Change the rules
Dear Editor:John Pixley’s June 21 Observer col-umn, “Don’t Like the Game? Change theRules,” was right on.What perplexes me is the portion aboutthe city spending $165,000 for doubtful“traffic calming measures” when it seemsa simpler and less expensive solution isavailable. The state ruling on continuouslyre-setting speed limits to higher than av-erage actual speeds rewards law breakersand decreases safety.The less expensive solution I wouldlike to suggest is based on observationsI’ve made when driving. This observationis that if there is a law enforcement unitconspicuously active in the immediatevicinity, the flow of traffic seems to mag-ically slow down to the legal speed limit.Wouldn’t it be more effective to put anactive law enforcement unit on the streetwhile a Radar Speed Survey is being con-ducted? The officer could pull over andticket violators with flashing lights andobvious visual impact, and let the RadarSpeed Survey reflect the attendant re-duced speed that other motorists wouldlikely demonstrate.This procedure may sound as ridiculousas the state policy that encourages in-creasingly higher and higher speeds, butit might lead to keeping speed limits en-forceable within reasonable safety bound-aries.
Equality in America
Dear Editor:What an amazing day! I watched ourSupreme Court strike a huge blow againstDemocracy and Civil Rights by basicallygutting the 1965 Voting Rights Act, andthen turned around to find out that thesame group of people had actually taken 2steps in the
direction by rulingagainst DOMA and Proposition 8.The sad thing about it is that I wasn’tsurprised by the ruling on voting rights;this kind of travesty is what we almost ex-pect from the court.Regarding DOMA and Proposition 8, Iwant to quote a Southern senator: “It’s asin according to the Bible, it would de-stroy the sanctity of marriage, and, if weapprove this, does that mean we can startmarrying dogs and sheep now, too?”This statement is inclusive of the 3 mainarguments I have heard against gay mar-riage. The problem is this: That quote isfrom 1964 and this Senator (who was alsoan ordained minister) was talking about
marriage, not gay marriage.How long will it take us as a country(and as individuals) to see the inherent in-sanity in “preaching” against the civilrights of fellow Americans? I guess theanswer to this is that we still are fightingfor voting rights, 48 years later; I just hopethis doesn’t take that long.The Civil Rights movement isn’t even
to being over—we all have work todo.
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