Keep the traffic cameras


I am disappointed in pending legislation that would ban red-light cameras (“House votes to unplug red-light cameras in Ohio; Senate vote likely in autumn; Toledo could lose millions,” June 27).

I received a speeding ticket about six months ago in Cleveland. There was a posted speed limit and I was driving too fast.

Are speed limits just a suggestion, and traffic lights and their distinct colors optional? The motorist who gets hit by someone who runs a red light likely would agree about the legality of obeying the light.

Let’s have officers do real police work instead of patroling intersections and streets for violations.



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Red-light cameras promote safety
There are not enough police officers to be at every dangerous intersection. Running red lights and ignoring stop signs are two big causes of serious, often life-threatening accidents.

Too many people enter main roads without stopping or slowing down. A lot of people don’t stop before making a right turn on red.

If you don’t break the law, you won’t get a ticket. It is up to more-mature drivers to set a good example for teens and other new drivers.

Ottawa Lake, Mich.


Obama wisely handling Syria
Praise to President Obama for resisting the drumbeat for a major escalation of our involvement in the Syrian civil war (“History hints that America’s options involving Syria are weak,” op-ed column, June 27).

Absent a United Nations or combined NATO and Arab League cover for increased American involvement, we are best advised to keep as light a footprint as possible in yet another Middle East domestic upheaval.

Let the Syrians settle their own affairs, even though regional powers and interest groups may see it to their advantage to intervene.

The Syrian struggle does not directly affect America’s national interest. But it does directly affect our allies in the area. If they request our assistance, then it is appropriate for us to assess those requests and respond accordingly.

Middlesex Drive

Why close pool yet OK dog park?
Toledo tears down a neighborhood pool, Ravine Park, and leases a dog park (“Bell to sign lease for city dog park; Toledo Unleashed has hounded area officials for years,” June 27).

Where is the logic in this? Toledo officials think dogs are more important than our kids.

4th Street