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Mailbag: Stop jaywalking, start driving safely

May 31, 2010

I am sick of reading all the garbage about crossing a street in an unmarked area. Hello, this is called jaywalking — always has been, and it deserves a ticket.

Why do the people in Glendale and Burbank feel we all must bow down and change the laws so they can do whatever pleases them? Give tickets to every one of them, period.

"I am disabled" — what a lame excuse! Take a cab, bus or ride in your family's car. Jaywalking should be enforced for everyone, no excuses.

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The motto should be "Do the crime — pay the fine!"

Save our police department time to do bigger jobs than holding your hand while you break the law and patting you on the head.

This had been the law for as far back as I can remember. We should change it now for what reason? Because you don't think it should apply to you?

Who is running this city? And in whose interest. Wake up. Free up our police department; let them catch all the speeders we have in our cities who every day endanger everyone out there, or catch the people using the left-hand turn lane as a "passing lane" to get a jump ahead of the traffic to their right!

Go down Glenoaks Boulevard and watch them. They are bound and determined to kill all of the neighborhood animals and children. When are we going to do something about that — when a child dies?

I say lower the speed limit on Glenoaks to 25 mph for both Glendale and Burbank. Make the fine $100 for every mile over the speed limit, which should send the message and bring some safety back to that street!

MARYLOU SPIRES

Glendale


Calm down with the propositions

Am I the only person in California who feels like I've been "propositioned" to death? I'm not talking about the same proposition a Las Vegas call girl might offer, but the end result still feels the same.

Every election, well-funded special interest groups manage to place several misleading measures on the ballots. They spend millions on advertisements hiring actors to strut their stuff on TV, convincing us that voting for their measure is the right thing for Californians.

The result has been that there are so many poorly created laws on the books handcuffing lawmakers to the point where it's impossible for them to do their jobs.

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