Letters to the editor: The original roundabout plan was better
The best thing I can say about the new roundabout at Lindsay Street and Parkway Avenue is that it’s better than what we endured before . . . a maddeningly long stoplight. I drive through the roundabout two or three times a day, and each time I wonder what in the world could someone have been thinking? The thing is so baffling it must have been designed by a dysfunctional committee. Which, as it turns out, appears to be the case.
The original plan for a traffic circle, simple and logical, was nixed by the Miami architectural firm, Duane Later-Zyberk. Attempting to achieve their goal of being “pedestrian friendly,” and slowing traffic before it arrives at the intersection, the circle was elongated into an odd shape with peculiar start-and-stop sidewalks to nowhere flaring out on each end. Where the red brick sidewalks stop, the road widens, inviting the motorist to move their vehicle over a little and use some of that extra asphalt. But the driver quickly learns that if they do, they’ll drive up onto the sidewalk ahead which abruptly reappears. So all the extra width in that section of the the roadway is totally useless, having been created by the crazy sidewalk which juts into the roadway and defies all understanding. Being an obstacle to drive around, it does slow traffic, but only that which is already within the turnabout.
The city engineer’s original plan for a traffic circle would have been a better way to go, and less expensive too. A continuous perimeter sidewalk could be included within the circle if pedestrian traffic is anticipated in the future. There’s virtually none there now.
But what’s done is done. The lesson is: though we should consider advice from consultants, we should think carefully before following it.
We must get our country back
I am a 64 years old retired school principal. My public school experience included Bible verses, prayer, and bulletin boards with materials relating to Easter, Christmas, Nativity and other related topics. I am saddened that all of these religious themes have been taken out of public schools. Our critics say this material is offensive to people who have different religious beliefs. I say this country was built on strong religious values. I recommend tolerance to our critics.
My family never received, nor would have accepted, government assistance as long as they were able to work to provide for our family. Today it is a way of life for families to be on a welfare program. I am aware that jobs are scarce, but I feel it is too easy to live on a government assisted program. Our congress men and women must shrink the entitlement programs to help balance the budget. This move would also encourage people without work to look for a job rather than a handout.
Listed below are a few ideas I feel would help bring our country back.
l. Tax reform
2. Lower tax burden
3. Reduce spending – excluding the military
4. Reduce fraud in entitlement programs
5. Eliminate frivolous lawsuits – tort reform
6. Cut bureaucracies in Washington – cabinet positions
7. Eliminate pork barrel spending
8. Cut wasteful spending on ridiculous research projects – shrimp on a treadmill
9. Repeal or revise Obama Care
10. Balance the budget and reduce the debt
11. Maintain English as the universal language
12. Restore our rights and freedoms according to the Constitution
Let’s all hope for a better New Year and God Bless.
(Editor's note: This writer is not related to Enterprise photographer Don Davis Jr.)