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Let’s face it: all drivers need to do is slow down; independent evaluation identifies the best way to replace the Bay Bridge;

Distractions are everywhere; Driving too fast doesn’t help

Road rage rage is all the rage these days. Watching cars weave through traffic on Forest Drive to get ahead of just one or two vehicles before turning takes me back to the days when all we had to do was look out for a pedestrian waving his arms and holding plastic bags . The Autobahn-like I-97 can be downright scary.

And can you blame drivers? Television commercials for cars show people flying in cities without other cars and pedestrians, or SUVs performing death-defying stunts in a previously pristine environment. The only driver not cruising at twice the safe speed is working on a complex infotainment screen. It might as well be texting.

California has a modest proposal to let cars tell you when you’re going 10 mph over the speed limit. The fearmongers of the nanny state are in full force. You would think that committing suicide by car was a Second Amendment right (41,000 deaths by cars; 43,000 deaths by firearms in the US in 2023).

My car has a speed limit reminder that changes color when I exceed it. As speed cameras become ubiquitous, the reminder is a useful way to avoid getting a ticket in the mail. We use our car to go to work or to see our loved ones, not to end up in an ambulance.

Eric Greene, Annapolis

The best option for replacing the Bay Bridge

I would like to acknowledge the letter to the editor from USN Retired Admiral Tom Jurkowsky, dated May 26, 2024, regarding the replacement of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.

In August 2023, the Anne Arundel County Transportation Commission requested that I lead a team of systems engineers from George Mason University to conduct an independent evaluation of the next Bay Crossing options being studied by the MDTA.

We presented our results to Anne Arundel County executives last week. Our computer simulations confirmed the inadequacy of the eastbound two-lane bridge and agreed that eight lanes will be necessary for Bay Crossing’s current and future needs.

Analysis of the past four decades of data clearly shows that the current five-lane bridge complex has hindered economic growth in Anne Arundel County and all counties on the Eastern Shore. Future economic growth and economic security should be the primary goals for the next Bay Crossing.

We found that a new 17.5 meter diameter tunnel with six lanes for vehicular traffic and two lanes for a high-speed transit system was the preferred option. More than 30% of households in the Washington DC metropolitan areas do not own a private vehicle.

A state-of-the-art High-Speed ​​Group Rapid Transit system could be built to provide safe, efficient, and rapid transit from the DC Metro System through Annapolis to the Atlantic Ocean at a reasonable cost. That is if the two-lane bridge in the eastbound direction is replaced by a tunnel. The tunnel would provide the necessary economic security that a new bridge cannot provide.

George Donohue, Churchton

The postponement of Tierney’s retirement raises questions

Ward 1 councilor (and finance chair) Eleanor Tierney has announced she is leaving in August to move to Cape Cod with her husband. What’s interesting and ultimately obvious is the timing.

Under the city charter governing Annapolis, any council member who creates a vacancy (in this case resigns and/or moves) within less than 15 months until the next general election places the decision on replacement in the hands of the incumbent. – especially Democratic leaders here – rather than through special elections. Guess what? That happens in August.

Tierney will tout how much money she is saving the city and how much easier this abrupt transition will be, but the real purpose of this delaying tactic is to take away the freedom of choice from the overall Ward 1 community, including disaffected Democrats, Republicans, Unaffiliated and others.

Conveniently for Democrats, this delay also gives the endorsed candidate a one-year mandate before the 2025 Annapolis elections.

Do residents of the historic center and heart of this city like their representation to be determined by a few? For all the talk about the importance of democracy and not disenfranchising voters, it seems the party in power doesn’t really believe this.

Michael Dye, Annapolis

Dye is the secretary of the Annapolis Republican Central Committee and a Ward 3 representative

Graduating from a casino sends the wrong signal

What a way to introduce our high school graduates to the world by earning their high school diploma in a casino, a gambling facility. If we cannot graduate them in a more dignified manner and in a more dignified place, it is no wonder that we are not better preparing them for their future.

Lillie Ellis, Edgewater

Praise for the celebration of Older American Month

I would like to commend the Anne Arundel County Department of Aging & Disabilities for the wonderful Older Americans Month celebration held at the Pip Moyer Recreation Center on Hilltop Lane.

There was live music, lunch, pickleball, Tai Chi instruction, a speed-friending activity and dancing. What a great party. Everyone had fun. Well done. Many of the programs you can find at the “Pip” are aimed at both seniors and all ages.

We are fortunate to have the county programs and a great facility in the city of Annapolis.

Linda Holt, Annapolis

What is Haley thinking when he supports Trump?

Mary Ellen Klas’ opinion article about Nikki Haley, former Republican presidential candidate as opponent of Donald Trump, is extremely well put together.

It accurately and thoroughly presents the facts about Haley’s conduct leading up to her recent endorsement of Trump as president. It was released on May 28. I found Haley’s action shocking, as did a lot of commentators and people.

Klas reminds us of Haley’s recent comments about Trump during her campaign, labeling him “unfit for office,” “unhinged,” “diminished” and an “agent of chaos.” If that was her belief, why would she support him for president soon after? Klas’ comments show that Haley “puts career before country,” criticizes the integrity of politicians and lacks courage.

In my opinion it’s even worse than that. I am reminded of a book written some years ago by a psychiatrist, Helmuth Kaiser, in which he considered “duplicity” to be the basis of neuroticism. This is a matter of blatant, pervasive cunning. It’s hard to excuse Haley, and one might wonder if she was threatened with personal harm or harm to her family if she retracted her opposition to Trump.

Gene F. Ostrom, Annapolis