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Posted: Saturday, June 14, 2008 6:24 pm | Updated: 11:00 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

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ROUNDABOUTS

Can’t work with Arizona drivers

“Entering vehicles yield” will spell the doom of roundabouts in Arizona, much as it has doomed the traffic circles of the East Coast to sillydom. The roundabout is a silly, if not a stupid, approach to traffic control.

New Jersey, which used the traffic circle almost exclusively at every state highway intersection, gave up the idea of circles (roundabouts) as archaic and a poor solution to modern traffic control. The New Jersey Turnpike set the example for the nation with a median barrier, and right-hand exits only.

Carrying that thought to every major thoroughfare, left-hand turns were abolished, and right-side “jughandles” were built as early as 1960.

ADOT is 48 years behind the times in terms of modern traffic control. But the problem doesn’t lie solely with ADOT. In every state I have traveled, the vehicle entering the highway merge has to yield when entering the main road. Not in Arizona. Not going to happen. Vehicles entering the highway blast their way onto the main road at or above the speed limit with no thought of yielding

How, with all the willy nilly drivers out there, can anyone expect that roundabouts present an answer to modern traffic control? ADOT hasn’t learned that you cannot rely on the driver to voluntarily subdue his or her ego to control the vehicle within the law.

As in all things vehicular, the primary judgment will come from insurance claims law, which will dictate motor vehicle law.

WALT ARMOUR

GOLD CANYON

OIL

Make gasoline from coal instead

I just read a most interesting magazine article entitled “Coal to Our Rescue.” The article explains in detail how our “thousand year” supply can be used to supply us with a “richer, cleaner easier way of life.”

Many of these processes were discovered while industries were trying to find ways to clean up the air from the stacks of industrial plants that were converting coal to coke for the steel mills. In cleaning up the flue gasses, it was found that coal could be pulverized so finely that it could be piped into an industrial furnace as easily and as economically as fuel oil or gas. A simplified flow chart shows the process for converting coal into diesel and fuel oils, industrial chemicals and gasoline through distillation of condensed gasses.

Yes, federal environmental requirements would require some serious research, but the money being spent today on bridges to nowhere and paying farmers not to grow corn and the billions of dollars spent on other foolishness would buy a lot of research for the purpose of getting our nation free of having to buy oil from people who hate us.

The article referred to was printed in the January 1944 issue of Popular Science. They were actually doing it then. We are the Saudi Arabia of coal, my friends. We need coal as a major part of our national energy policy.

RICHARD M. CURWIN

APACHE JUNCTION

Leave profits alone

I am amazed listening to the discussions about “windfall profits.” I still live in the United States, right? I hate the price of gas like anyone else, but c’mon. Do people not realize that a profit margin of 8.5 percent is good but not great?

Also, if the government creates the right to tax “Big Oil” for making a large but modest profit, who’s next? If Congress and the president can decide how much an “appropriate” profit for one company or industry is, then it’s only a matter of time before they do it for every company. Before you start cheering on Congress to get “Big Oil,” remember that when the federal income tax was first implemented, it was only on the mega-wealthy but now we all have the income tax. It went from 2 percent of the population to 100 percent. Government always thinks a program for one should be for all, once we aren’t watching!

TREVOR HANSEN

MESA

MOTOR VEHICLE DIVISION

Waning interest in public

Well, we all knew the Arizona Motor Vehicle Division was bureaucratic, now they can be called unconcerned as well. Their new year expiration stickers do not stand up to the application of standard automobile wax.

The registration on my wife’s car expires this month. I renewed for two years, using Service Arizona, in late April. When the registration arrived along with her sticker, I applied it to the license plate. I then waxed her car. Imagine my surprise when I applied the wax to her license plate, the information printed on the renewal sticker disappeared.

I brought the offending sticker to the Casa Grande MVD office. I explained the situation to the clerk behind the counter. She wanted to charge me $5 for a new sticker. When I attempted to explain the situation to the office manager, she walked away, refusing to listen or take note of this problem.

I made six telephone calls to the MVD central office. I had to abandon four of the calls, because I just could not wait on hold any longer. I got through twice, and each time spoke to a person who could not help me; each time I asked to speak to a supervisor. The first time I went into voice mail and never got a call back. The second time a woman took all my information and promised to investigate and call me back. It’s now been over a week with no call back.

I next wrote an e-mail to the MVD June 2, and followed it up June 4. As previously experienced, absolutely no response.

I’m not complaining about the $5, though I don’t believe I should have to pay because of faulty equipment, but of the MVD’s complete and utter lack of caring attitude.

LOU SHAIN

CASA GRANDE

WEIGHTS

Handle them carefully

Watching TV news recently, I saw a middle-age man who had lost 100 pounds of body weight. He was shown balancing himself on his back on one of those popular large inflatable exercise balls while doing triceps curls.

The tricep curl is by itself a risky exercise because if the weight slips out of your hands or your effort gives out and you try to pull the weight back to your chest you can very easily hit your face or neck — with a lot of weight.

Now imagine trying to do all this while balancing on a beach-type ball: this is something only experts should be doing — who want to show off!

Having spent many years lifting weights in the gym, I have to say it’s dangerous, irresponsible and should be discouraged.

NORMAN NIPPERUS

TEMPE

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