- The Washington Times - Monday, August 13, 2007

Fast cash, unsafe highways

The outlandish penalty recently handed to a Navy veteran (“Veteran challenges ‘abuser fee,’ ” Metropolitan, Wednesday) for driving 75 mph in a 55 mph zone on Interstate 395 has another aspect to it. Driving at 75 mph on I-395 is the norm because the police let it happen. In fact, you will be passed by faster cars. The argument in court is that this is reckless driving and creates a safety hazard. If our safety is at risk, why aren’t the police doing their job to protect us?

If you drive 55 mph on I-395, you are at greater risk than driving at 75 mph. Drivers have no choice they must exceed the 55 mph limit. The solution is simple. Traffic tickets don’t work. When speed gets out of hand on I-395, the police should drive in traffic at 55 mph everything will slow (a California practice). Of course, this won’t generate money. The police should be held accountable for these unsafe conditions. Maybe the police, or the state officials who direct them, should be taken to court for conspiring to perpetuate an unsafe environment in order to collect money.

CHARLES HEIMACH

Annandale

Too long for Bush

Maybe eight years is too long for one president to stay in office (“Bush pushes border reforms,” Page 1, Saturday). When the president resorts to acts of desperation such as these latest border “reforms,” it is embarrassing to the office and to the country.

After pushing one amnesty bill after another and rebuking the American people for their overwhelming opposition to illegal aliens, Mr. Bush now tries a novel approach: doing what we told him to do years ago. He foolishly believes that this will change the tide of opposition. No way, Jose. He even withdraws the National Guard from its posts while proposing this “dramatic” new tactic. There is nothing on God’s green earth that Mr. Bush could propose or do at this point. The American people no longer have trust in their president. For too many years, Mr. Bush has been a “foreign” president. That will be his legacy.

WILSON L. FARIS

Gaithersburg

Expanding transit

I was disappointed to read the column “Bridge collapse ripples” by Jay Ambrose (Commentary, Friday). There are so many errors and wrong conclusions about public transportation that it is hard to know where to begin.

First, it is wrong to make the bridge collapse a highway-versus-transit issue when the real issue is underinvestment in all of America’s transportation modes.

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