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Letters, Jan. 18

Roundabouts have advantages

Having lived for 21 years in a country that had roundabouts, I feel qualified to answer Mary Lewis’ “Why a roundabout?” (Jan. 9).

Roundabouts are better than stop signs, and sometimes even superior to traffic lights, because you only have to stop if another vehicle is already in the roundabout. The full stop required at a stop sign is avoided, saving time, fuel and brake maintenance costs. There is less noise pollution from squealing brakes and loud exhaust systems. Thus, roundabouts are more economical and environmentally friendly. Plus, they give you a U-turn opportunity.

Additionally, the frustrations of having to stop at an intersection or a traffic light when there are no other cars in sight are eliminated.

My question is, why the reluctance to embrace something smarter than stop signs? Is it because you need to learn to yield to the vehicle approaching from your left instead of our standard of the vehicle on the right having right-of-way?

At this point folks, I’d like to add that when in a roundabout you must signal your intent to exit. When in a roundabout you are no longer going “straight” through the intersection. Please use your blinkers when exiting people!

Brian McKay

Medford

Saying the names aloud

I, too, say aloud the names of Blacks who have been gunned down by whites. We must never forget them, and must study how we must change. The following does not diminish Black deaths, but rather brings a new dimension to honoring everyone who has died.

Although very healthy, at 98 I will die someday, and I hope some folks will remember me. So, I got to thinking of all my friends who have already died.

I have three lists: family, friends, and public figures. On the first day of every month I take out my notebook that holds these lists. I read aloud this statement: “To you who have returned to Spirit, thank you for entering and enriching my life. I honor you, and will not forget you. I send you blessings wherever you are.”

Then, slowly, I say their names aloud, giving me time to “see” them. This is a solemn occasion and I do not rush it.

I feel the connection with each of these names, and the satisfaction of honoring them by saying their names aloud. May we all be so honored. Adios, amigas.

Carola Lacy

Ashland

Bentz sides with insurrection

Republican Cliff Bentz committed a fatal blow to his ability to serve his constituents by voting in favor of an objection to accept certified electoral votes, thus siding with the violent mob who had just hours before disrupted congressional proceedings.

Bentz has aligned with supporters of Donald Trump’s baseless claims of election fraud and attempts to undermine the will of voters. Since the vote took place after armed rioters committed violence and vandalism, Bentz’s vote stands as an endorsement of the insurrection and the murder of a Capital Hill policeman.

Bentz has not only violated his oath of office to defend the Constitution, but also sealed his fate as a legislator who can’t be trusted. He’s compromised his ability to work across the aisle to work for the benefit of Oregonians. Bentz was already an unknown freshman congressman with little political power as a member of the minority party. Now, few of his colleagues will take him seriously, and we, his constituents, are left without an effective voice in Congress.

Jeanne Chouard

Ashland

Mendte sees the light

Larry Mendte’s Jan. 9 column, “Two Trump supporters paid the ultimate price,” was not his usual support of President Trump. After five deaths and other prominent Republicans leaving the Trump Party, he also is “out”.

A little late, but we welcome him to reality. I hope he keeps up his new awakening so his base can see the light too.

Judy Kerr

Gold Hill

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