Letters to the Editor
Repeal speed camera law
The Aug. 23 speed camera story missed many key points and only spoke to people inside the revenue stream. The story clearly showed most people obeying speed limits in work zones, and speeding was counted as a mere 1 mph above the speed limit, which is absurd. Are speedometers and the cameras that accurate?
Why was it not asked why the speed limits are under-posted? Why do other states post higher speed limits in work zones? Why do they not want speed cameras there? What assurance is there of speed-reading accuracy and identification of the proper vehicle?
All I see is the desire to implement even more draconian measures to rake in more cash for the state. Engineering analysis and improvements are missing. No profit in that.
Also no mention of some people driving like turtles, or slamming the brakes, which may cause a crash.
The speed camera law must be repealed immediately, not made worse. Pennsylvania needs to learn from other states and use realistic speed limits, the zipper merge, more night work, protective barriers, etc.
A real state trooper can immediately prevent a safety problem, but how does a ticket a month later do that? A real trooper can also issue a ticket to a foreign driver.
If we must have speed cameras, how about something innovative? Rather than speeding fines, how about instead we have a prize drawing for people who drive at the speed limit or below? That would cost money so it will not occur, but it would accomplish the publicly stated goal. This is all about the money, folks.
James Sikorski Jr.
PA Advocate National Motorists Association
National Infrastructure Bank to provide $5T for projects
Congresswoman Mary Gay Scanlon, D-5, told me in person that she is passionate about infrastructure. That’s why I’m especially disappointed she has not added her name to H.R. 3339, the “National Infrastructure Bank Act of 2021”.
The bank would provide $5 trillion in funding for rebuilding our decaying and collapsing infrastructure. It would do this without adding to the national deficit and would require no new taxes. And it would create 25 million new, well-paid, industrial, socially distanced jobs in America. Such a bank has proven its effectiveness four times in our nation’s past. It’s how FDR financed the New Deal. The current bipartisan infrastructure bill would provide less than 10% of the nation’s current infrastructure needs. Tropical Storm Ida showed once again how woefully inadequate our infrastructure is. When will the congresswoman co-sponsor the bill that can fix it?
Lansdowne, Delaware County
Corman's audit will yield bogus results
First, Donald Trump lies and claims the Pennsylvania election was stolen.
Second, Trump’s Republican partisans in PA swallow the “election was stolen” lie and regurgitate the claim, without any evidence.
Third, spineless PA Republican leaders like Jake Corman, R-34, listen only to the partisans and say people are bringing pressure to audit the election results, so we must do it.
Clever. Create a bogus issue, listen only to those who believe the bogus claims, then assert that we must investigate our own bogus issue.
No matter how this plays out, two things are certain:
First, whatever the partisan audit comes up with will be bogus, just like the original election fraud claims.
Second, Jake Corman and the state Republicans will make Pennsylvania the laughingstock of the nation.
Jake Corman needs to stop wasting taxpayers’ money — and leave elected office.
State College, Centre County