Printed Letters: Sept. 6, 2016
Planned roundabout not the best solution
A small group of concerned Redlands residents recently met with local CDOT engineers to discuss the planned roundabout at Redlands Parkway and Broadway (Highway 340). While they were pleasant and willing to listen to our concerns, their “solution” to an unsafe intersection was not debatable.
Roundabouts do not magically appear where lights used to be. If you have not been concerned about this change, you may envision a few weeks of one-lane traffic. Not only will thousands of west Redlands residents endure an estimated six to nine month-long nightmare of getting to and from town, but also the CDOT plan is to raise this intersection with tons of fill prior to construction. That may require lengthy detours (even for emergency vehicles) through adjacent residential area streets.
Many of us are very concerned that some students who live within three miles of Redlands Middle School will have to cross the eventual roundabout without the current corner “Walk” lights that stop traffic. It is unclear where any new walk lights would be located, when Parkway and Broadway traffic lanes will be entering and leaving the roundabout at will. The safety of young pedestrians should be of more concern than protecting drivers from each other. Moving vans, trash trucks, cement trucks, horse trailers, and motor homes — all will be negotiating this roundabout without lights.
The supposed reason for this “safer” unlighted intersection is the history of 28 accidents over a five-year period. There are other solutions, such as more turn signals, or warning lights on the two Broadway hills to slow approaching cars, that could have been working over the past five years. The roundabout is not set to begin until a year from now, with completion up to two years away. How many accidents have occurred or will occur when other measures could have been installed a long time ago? It seems clear that safety has not been of the utmost concern. Rather, the “free money” (job security) and the agenda of city staff that originated this project have prevailed.
If CDOT were required to get public input before opting for the most costly solution, most citizens would have chosen immediate, less costly improvements. If more economical, quicker solutions were available, why spend $3.6 million on this one intersection, raising the national debt, while most of Broadway continues in deplorable condition? Maybe raising the national debt doesn’t bother you, but we think it is irresponsible to burden our children, grandchildren, and their children with enormous taxes to pay for such lavish federal grants.
Clinton has not accomplished one thing of importance
This letter is in response to a letter submitted by Don Bell, who stated that he would be voting for Hillary Clinton, based on her service record. Obviously, Mr. Bell either didn’t do his homework or is simply oblivious to the facts.
The fact is this woman has no record. Her only claim to fame is the fact that she is married to Bill Clinton. In her 40-plus years in the public eye, she has not accomplished one thing of importance. She was a disgrace as a lawyer. She did not pass one significant piece of legislation as a senator, and she disgraced the country during her time as secretary of state.
Donald Trump is the only candidate that is talking about fixing our broken country. The Democrats seem to be in denial of the facts. I will take my chances with Trump.
America’s last chance is to vote for ‘Culture of Life’
“Claiming to be wise they became fools.” St. Paul had it right when he wrote to the people of his faith community in the first century AD. He could be addressing the two political parties of today with the one party’s political platform of solving problems with death and espousing the “Culture of Death” i.e. abortion (women health issues), euthanasia (physician assisted suicide) and (misunderstanding) terrorism.
The other political party challenges and refutes each other in their failed attempt to form a cohesive political call for a “Culture of Life” under a strong leadership willing to speak truth to power.
To return to that “Culture of Life” it may be time to follow Abraham Lincoln’s words and make a decision for ourselves, as Americans, to form a government “that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom and that government of the people, by the people and for the people will not perish from the earth.”
We have one more chance to keep our nation the great hope of all peoples and of all nations. We can vote, not as political party operatives, but as free individuals for the “Culture of Life” and again ask, as Lincoln did, for God’s help.
DONALD CHISHOLM, MD