Letters to the Editor for June 20, 2013


Published: Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 9:46 p.m.

Dodging pedestrians

In the article “Two years later, Main Street debate persists,” Bunky Mastin, the co-owner of The Wine & Cheese Gallery on North Main, said the project slowed traffic and he thinks that is good for businesses along the road and good for pedestrians trying to cross it.

I commute to and from work on Main Street. Not a day goes by where I do not have to worry about hitting a pedestrian crossing the road

Crosswalk? Who's heard of that or used them or the signs which say walk or not, let alone look at the lights? People seem to enjoy jumping into the road without regard to traffic.

The reason that traffic has slowed down is because drivers have to dodge people running into the street. Let's not mention when it's dark.

Jonathan Woodrum,

Gainesville

Appropriate response

Protecting their child from threats is one of a father's many responsibilities. However, relying on the U.S. Congress to act on a similar impulse to protect constituents from the threat of climate change would be a mistake.

Of course, the relationship between government leaders and citizens is not like the relationship between fathers and their dependents. Only engaged citizens holding government officials accountable can encourage adequate attention to possible catastrophes.

We don't delay implementing an appropriate response when hurricane warnings are issued simply because the sky is blue, the rains are not falling and the winds are calm.

Similarly, the time to address climate change is now, before it is too late to do anything meaningful to limit its consequences.

Contact your government officials to ask them what they are doing to address climate change and then visit citizensclimatelobby.org to see what can be done.

Bob Tancig,

Gainesville

Superior option

Our U.S. society needs to be educated about the superiority of roundabouts to our obtuse traffic-light intersection system.

Until then, drivers can continue to stare at each other at traffic stops. We wait significant time for straggling vehicles making left turns and straight crossings.

Imagine coming to a major intersection, slowing down to make a momentary stop or merge by making a right turn onto a circular one-way street. Drivers then continue on to make a right turn, straight crossing, left turn — or even a U turn — all by turning right and exiting.

Roundabouts save fuel and eliminate cops and red-light cameras. They get us places faster and have no expensive traffic light maintenance or high-speed T-bone crashes when traffic-light power failures occur.

They put traffic court judges, expensive buildings and speed cops out of business.

It's too much for American drivers to comprehend, want or learn.

Neil Letts,

Hawthorne

Lack of transparency

Our executive branch seems to lack the transparency it professes to have. This leads Americans to ask what is being hidden involving Benghazi, IRS harassment of journalists and conservative citizens, sexual misconduct in the State Department and the extortion of insurance companies involving Obamacare.

This stonewalling involves executive privilege, attorney general recusement and lack of memory, knowledge and responsibility. There are also bad excuses such as an Islamist video, rogue IRS agents, investigative reports delayed past the election and now the National Security Agency dragnet through the Internet and phones records.

These all involve violations of the Constitution and Bill of Rights, including freedom of speech and religion, gun rights, tampering with elections and using taxation as a penalty for Obamacare. What is transparent is there is no transparency.

John S. Poser,

Newberry

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