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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Cameras put safety in focus

I agree with your Nov. 29 editorial “Maintain traffic cameras.” The state should keep these cameras.

Many traffic accidents happen because of speeding. Traffic cameras deter speeding. Instead of getting rid of these cameras, the state should improve the current ones’ efficiency.

You ended the editorial well by stating that many lives will be in danger if Ohio ends red-light and speeding-enforcement cameras.

Gov. John Kasich should think this over before he signs a bill that removes traffic cameras, which could affect many people.

MIRIAM DIA

Tetherwood Drive

 

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Obey driving laws; don’t sweat cameras

People believe that driving is a right when it is a privilege. Motorists who break the driving laws lose that privilege.

If driving laws were always obeyed, the very thought of red light/​speed cameras never would have existed.

HENRY RYBACZEWSKI

Douglas Road

 

Addicts need help via medication

Treatment is the best hope for addicts and their families (“Senator touts bill that would help addicts; Brown in Toledo to press for support,” Dec. 2).

A drug used in the treatment of opiate addiction, Suboxone, is available by prescription. However, federal regulations, politics, and questionable activities by licensed physicians are preventing drug-addicted patients from receiving the treatment they need.

About 35 doctors in northwest Ohio are licensed to prescribe Suboxone. Most of them are not accepting new patients. Many will not accept public insurance such as Medicaid or Medicare. A few will accept cash only.

If someone doesn’t have good private insurance or a pile of cash lying around, seeking treatment for opiate addiction is an exercise in futility, both for the addict and the addict’s family.

Quotas, unreasonable regulation, and licensing requirements, combined with moral turpitude, fear, and ignorance, deprive a nation of its compassion and our youth of a future.

With heroin use on the rise and treatment lagging, the stories to follow will be grim, and all for lack of reason.

JIM WHITE

Fremont, Ohio

 

Inmates’ needs don’t come first

Your Nov. 30 editorial “Jail policy over politics” was 90 percent correct, but the writer obviously never has been victimized.

Take a poll of those who have, and ask them what, as you say, “inmates from Toledo deserve.”

ED DEMAIN

Whitehouse

Editor’s note: The writer is a retired juvenile parole officer for the State of Ohio.

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