Red-light cameras prevent key law enforcement component: Compassion
My wife, who is 73 years old and has not had a traffic ticket in 50 years of driving, recently received a violation notice based on a photo from an automatic traffic camera. Yes, she was guilty of slightly rolling through a right turn at a red light. However, we were shocked that she must pay a $500 ticket and attend a driving course. We are retired and living on a modest fixed income. This is a lot of money for us. This type of harsh traffic enforcement does not serve as a deterrent, it only creates hardship. I believe the city uses these cameras to generate revenue, not to make the streets safer. A warning ticket plus driving class would have been a much more effective educational tool. Particularly in these days of COVID-19, policing can be more compassionate and still be effective. How many drivers who have lost their jobs and are broke are suffering this same excessive punishment. Redding should outlaw these cameras and have actual police enforcing the law. At least they would have the option of issuing a warning citation when warranted.
— David Haskell, Redding
Should wood debris be turned into fuel to power energy production?
Having recently visited the Lassen National Forest, I can tell it is as fireproof as possible because the dead wood has been removed and the trees are trimmed up to twelve feet above the forest floor. The wood debris is then chipped and burnt at the Burney Forest Products co-generation plant for electricity. This arrangement would be ideal for the area west of Redding. I realize the City of Redding turned its generation plant on Clear Creek Road to natural gas. But that is an imported product. We need to re-establish a wood-burning plant that can be later moved as needed. Perhaps it could be next to that plant. There is definitely a high priority in clearing our public and private lands of wood debris. The City of Redding should begin this charge.
— Russell Hunt, Redding
Readers support Biden-Harris ticket for November election
We will confidently vote for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. They represent decency, honesty, and sanity. They want to restore calm and unity by proudly representing all Americans, not just those who voted for them, look like them or flatter them.
— Mary Lou and Ron Schmidt, Redding
Make sure to vote this election season, it’s important
Don’t let the ballot overwhelm you to the point that you don’t vote. Know that you don’t have to vote for everything. Just vote for what you do understand. Please vote for the President, if nothing else.
— Lois Cummings, Cassel
Donald Trump aims to create chaos this election season
I am old enough to remember the Watergate scandal which gripped this country from 1972-1974. That was a true Constitutional crisis, and in the end, it was a group of Republican senators who finally went to the White House and told President Nixon he had to resign. Shortly afterward, he did and there was a peaceful transition of power. Today, we have a President (Donald Trump) who would invent a Constitutional crisis if he is not re-elected. He has not agreed to leave office, even if a majority of the American public wants him to go. Donald Trump is all about creating chaos and forever sowing doubt in the minds of his supporters. Hopefully, this will not lead to rioting in the streets and violence from the far-right groups who believe everything he says, but if it does, I’m sure Trump will enjoy the mayhem that follows. He’s just that kind of “leader.”
— John Oertel, Redding
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