News from the Tennessee Valley Opinion
FRIDAY, JUNE 15, 2007


Enforce speed limit in construction zone

To The Daily: I am writing in regards to the 30 miles per hour speed limit on the Beltline construction area. This speed limit is in force from Danville Road to Alabama 24. However, I travel this section of the Beltline regularly, and it is apparent this limit is almost universally disregarded. Most traffic is zipping along at 45-50 miles per hour.

I have called the Decatur Police Department twice asking about the lack of enforcement of the 30 mph. When I first called, the officer on the desk said he thought the lowered speed limit was only being enforced in the areas where work is actually taking place. This makes no sense because the signs say “30 mph” along the entire length of the section.

About two weeks later, I again called Decatur police asking about the matter. I was told the limit is indeed 30 mph for the entire section of the roadway — regardless of whether actual work is being done in a particular area.

I said that if I drive 30 mph, I am in danger of being run down or of causing a major case of road rage. The officer stated I am doing the correct thing by driving 30 mph.

When I asked why the police department is not enforcing the reduced limit, the officer said they do not have the manpower. However, it seems logical that if the police would periodically blitz the area, the message would spread.

I have been told if you do get a speeding ticket in this area and it is doubled, you have a fine of nearly $500. That should get the public’s attention.

Phyllis Rommens

Traffic changes on Spring improve flow of cars

To The Daily: Congratulations to the city of Decatur engineering and/or street departments. I am referring to the recent major changes made on Spring Avenue (in front of Wal-Mart).

The breakthrough on Sims Avenue to reroute the traffic behind Home Depot in conjunction with turn lane changes has made a dramatic improvement in the traffic flow.

We need more creative thinking like that at or near our major intersections. Thanks from the folks who drive this street every day.

Leo Spain

Senate stalling tactic something to chew on

To The Daily: Your editorial on the “stalling tactics” in our State Legislature is ate up. The majority trying to silence the minority on issues the majority does not want debated is pure politics.

What makes your editorial even more ate up is that you use the word “principle” to try and make your point about the “nefarious practice of transferring campaign funds between political action committees.” Correct me if I am wrong, but the whole premise of the minority “stalling” the Legislature was because the majority does not want to debate “a PAC-to-PAC transfer ban.”

The “Twelve Republican and five Democratic” senators you singled out at the beginning of your editorial do. The “principle” behind their “stalling tactics” was to bring attention to this issue. The Daily editorial basically took what every newspaper and media outlet in our country is supposed to do, be objective, and turned this very important issue to the citizens of Alabama into the editor’s personal political agenda. Thank a soldier for your right to pen your editorials.

Billy Steele

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