Let­ters to the Edi­tor

Yuma Sun - - OPINION -

Stop com­plain­ing and go help oth­ers

Re­ally, peo­ple, isn’t it time to stop these neg­a­tive “Let­ters to the Edi­tor?” If you are bored, go out and vol­un­teer — there are so many peo­ple in need of help. You blast the Democrats, now I ask you, do you get a monthly pay­ment from So­cial Se­cu­rity and are you cov­ered by Medi­care? If so, do you think to say thank you to the Democrats who passed them?

Franklin Roo­sevelt gave us So­cial Se­cu­rity and Harry Tru­man gave us Medi­care. Now take time to re­search what Ron­ald Rea­gan did to teach­ers, fire­men, po­lice. They only re­ceive 40 per­cent of So­cial Se­cu­rity. I am mar­ried to a re­tired pro­fes­sor who worked many years at night to build up his money go­ing into So­cial Se­cu­rity. Ha! That did not work; he still gets only 40 per­cent. Do you think this is fair? Bet our politi­cians get much more. Again, in­stead of writ­ing so many Let­ters to the Edi­tor, take time to go visit se­niors and vet­er­ans who are lonely and in need of friends.

CAROLYN GERHART

Yuma

Help keep beach ar­eas clean in Yuma

The garbage at the con­flu­ence of the Colorado River and Gila River is dis­ap­point­ing and dis­turb­ing. We were shocked at all the garbage strewn all over the beach last week­end. Dirty di­a­pers, bro­ken bot­tles, propane can­is­ters, food wrap­pers, soda cups and lots of plas­tic wa­ter bot­tles. If you love to use that area, help keep it clean. If you bring it to the river, take it home. Don’t let your friends leave garbage be­hind. Bring gloves and pick up a few items that some­one else care­lessly left be­hind. Stop bring­ing glass bot­tles to the beach!

If we all make the ef­fort to take our garbage home and pick up a lit­tle bit that lazy peo­ple left af­ter their day at the beach, it will help a lot! What a won­der­ful re­source we have here to float, swim and en­joy the rivers. If you use this beau­ti­ful area, our oa­sis in a hot desert cli­mate, help keep it clean.

PA­TRICK HEALY

Yuma

Round­abouts are ex­pen­sive and dan­ger­ous

As a long­time Yuma res­i­dent, I am shocked at the ex­pen­sive and dan­ger­ous round­abouts on Araby Road and Giss Park­way. At the cost of $8 mil­lion, the Araby Road round­about is a dis­as­ter. Daily I wit­ness near ac­ci­dents and driv­ers play­ing cat and mouse while driv­ing.

Con­struc­tion was aw­ful and al­though we had High­way Pa­trol of­fi­cers dur­ing the day, at night it is fright­en­ing to ma­neu­ver since there is no light­ing and poor sig­nage. Signs are rou­tinely knocked over and in­stead of mak­ing the flow of traf­fic bet­ter, the city has put driv­ers at risk.

Our win­ter vis­i­tors for the most part have NO IDEA of the proper lanes in which to drive and cut off ve­hi­cles try­ing to ac­cess the in­ter­state ramps. I have seen more than eight ac­ci­dents on these roads since the con­struc­tion and can­not be­lieve our tax dol­lars went to such poor plan­ning.

In­stead of mak­ing it dif­fi­cult to nav­i­gate our roads and over­spend­ing, why not ad­dress the lack of sun struc­tures for the YCAT shut­tles and pre­serv­ing our North End.

Yuma his­tory is dis­ap­pear­ing. I was born here and I am sad­dened to see such waste.

CHRISTI GIBEL

Yuma

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