Driving in Circles
(re: Road Rash, April 18-24)
I am a long-time resident of Tulsa who deals with Riverside Drive daily. I remember the heated discussions about the so- called "slowing down Riverside Drive" 20 years ago and the expansion of Riverside Drive.
Jaime Adame needs to go back and get the information from the meetings then to get the determinations that were agreed to then and govern Riverside Drive today. Ms. Cox is incorrect in many of her points.
There was a push to put stoplights on every corner. This was greatly (heatedly) debated, and the majority agreed that the speed limit was fine at 40, and that stoplights would push more traffic INTO the neighborhoods and result in widening of those streets. Traffic lights and a slow down to 30 mph speed limit would only cause more congestion and slow down the only north/south road on this side of the city. Hwy. 75 is not a "practical solution" for the traffic that uses Riverside. If it was, people would be driving there now. It was agreed that there would be stop lights at the major intersections, i.e., 31st, 41st, 51st, 61st, and 71st streets ONLY.
As I drive Riverside, I don't see any "dangerous curves" unless I'm rubber-necking and watching the people on the trails. The speed limit is actually just right at 40mph. I will agree the road surface is absolutely pitiful. A solution to that and the "widening" issue would be to replace the surface with shoulders and to add a single center turn lane for the entire length of Riverside. This solution would be a good compromise that would not intrude into people's yards or take a big chunk of real estate from the Riverside parks. It would relieve the "back-ups" that happened in the present left lane when traffic needs to turn left into neighborhoods.
I would also suggest (but I know that this will go over like a lead balloon here) that all the traffic lights be replaced with traffic circles. I have driven extensively in Europe. With gas there at $6 per LITER, traffic circles were a solution to stop the useless consumption of gas in stop-and-go traffic that stoplights cause.
If you were to watch Riverside traffic on weekdays at 7:30-9am and 4:30-6pm, you will see that there are long lines at the stoplights. Many times, it takes three full changes to get through the 31st Street lights at 8am. In a properly constructed traffic circle, the traffic never stops.
A properly constructed traffic circle takes no more real estate that a six lane by six lane traffic stop light intersection.
If your driving skills are not up to this drive, please don't punish the rest of the drivers. You go drive on Hwy. 75 or go to Peoria Street.
Conspiratorially Yours, Don.
Based on the activities of Chinese Army Unit 61398, Communist China continues to wage cyber warfare against the U.S. by hacking into the computers of U.S. corporations.
An American computer security firm, Mandiant, completed a study of Unit 61398 and determined most of the attacks on U.S. corporations have emanated from this group. Companies targeted include electric utilities, gas lines and waterworks. The Chinese also attacked the computer security firm RSA, whose systems protect corporate clients and government agencies.
"China steals blueprints, manufacturing processes, strategies and data from our heavy industry companies, satellite and telecommunications corporations and military contractors, including Lockheed Martin, our largest defense contractor," the report said.
The biggest concern is the infiltration of systems that control our power grids and other utilities. Unit 61398 broke into Televent Canada, which provides software to oil and gas pipeline companies and utilities for remote access to valves, switches and security systems. Televent Canada services half the oil and gas pipeline companies in North and South America.
We have to wake up and take action to prevent these Chinese attacks on our corporations, government agencies and infrastructure. Mr. President, please address this problem.
-- Donald A. Moskowitz
Follow the Money
If Obama can use the shattered dead bodies from the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy to circumvent the Second Amendment, I think I'm entitled to learn from the bloody Boston Marathon bombing and ask my congressmen and senators to tighten immigration laws rather than loosening them. Unlike Obama and his communistic-leaning associates, I was hoping and praying that the bomber or bombers were not home-grown Americans. Like Reagan, I wanted to think better of patriotic Americans. Obviously, when these lads took their oath of citizenship to defend the U.S. Constitution, they were insincere-- like most of the politicians who pushed for ObamaCare and to sign on to the United Nations gun ban. Clinton's, G.W. Bush's, and Obama's desires to open our borders has brought in new strains of infectious diseases requiring our youth to take even more vaccinations for school and college. If two misguided Islamic terrorists can cause this much financial damage, then we are doomed. The 9/11 attack in 2001 cost the U.S. $7 million for every dollar the terrorists spent. Do the math! We can't win at that rate! Tighten our immigration laws. Protect our borders.
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