers aren't the only ones on the road who can sometimes be disrespectful.

Last week, I was in a funeral procession for my friend Jimmy's father and as we drove from the church at Harold to the cemetery at Ivel, I realized just how disrespectful some people are, not only to their fellow drivers but to the dead. As we drove to the cemetery, some impatient and rude drivers attempted to pass the procession. Luckily, a Floyd County deputy saw what was going on and situated himself in such a way that they couldn't pass. I got so mad at one car that I actually attempted to run it off the road in a not-so-noticeable way, then decided to stop because I didn't want to cause a scene.

How would that person feel if it was her family member who was taking a last ride to his final resting place? Would she not be upset by the behavior of other drivers? I think she would, if she had one ounce of compassion.

But the way she was behaving last Thursday makes me think she only cared for herself and for getting to her destination.

If there is any justice, she had a flat tire on the way.

* * *

I find it funny that Republican gubernatorial nominee Ernie Fletcher is being criticized by Democrats for his successful fundraising activities. For probably the first time in Kentucky history, the GOP candidate has raised more money than the Democratic nominee, and the Democrats can't stand it.

I remember when Wallace Wilkinson broke the record for fundraising in his successful race against Republican John Harper, who was vastly underfinanced. His successor, Brereton Jones, kept up the money-raising tradition four years later, prompting the General Assembly to enact a law limiting the amount of money candidates can raise and spend. The law was later eliminated.

Raising and spending money is part of the political game, and for Democrats to suddenly yell "foul" is ridiculous and hypocritical.

After all, they're the ones who wrote the rules.

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