I am amazed at the inefficiency of our traffic signals.
How many times have you been traveling down a major thoroughfare when one vehicle pulls up on a two-lane side street, immediately turning your green light red and shutting down four to six lanes of traffic?
Often the vehicle was only turning right. Most signals are traffic-activated and could be programmed to delay changing.
And where is it written in blood that one vehicle turning left gets a green light while several lanes of oncoming traffic sit idling?
These are only a couple of examples.
I’m not talking rocket science here, only finding the most efficient way to get the most vehicles through an intersection in the least time.
It may sound like I am nitpicking, but imagine the utopian world where all of our traffic signals worked at peak efficiency, saving fuel, pollution, time, wear and tear on vehicles and road-rage incidents.
— Hiram Giddens, Bedford
Contraception and abortion
When I was a young girl, I can remember my mother and aunt talking about methods of birth control.
During the 1950s, there were few methods available. Abortion was illegal; women wanting to end a pregnancy would either find someone who would perform the procedure or do it themselves.
I feel certain that the fetal tissue was either placed in the trash or flushed down the toilet.
I have known of young girls sent off to a home for unwed mothers to hide as pregnancy was considered a “shame.” I have never heard of a home for unwed fathers. Why weren’t young men also considered a responsible party?
Why is there not also a contraceptive for the male gender?
Perhaps, if the men had to bear the same burden as the female gender concerning pregnancy, birth and child care, there would be an effective method of birth control for them.
In the meantime, I feel that women should have access to a safe and legal abortion. It is the law.
— Elsie Koppa, Crowley
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