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Re: “Reader: Red light cams don't address the underlying problem

Synchronizing of the lights can only be done in one direction at a time and any changes in traffic volume due to events, side traffic, etc can completely disrupt them. Traffic is a very dynamic grid system with an added dimension of time. Trying to sync the lights on one road is bad enough, trying to sync them on multiple, interconnected roads is order of magnitudes more difficult.

You want to fix the traffic problems, put the phone down and don't touch it, not even at stoplights as ANY manual data entry (IOW doing anything which requires more than pushing one single button) is illegal even at stoplights. That includes reading/sending emails, texting, playing on social media, taking pictures, looking up directions, etc.

Every stoplight you pull up to, take a look around and you will see drivers with their heads down, illegally playing with their phones. They, when they get a green light, they aren't ready and because of them, fewer people can get through the green light. That, in turn, makes people upset, so they try to beat the red to squeeze thru during the cycle.

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Posted by Odin on 12/06/2017 at 11:58 AM

Re: “Reader: Red light cams don't address the underlying problem

Personally I dont think its the timing between the yellow and red I think its the synchronizing of the lights on the thru streets. Its very hard to move traffic if the lights dont sync and that causes people to try to rush in order to get past the next light. Its been that way for years in the Springs.

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Posted by Rocky Smith on 12/05/2017 at 7:05 PM

Re: “Reader: Red light cams don't address the underlying problem

Yeah I am going to have to agree with the author here. I've lived in a lot of cities but Colorado Springs takes the cake for the worst designed traffic system. Odin mentions traffic engineers- I am not sure if COS actually employs practiced engineers- or more likely and as is in line with this city, COS employs a BS company and someone gets a kick-back somewhere. in the 6 years I've lived here, one constant thought I've had is that COS must not have actually had any coherent plan for their traffic, ever. And all the responses that are critical of the author, make excuses for our horrible congestion and traffic, etc., you all are such a major part of the problem because you are slaves to the status quo. You are too afraid or ignorant to call out the actual problems and instead continually blame the messenger.

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Posted by KyleJS on 12/05/2017 at 1:01 PM

Re: “Reader: Trump overlooked a few other "wins"

Yep too bad Hillary and the DNC corrupted the primary. We could have had a true politician for the people with Bernie Sanders. Dumb HRC voters had to ruin it though

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Posted by KyleJS on 12/05/2017 at 12:49 PM

Re: “Reader: These times call for public transit

Yeah we need to stop making excuse and stop listening to people living in the past. We need a reliable inter and intra city public transport on rails- this is ridiculous. I've lived in the area for over6 years now and watched time and again as corrupt projects get forced through- we need to put an end to the BS and make the city and county work for us on what we actually need.

No City for Chumps- no more widening I-25- no more buddy-buddy development projects. How long are we going to know we need a responsive government without having one before we do something about it?

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Posted by KyleJS on 12/05/2017 at 12:47 PM

Re: “Reader: Trump overlooked a few other "wins"

tRump is the winner of the sexual assault accusations too... the twittering hemorrhoid, harasser-in-chief also has lied more that all the previous presidents combined... yep, this cheap reality show putin puppet is a real wiener alright.

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Posted by happyfew on 12/05/2017 at 11:11 AM

Re: “Reader: Trump overlooked a few other "wins"

I guess that makes you a loser.

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Posted by Mikeb45 on 12/05/2017 at 9:23 AM

Re: “Reader: These times call for public transit

Inter-city public transport is doomed to failure unless really good intra-city public transport is put in place first. The HyperLoop, Front Range fast rail service, etc are all colossal wastes of money unless that critical flaw is fixed first. Every place that has tried it has found this out the hard way and the inter-city transport ends up being a black hole for money relying on government bail-outs (IOW increased taxes) to keep it running. However, the intra-city services do fairly well without the inter-city services.

Having lived overseas (mostly in Europe, including in Italy) for over a decade I can tell you that the reason why the inter-city transport works overseas is because they have excellent intra-city public transport.

I adamantly oppose throwing any money at these inter-city services if the intra-city services are not done first.

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Posted by Dave H on 12/04/2017 at 4:37 PM

Re: “Reader: These times call for public transit

The hyperloop will speed things up considerably. However, the hyperloop will be a product of capitalism. Perhaps you can seize it after it is built. Then you can set the price according to your whim and NOT according to market demands.

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Posted by XX YY on 12/04/2017 at 5:04 AM

Re: “Reader: Red light cams don't address the underlying problem

Short cycling lights? Really? Haaaa!!

The underlying problem is that some people think they are better than others and deserve a privilidge to endanger lives by running lights.

Lets give them a reality check.

Fine them. Take their license away. Driving is a privilidge and we each owe the other the respect to be safe and cautious in our driving. In our attitude, in our lives.

For crying out loud....

Dave :-)

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Posted by William David Beadles on 12/01/2017 at 10:47 PM

Re: “Reader: Red light cams don't address the underlying problem

" If the city wants to reduce red light violations and accidents then it should stop short-cycling the signal lights."

The city doesn't "short cycle" the lights. The author is just one of those people who thinks he knows more about city traffic engineering than the actual qualified and certified engineers. The fact is that red light running is damn near a religion in Colorado Springs and it has everything to do with the drivers, not the traffic lights. People here are always trying to "beat the red" when what they should be doing is slowing down and stopping. And it doesn't matter how long the yellow phase is, they just keep coming through. There is even several seconds between when the crossing or turning traffic gets the red and the green goes on, but people repeatedly will run the red even after the other traffic has gotten a green -- meaning they have had a red for several seconds.

Put the blame where it really lies -- crappy drivers.

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Posted by Odin on 12/01/2017 at 2:59 PM

Re: “Reader: Let's talk about helping vs. enabling

Well, Peter, I have put in four-plus decades of providing aid to homeless and other people in need. During that time, I'd like to think we might have learned a few things. One of those is that handouts have unintended side effects. I've stated in many places that the concern is with a small minority of the homeless population.

The "Albuquerque plan"? It has not gotten rid of panhandlers in that city. It HAS however informed much of the populace there that the guy flying a sign very likely was offered a job THAT DAY and has turned it down in order to keep begging. It has had a slight positive impact on the scene. I believe we should run that experiment in our town as well. The "homeless establishment" sees no reason to even discuss this possibility. Viva la Status Quo - remember? There are LOTS of good ideas out there, I simply dislike seeing them go "SPLAT" against a brick wall and going no further.

Believe me, I am VERY well acquainted with the "it can happen to anybody" theme of homelessness. Nine years ago I enjoyed a comfortable income (with health care benefits) working as a nurse as I volunteered at several agencies in town. I did that lifestyle for many years. Got crippled on my employer's operating table (Penrose Hospital) and then FIRED by Penrose "because I could no longer do the work". Ended up in very poor health with no health insurance, could have lost the house. It really CAN "happen to anyone".

My main point is, that unless we as a community of providers (and funders) starting getting to know each and every recipient of this town's largesse, we will continue to have the "bum problem" as the Westside Pioneer editor terms it. It is NOT women with kids fleeing domestic violence, it is NOT folks coping with poor health and/or job loss, it is NOT someone who truly is "down on their luck". It is a real actively small number of folks who have opted out of trying to leave the streets. The Pioneer Editor makes it clear, he is only discussing the minority part of the homeless population who fit the "bum" catagory. Encouraging this is not good for these individuals and it is not good for our community in general.
Peter, if you had been attending the monthly homeless providers' meetings (CHAP), you would have been unable to avoid noticing the relentless replacement of volunteer driven services with paid people. It is unavoidable, the agency will take on a different atmosphere. "Sorry buddy, it's 5:08 PM. We close at five." That sort of thing. Ever been at the Soup Kitchen as they are approaching 1PM? The "Security Team" yells at you to leave so they can knock down the tables. The Kitchen didn't act that way in the all-volunteer days when Steve Handen ran it. I suppose I really shouldn't get upset at this process, it is kind of unavoidable, like growing old.
It sounds like we are on the same side, Peter. I simply like to approach things using both head and heart.....

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Posted by OneMoreVoter on 12/01/2017 at 10:16 AM

Re: “Reader: Let's talk about helping vs. enabling

Annoyed by Panhandlers?
Have fun with it!
Submit Your Panhandler Photos and Vote for Your Favorites!

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Posted by Pete Dixon on 12/01/2017 at 8:49 AM

Re: “Reader: I apologize

And to be attacked in the "comments" is absolute confirmation of the bigotry that abounds here in this city. The fact is that "political correctness" is actually thought control and it is working. "Celebrate diversity" as a motto a while back was actually a call to action, to stage small criminal acts and point fingers at the predicted "perpetrators". You reap what you sow. When all else fails make it up. The more you protest the more you promote.
If you are a homosexual teenager stuck in the wrong body and are suffering from paranoid thoughts of outside aggressors stalking you and you disagree with the history of the world as it is written then hey, it sucks to be you. No bumper sticker can cure you. Maybe a parade might make you happy for a day or two but that's it.
I apologize for nothing but I am sorry to have to be exposed to such childish behaviors and insults based only on my skin color and gender. People who do not talk to me do not know me. Don't go around identifying your imaginary enemies and do not let others aid you in that folly, it's a bottomless pit of despair. Misery loves company.

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Posted by Bob Wyman on 11/30/2017 at 5:16 PM

Re: “Reader: Let's talk about helping vs. enabling

Sounds like Matthew Parkhouse, RN hsn't done much other than complain. Recently I noticed the Westside Pioneer Editor has used issue after issue to label the homeless as enabled bums. The unsympathetic in this town would rather step over dead bodies than give someone socks and a sleeping bag. I thought Matthew might be trying to think a point through until reading his 'additional piece' as onemorevoter which I am sure is not meant to point out that the there are non profits in this town not paying themselves salaries to help the homeless. I'd suggest trying to direct people to a blog would have been more worthy Mr. Parkhouse. Tell people how your 'Arizona plan' would benefit the town.

It is the season to give and I hope while choosing charities purposefully that people will be more emphatic towards the circumstances of others. It would be great if the proper helping hand could manage an apt row (like on Fillmore with easy access to the bus) where people could be helped back on their feet. Most people are a pay check away from being thrown out and won't find a place easily. Bless the friends I have who have taken other family friends in when tossed from their rentals so the landlord could raise the rent.

Maybe our town is 'homeless friendly' but maybe some of the people have jobs. STOP handing out money. The pan handlers are plentiful for one reason. Different people with the same dog on a corner means that is a racket. Government shouldn't have to fix this problem. Another group of people could help shelters with offering support for people who need bus ticket Vs. some day work. People who are critical should go get to know people without having such an attitude. This holiday season stop looking down your nose at people. Say good morning to the person walking through the neighborhood with the shopping cart. I do hand out packs of dog kibble and garbage bags.

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Posted by TruB on 11/30/2017 at 5:10 PM

Re: “Reader: Let's talk about helping vs. enabling

A theme "trimmed out of my letter" involves the fact that "helping the homeless" has become a thriving industry in our community. When you are a volunteer who supports him/herself by painting houses or doing nursing night shifts to be part of the community effort, your viewpoint is different than when homeless dollars feed the family, pay the mortgage and send the kid to college. You tend to be fonder of the status quo. Unfortunately, the process parallels that of our defence industry. "It really doesn't matter that the airplane barely stays in the air, as long as the factory building the landing gear remains open in our town"..... Our "status quo" of not knowing all of our recipients of support results in enabling of homelessness, the trashing of neighbourhoods around some of the agencies and that "brick wall" separating potentially involved citizens from those who run the show. Wasn't always this way. I personally was responsible for finding and promoting the concept that resulted in the creation of Homeward Pikes Peak. I helped found the clinic at the Soup Kitchen. Could I do this sort of thing now, as the effort becomes more and more "professional"? I doubt it very much. I keep harking back to Eric Hoffer's quote regarding movements: "All ideas start out as causes. They then evolve into businesses. Some go on to become rackets." Where is your favourite non-profit on this continuum?

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Posted by OneMoreVoter on 11/30/2017 at 8:11 AM

Re: “Reader: I apologize

perhaps you should apologize for just not getting it... you are clueless in your cluelessness!!!

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Posted by happyfew on 11/29/2017 at 4:00 PM

Re: “Reader: Move toward compassion

You miss the point. There are are people vilifying and demanding apologies from people for being White. There are people vilifying people for being straight. There are people vilifying people for being Christian. Etc. Even though the vast majority of these groups have done absolutely nothing to be vilified for. If you are gay, you can have a parade to celebrate it, but if you are straight, you cannot -- at least not without being labeled a homophobe and a gay hater. There are Hispanic, Black, Asian etc heritage months, but you can't celebrate White heritage without being labelled a NAZI, KKK member, and white supremacist . There is a very clear set of dual standards and entire swaths of the country are being marginalized, shamed, and discriminated against for being the majority.

No one is saying that minority groups have not been discriminated against, vilified, persecuted, and so on or trying to downplay that they have. What is being said is that in an effort to address that discrimination and persecution, people have adopted a policy of discrimination, vilification, etc.. And THAT is every bit as wrong headed as the original discrimination, vilification, and persecution.

People should be able to proud to be Black, or White, or Hispanic, ....

People should be able to proud to be an Atheist, Christian, Jew, Muslim, ....

People should be able to be proud to be Gay, or Straight, ....

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Posted by Odin on 11/29/2017 at 1:04 PM

Re: “Reader: I apologize

Hilarious but sad

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Posted by Rocky Smith on 11/28/2017 at 8:17 PM

Re: “Reader: I apologize

To whom are you apologizing?

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Posted by Lenora McAndrews Degen on 11/27/2017 at 11:27 PM

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