Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

July 27, 2013

RAY DAY: Do I ever get upset?

Kokomo Tribune

---- — One reader asked whether I ever get mad enough to blow up.

I have to say that I do, but I try to block out those things that get me riled up.

There are some things that really need to be addressed, so maybe a few of them will get the attention of those who could do something about it.

When I drive the speed limit on the bypass and a truck comes buzzing by at a rate of speed faster than it should, I get mad. If the passing of a truck or car causes you to feel the force of it, that vehicle is moving too fast.

I can’t wait until those trucks start driving the new bypass, because moving them out will help the ones who drive safely.

For years we have been called “Stoplight City” due to all the lights, and maybe we can do something about that, too.

And those “no turn on red” points, like Morgan Street and the bypass, are just downright silly and should be changed. Time spent at the intersection just waiting for the light could be used for other means. There are several more on the bypass that do the same thing. I sometimes wonder about how much of our valuable time is wasted just waiting for them to change.

Another thing that really gets in my craw is the type of programs on TV that are just too filthy to watch. Why can’t a program be watched without all those bad words? With the high cost of cable, you would think providers would try to put better family programs on for all to watch.

Oh, I know I can change the channel, but why should I have to when we have these large cable companies charging all of us high prices?

Have you ever just counted the ads that are keeping you from watching more of the actual show? I have, and many times there will be at least eight ads shown before going back to watch the actual show.

Now we go to the telephones and what we have to put up with each day. Charge companies constantly calling, trying to get our attention.

The receiver goes back on the hook in my house. If I want charge-card service, I will be the one to ask for it. Delete our name from your list. The time I have left in this world is mine, and I don’t need to have to get mad over what can be avoided.

Now about one that will probably get me in a jam with city officials: I have to ask, who’s lamebrain idea was it to put dividers in the middle of some of our streets? That is one silly thing to do. It creates a safety hazard for all who are not familiar with them being there.

Also the lighting in those places leaves much to be desired. I don’t think it does any good and should not be done on any of our streets, unless a vote is taken from the residents of our great city to do so. If I remember, one of our police officers drove up on one because he did not see it. It sure won’t help if an ambulance needs to get through.

I think I’d better stop before someone comes and tells me that I don’t know what I am talking about. We all have things that get us mad, and this writer is one of them. The thing is, we just can’t let them get us too mad. Life is too short to get so upset.

Ray “Uncle Ray” Day is a weekly contributor to the Kokomo Tribune. Contact him at uncleray@earthlink.net.