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The Journal Gazette

Tuesday, September 03, 2019 1:00 am


Confusing trail crossing is easily corrected

I travel Wallen Road virtually every day, and I am convinced the flasher system at the crosswalk of the Pufferbelly Trail has created one hazard while attempting to address another.

Although the motion-sensing flashers are yellow-green in color – not red – many drivers elect to stop when they are flashing. As courteous as this may seem, this unnecessary stopping represents a hazard to all the other vehicles that must also stop.

The flashing lights are yellow, which is intended to increase a driver's level of caution, not cause them to stop dead in the road. And there are stop signs on posts facing the traffic each way on the trail. Clearly, those using the trail and crossing the road are required to stop for the vehicular traffic. With all the distracted drivers on the roads these days, the last thing we need is vehicular traffic to stop dead in the road for no legitimate reason.

I suggest the trail on both sides of the road be painted to display a stop sign as wide as the trail itself. This would not only re-double the fact that those using the trail must stop, it would also be visible to drivers as they pass, so they should no longer question who has the right of way and will no longer stop unnecessarily.

Warren Mead



Lincoln's words belong to party of past

Once upon a time, the Republican Party was Abraham Lincoln: “With malice toward none; with charity for all.”  Nevermore!

Terry Gamlin


Existing laws not enough to curb gun violence

Why do congressional Republicans, after every mass shooting, keep insisting all we need to do to prevent them is to enforce the laws we have?

Rep. Jim Banks stated at his fundraiser, “We need to enforce the laws we have.” Republican Rep. Steve Scalise, who also spoke at this fundraiser, stated that the Fix NICS Act ensures that criminals and people with mental illness will not acquire firearms. The only trouble is that this law only requires licensed dealers to conduct these checks. Private sellers are not required to perform background checks, record the sale or even ask for identification whether at a gun show or any other venue.

Of course, both men state that nothing else needs to be done because both accept NRA money. Scalise gave the keynote address at the national NRA convention this year, right before President Donald Trump spoke for the fifth consecutive year. In the 2016 election, the NRA spent $11,438,118 to support Trump.

On Feb. 27, the Bipartisan Background Check Act of 2019 was passed in the House. This act prevents firearm transfers between private parties unless a licensed gun dealer conducts a background check. This bill does allow individuals to transfer a firearm to a close relative. You will also be able to loan a firearm to someone for target practice, hunting and self defense. Why did Banks and 189 fellow Republicans vote no on this common-sense bill? Why is this bill stalled by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell?

Is it too much to ask that our elected officials decline NRA money? It is time to close the gun show loophole.

Paul Dahm

Fort Wayne