Letters Save lives with exit rumble strips

Save lives with exit

rumble strips

One possible deterrent to the all-too-frequent traffic crashes at the I-95 South Congress exit ramp, would be rumble strips. (“Woman killed at dangerous overpass,” Dec. 29)

Not to be confused with speed bumps, rumble strips are a series of deep-groove saw-cuts across the ramp itself, every 15 yards or so, beginning near the base of the ramp. As the vehicle crosses, a truly sonic racket is produced, alerting even the most lethargic driver.

Many problematic exit ramps in other states have rumble strips, and stretches of the interstate have for years had a variation of this highly effective safety feature along the highway’s shoulder.

This simple attention-getting tool once saved this once-drowsy writer’s life.


How my $9 raise

will be distributed

The 2 percent raise in Social Security has resulted in a $9 a month increase for me because I have chosen an HMO plan with a partial payback of Medicare premium by assuming some risk myself with larger co-pays.

Therefore, in doing the math, I have determined the following can receive a $1 per month increase in their rates:

FPL, Seacoast Utilities, Comcast, auto/home insurance, windstorm insurance, condo fees, gas, Publix and The Palm Beach Post.

What are the chances they will hold their increases to that paltry amount? I need to maintain good health this year so that I don’t lose the advantage by having to pay larger specialists’ co-pays.

So, all of the above entities will have to fight among themselves for the $9.


Waterfront changes

exacerbate traffic woes

Project Flagler Shore seems to generate a number of well-written and pointed objections to the mayor’s pet project at Palm Beach Post.com. As taxpayers, we appreciate the avenue that The Post has provided to air our displeasure with the way our tax dollars are being spent and applied to public projects.

We need to understand the specific criteria the city will utilize to evaluate the success of this aesthetic blight on our beautiful shoreline.

If traffic flow is one of the main criteria, the city is missing the point relative to what has happened to the waterfront. The orange safety barriers and large flashing sign south of Lakeview, and the ugly white barriers and another flashing sign north of Lakeview extend for almost a mile.

Driving northbound on Olive Avenue, more than once I have had a 30-foot food or other delivery truck just stop and block one lane for five minutes. With a now-restricted Flagler Drive, there is no option to avoid the problem.

Incidentally, if evaluating bike and walking flow on the now-closed east lanes of Flagler utilizing the city’s two outdated traffic monitors, please apply a factor to adjust for actual public usage. You must remove from the count the food trucks, trash collectors, security and grounds maintenance. Surprisingly, even the Segway tours do not use the street.


Apparently, blight

is in eye of beholder

Let’s see if I’ve got this right. It would be an aesthetic disaster to put a wind farm within view of a golfer on a Trump coastal golf course, but it would be in our interest to put an oil rig on those same waters. Let’s drill.


Book tantrum helped

sales, economy

Freedom of the press is the First Amendment to the Constitution. Many other books have been written about other presidents and they chose to ignore them. The book comes and goes.

Tweeting about the book and attorneys put out cease and desist orders only gave Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury” more publicity. Sales of the book on Amazon were at 500,000. Barnes and Noble sold out.

Congratulations. President Trump helped the economy with his narcissistic ways.


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