I believe we who live in Winchester have control if we all start filling up in other counties. Warn friends visiting this area to fill up before or after the Winchester exits.
At this point in time, it is a safe bet you will pay less filling up in any surrounding county.
Gasoline is cheaper in Lexington, Richmond, Berea, Nicholasville, Mount Sterling, Paris, Georgetown, etc.
Most of us work, shop, or travel to other counties, so give those stations your business.
There seems to be no other way to communicate our dissatisfaction with Winchester's gasoline prices.
What is wrong with Winchester? Why are people being charged up to 30 cents a gallon more for gasoline? Is it just because people in Winchester are willing to pay more?
It is a mystery I'd like an answer to.
Bottom line, please avoid Winchester stations until their prices fall in line with other counties.
Mary Ann Ingram
Everyone should know how to use a dictionary
To the Sun:
I grew up in Winchester, and I remember hating looking up definitions, a required homework every week in spelling.
The teachers taught me how to look the words up in the dictionary, and I got pretty fast at it.
My oldest son started middle school this year. He got his first assignment of the year yesterday.
He had no clue how to look up words in the dictionary. I had to teach him. I think
that knowing the meaning of a word is as important, if not more important, than knowing how to spell it. The only way to expand your vocabulary is to learn new words and the proper way to use them.
In the business world today, it is very competitive. I feel we should give our children the extra edge and help them grow their vocabulary so that they will always have the best foot to stand on.
I am not sure what our children are being taught but being able to look a word up in the dictionary, I feel, should be a must.
My son was instructed to look them up online. That isn't going to help him because while you are looking in a dictionary, you sometimes run across an interesting word and read the meaning of it.
You should learn more than just your required vocabulary words.
I know my son found several new words and their meanings after we had a lesson on using the dictionary.
Most riders shouldn't have to wear helmets
To the Sun:
"Wearing a helmet should be the law," your editorial said.
Yes, and you should have to wear a helmet in your car, and so on and so on.
Why don't you know-it-alls stick to things you know about and let us bikers do what we know about - namely, riding?
I have been a motorcycle rider for over 50 years. I do own a helmet, which I wear as I deem conditions dictate, not because it's the law. I do wear a helmet at night.
I believe that youth and the inexperienced need protection. Years on the road make an experienced rider, not age.
I'm not so sure that mandatory helmet laws shouldn't be required until 21 years of age, not 18, and that a person should ride for at least three accident-free years, no matter what age, with a helmet.
So many questions
To the Sun:
I read with great anticipation the response to my letter by City Commissioner Kenny Book.
He devoted his time and effort to point out the procedures used to deny the Wal-Mart gas station, and evidently was trying to illustrate the engineering marvel the Wal-Mart parking lot truly is - where there are no traffic jams, frequent wrecks, people in the wrong lanes turning against traffic. Yes, that parking lot is a centerpiece of the works of the city commission.
All those extra spaces are being utilized too, usually by car shows, metal collection points or fireworks tents during July. Yeah, I'd rather have that than a gas station that would force competition between the other stations.
I would like to point out other highlights that have been ignored up to now.
Like, during these times of exorbitant gas prices, why some of the lights in Winchester are still on timers instead of traffic-actuated? (Go down Main Street and you will see what I mean).
Why isn't the light at Boonesboro and Belmont an alternating one so that people could actually turn left without having to wait for the light to change about four or five times? Traffic backs up almost to the Bypass at times.
Probably so people can take in the scenery along the way, like the library, which keeps raising their tax rates to compensate for diminished use.