Letters to the editor

2014-06-16T00:00:00Z Letters to the editor Arizona Daily Star
June 16, 2014 12:00 am

No way I’ll license

my bicycles

Re: the June 7 letter “Bicyclists should have to buy licenses, too.”

When riding my bike, I am routinely forced out of the bike lane into traffic by walkers, joggers and parents pushing strollers who think putting my life in danger is preferable to using the sidewalks my taxes provide for them to use for free.

To Betty Perkins and the other killjoy letter writers who think I should have a license and pay fees, I offer this alternative: Let’s license walkers and pay fees when purchasing shoes. Wearing high-visibility clothing and safety lights and stroller-driving classes will be mandatory.

And those playgrounds I pay for but don’t use. Let’s hit the kids with fees, licenses and playground safety classes. Pay your own way.

I want more cops chasing kids around neighborhoods busting them for playing without a license.

Bottom line, Ms. Perkins: You will have to pry my bike from my cold, dead hands before I license any of my four bikes.

Richard Bingle

Retired project manager,

Oro Valley

Long-wait lights

are a real nuisance

The city of Tucson does a fairly good job of moving traffic; however, the long-wait traffic light on the westbound access road for I-10 at Speedway on one occasion held traffic for 95 seconds.

Air pollution, gas prices and triple-digit temperatures being what they are, I mean really, 95 seconds, and there may be longer wait times at this intersection.

Then there’s the long-wait traffic light on Campbell at Elm with 100-150 vehicles “parked” on Campbell and no traffic on Elm; the long-wait traffic light on Campbell at Third Street; the long-wait traffic light on Sixth Street at Sixth Avenue (Sixth Avenue wouldn’t know a car if it could see one); there’s the long-wait traffic light on Sixth Street at Stone, and then ...

Is this ever-increasing number of long-wait traffic lights necessary to keep traffic moving?

Bill Kendall

Retired, Tucson

Broadway widening

must follow specs

Re: the June 8 guest opinions “Two views on the Broadway Boulevard Project.”

A short drive, any time of day, either direction, with bumper-to-bumper gridlock traffic along the Broadway corridor will convince anyone that Broadway needs widening.

However well-intended the “revisionists” may be, unless and until that project complies with bond proposal specifications, there is the reality that revisions will result in the loss of $72 million plus interest.

This collective effort to design, by committee, the Broadway corridor is a wrong-minded, ill-advised effort.

Sara O’Neil

Retired, Tucson

On D-Day, it was

a different America

The article “D-Day was time for true heroes” by Greg Hansen is excellent and well-written. I am 85 years old and remember that period of history well. I lived through it. It was a different America then.

Shirley Bardella

Retired, Willcox

We must be fair

to Native Americans

Re: the June 10 article “Holder announces plan to increase Native Americans’ access to polls.”

When I read this article, it was upsetting to know that Native Americans are still struggling to have their voices heard.

But it is pleasant to know there are people out there, like Eric Holder, who are willing to fight for their rights. The Native Americans have had enough unfairness done to them over the course of history.

Let’s be fair to them and give them a voice they deserve more than anyone.

Claudia Gibson

Student, Tucson

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