Lower road, raise bridge as solution
New York State DOT promises to give truckers an excuse for striking the Glenridge railroad bridge. “They were confused and distracted by intense flashing lights and didn’t see the bridge clearance signs.”
Lower Glenridge Road by two feet and raise the bridge by a foot and you will solve the problem.
Still, the DOT proposal will not solve the problem.
Changing the relative elevations of bridge and road to provide 14-foot 2-inches clearance is the only reliable solution.
We’re losing sight of what’s important
Interesting times these. We were so sure we were an exceptional country … a “City on a Hill.” We were ‘’Tough on Crime.” We were likened to a ‘’Thousand Points of Light.” It was only recently “Morning in America.” Yet, for all our bravura and self-acclaim, here we are — losing sight of the tenuous threads of a democracy in an era where corporate news outlets as well as monetized online connectors profit on our divisions.
Like children, we’re arguing the fine points of whether smashing public buildings is a criminal act or an act of patriotism. (Who smashes something to show their respect for it?)
In our efforts to prove the rightness of our opinions, we’re losing sight of the real threat. Our sense of community is shredding and with it our power toward unified action. It’s a very useful old tactic — divide and conquer.
It was useful in ancient Rome and it’s useful to the wealthy 1% who benefit from our divisions today. Our choices are global domination by a wealthy few or a now-weakened tenuous link to an imperfect democracy that has its faults, but still has some representatives holding out for the needs of the working class.
We don’t have the time or luxury of divisions. We’d better hold on to being Americans together in support of the crucial needs of those who have been hit hardest.
Do more to stop impaired driving
A recent article about former Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Henry Ruggs III’s intoxicated driving crash offered a wakeup call. With so many health and safety risks that are difficult to prevent 100% of the time, as our justifiable concern about covid and our ongoing efforts to prevent or cure cancer and heart disease, we have lost sight of impaired driving.
Ruggs was driving 150 mph with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of twice the legal limit, crashing and killing a 23-year-old woman after her vehicle burst into flames. This is a recurring 100% preventable issue that takes the lives of over 10,000 people every year, averaging one every 52 minutes.
Alcohol and other drugs, whether legal, over the counter, prescription or illegal, can impair our ability to drive safely.
Marijuana does impair safe driving performance, namely tracking, motor coordination, visual functions and tasks requiring divided attention. Cannabis is legal in New York. Local dispensaries and bars will have high potency edibles and concentrates that for frequent users can stay in the body over 30 days.
What is successful? New York has a bill to raise the threshold for DWI to 0.05% BAC. University of Chicago studies found that a 0.05% BAC limit would prevent 11% of fatal alcohol-related crashes each year saving about 1,800 lives.
The Utah Highway Patrol found a 7% drop in arrests 0.05-0.08. after Utah’s 0.05 BAC limit was passed. Utah’s brew pubs, nightlife and the tourism industry has not been hurt.
By never driving impaired with alcohol or other drugs, we can prevent impaired driving related injuries and deaths by 100%.
Mainstream media to blame for our woes
If it wasn’t evident before the Rittenhouse trial, it sure is now: lies are all lies.
CNN and MSNBC would not know the truth if it hit them in the face. Who is responsible for the non-stop hate, racial unrest, fear and influencing elections based on lies? It is the major news media outlets; we know who they are.
Who is truly responsible for the mess we are in now? Unchecked inflation, oil dependency, the horrible debacle in Afghanistan, four years of non-stop Russian collusion, the incitement of violence? The mainstream media.
Don’t forget Facebook, Twitter, etc. They are never held accountable for all the lies and omission of the true facts, even as Kelli saying “Let’s Go Brandon” when we all heard what is really being said.
CNN says protests are peaceful as buildings burn in plain sight. Maxine Waters can order you to find every Republican you can and get them wherever they are, but be a parent at a board meeting and you are a domestic terrorist.
Nick Sandmann, Jewell, Rittenhouse all convicted by the press, all wrong. The FCC should sue them all for pushing lies on the American people to push their agenda of Marxism.
Rittenhouse did not kill any Black people, did not carry a gun across state lines (He picked it up at a friend’s house in Wisconsin.) and is not a White Supremacist. Look out Biden for calling him that and the press was happy to repeat that lie over and over again. One big lie after another.
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