Simpler fix for Daytona
Boy, did the writer of the recent letter, “How to polish a jewel,” hit the nail on the head. Turn off the loop detectors — sensors in the pavement that are supposed to control lights by detecting traffic — which we spent thousands of dollars on. But they stop traffic when it should be moving, work improperly, don’t work at all and see vehicles that aren’t there. Years ago, without loop detectors, the lights on Ridgewood Avenue were synchronized for 35 mph, and once drivers made a green light they could make them all the way. Old school, yes — but the traffic didn’t back up at every intersection.
Make landscaping on the easements high enough to hide the empty buildings. Then promise the owners that when they fix up the buildings and open a business the landscaping in front would be cut to 30 inches so the business could be seen from the street. Quick fix!
As to repaving the streets: That should be done to all our streets, including the ones our visitors see. Jimmy Ann Drive from Mason Avenue north is — and has been — terrible, and gets a lot of traffic. The city sends crews out there to patch the holes which last (still uneven) for about the first 50 vehicles. Then it is very rough again. And the city can’t say that it doesn’t have the money, because they are doing other streets such as George Engram Boulevard into Dunn Avenue.
So turn the loop detectors off in our whole area, from Ormond Beach to Port Orange, re-time the lights, beautify International Speedway Boulevard easements, and fix all our streets. Then decide how to spend $27.5 million.
A picture in the local section of the April 15 paper showed an officer hand in hand with a little princess on the beach. This picture was from a Miami newspaper.
Seeing this picture reminded me of a day long ago on Daytona Beach. Our older daughter had wandered away from a family get together. Needless to say, the worst thoughts came to mind when we realized she was gone.
Our daughter was about 5 years old when this happened. It still brings tears to my eyes today, after over 50 years, to remember seeing a man walking with our daughter on his shoulders — so she could see better, and tell him when she spotted us on the beach looking for her.
Our daughter still remembers, to this day, that a very nice family man found her and brought her to us.
It’s nice to know there are still nice people in this world.
Ross and Jane Kramer
In Syria, President Donald Trump has enforced international law by attacking the airbase responsible for the horrible gassing of civilians. In Afghanistan, President Trump kept his promise to bomb the heck out of ISIS by using the largest non-nuclear weapon in America’s arsenal to attack entrenched enemy positions. In North Korea, President Trump faces an urgent crisis as the mad dictator of that imprisoned nation threatens America and our allies with nuclear war.
These are dangerous times. How did we get here? Ex-President Barack Obama’s cut-and-run skedaddle out of Iraq, his “red line” surrender in Syria, his appeasement of Iran, his “push the problem down the road” policy toward North Korea, his failed “reset” with Vladimir Putin and his eight years of apology and retreat everywhere invited what national weakness always invites — war.
This is a seriously unstable time for our country and the world. Thank God we have a true leader in the White House. Together we can get through this mess.
Regarding the April 19 column by Catherine Rampell: We can afford street cleaning, parks, libraries and water treatment for all. We can have Medicare for all as well. It saves us from having to do those things out of each of our own pockets.