What happened to the bike lanes?
Once again, our politicians are reneging on their promises for real progress in a comprehensive transportation plan. Bike lanes were promised and designed into the 1997 Celanese Bypass project, only to be stripped out at the last minute. In fact, the road is wide enough for bike lane striping -- but we dare not take a few feet from the extra-width center lane to do it.
Now, bike lanes that are designed into Mt. Gallant, the Nimitz loop and other highway projects under the 2003 "Pennies for Progress" program are being deleted. We were told and sold that the Pennies for Progress program would make our community truly progressive in transportation. We were told pedestrian and cycling amenities should be and would be part of the overall plan. Now, we find the program should really be called "Homage to Automobiles;" certainly not Pennies for Progress. Do the politicians and policy makers think we'll support another Pennies for "Progress" program when we can't rely on the promises made twice before?
Perhaps completing a few truly progressive projects would improve the transportation alternatives and reduce, rather than increase, the total reliance on automobiles.
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Circuses are cruel to animals
I am writing to ask readers not to support circuses that come to our area. Humane organizations have been fighting for several years to create awareness and subsequently put an end to the unlawful and inhumane actions, cruelties and avoidable deaths of many animals at the hands of circuses. What truly happens behind the scenes is most disturbing and, as a result our family and many of our friends vowed never to visit the circus again.
Please be aware of the plight these animals suffer for human entertainment and then ask if our children are really being educated by seeing animals perform painful, unnatural acts out of fear and as a result of beatings and unlawful treatment. The circus is not educational. Do elephants willfully stand on their heads or easily balance on a small drum in the wild? Do tigers naturally jump through hoops of flames? Do bears voluntarily ride bicycles on high wires in their natural habitats?
Additionally, animals used for entertainment deserve equal veterinary care just like our own domestic pets. Many circus animals die as a result of unspeakable abuse, poorly ventilated and dangerous boxcar conditions while traveling, lack of veterinary care and basic humane consideration. Please do not endorse organizations that continue to pay no attention to laws and refuse to provide basic humane and treatment care for the animals that provide for them.
Too many campaign calls
Congress passed the federal Do Not Call Registry, but political calls are not regulated by this list. A "Political Do Not Call Registry" has been established, but it certainly appears political campaigns feel they do not need to follow the request of those who have taken the time to sign up for this.
Political calls are disturbing to the elderly as they do not comprehend why they are getting so many calls and recordings that frequently do not work or are hard to understand. For a loved one with dementia, this can cause even more problems for the caregiver.
The calls also are disturbing to those who need to sleep during normal work hours because of their own work schedule. In just one day, we had eight failed recordings, not to mention the five calls that did get through.
Campaigning is important to the governing process. However, there is a limit to how many phone calls a voter can tolerate.