Letters to the Editor

Don’t put my family in danger by speeding

Highway 67 is a very good and safe highway!

It is well planned and engineered, maintained well, and designed for 55 mph. The problem is there is not enough law enforcement nor severe enough fines and penalties.

I drive this road often. When in the one lane sections, traffic piles up behind me because I drive 55 mph, but when we get to the two lane sections, “Kelly bar the door,” it’s pedal to the metal and they pass me so they can by choice violate the posted speed limit.

If all drivers used the road at 55 mph, there would not be need to improve the road, because at 55 mph there would be no need to pass. My experience on 67 tells me NO ONE DRIVES LESS THAN 55 MPH (almost).

If you are late for work or business, leave earlier or accept being late, but don’t put my kids, grandkids, or great-grandkids’ lives in danger just so you by choice can violate the law.

Donald L. Russell

Ramona

Common sense calls for driving safely near park

To the residents of Ramona/Country Estates,

I wanted to take a minute to bring up an issue that could lead to terrible consequences. I have lived near Ramona Oaks Park for about a year now and would like to address the drivers who use excessive speed as they drive by the park, both on Ramona Oaks Road and on Pappas Road. Common sense would suggest driving slower around a park where kids are always around and playing.

There is a Recreation Center where kids from all the schools in Ramona go to before and after school. A new playground just went in that is always full of parents and children with a nice dog park that many families bring their dogs, too.

At all times of the day, we see kids on scooters, skateboards, and bikes. People are walking and running all around by the condos and park, which is how it should be in this area. We walk to the park with our two kids and our dog many times throughout the week and it seems every other time, there is a car driving very fast by the park. They drive fast enough that there would be no time for them to stop if a kid accidently jetted out in front of them.

Again, common sense in a park setting would be to slow down and be aware of kids and people playing at the park.

I decided to write this letter yesterday because my fears became a terrible reality of what could happen when someone is driving too fast and not paying attention. We were taking our daughter and our dog for a walk, and as we came up to Ramona Oaks Road, another dog, who had gotten out, was roaming around. As we crossed the street a truck driving very fast hit the poor dog right in front of us. It was a shocking sight; we could not believe it.

People need to think about what they are doing and how fast they are going around the park. You never know who or what is going to pop out in front of you.

Amber Chappell

Ramona

Target shooting ban is un-American

One of the things I’ve really enjoyed doing ever since I was a teenager in the late 1940s was to go out on a weekend to target shoot with my friends, and now my grandkids. It’s a lot of fun. This is why we live in Ramona. It’s close to “public land.”

Now this right to go target shooting is being destroyed by Washington plutocrats. If you call up the Palomar Ranger District at 760-788-0250, the recording will tell you that the Orosco Shooting Area is closed to target shooting due to “public safety concerns and environmental analysis” — but that road is open and hunting is allowed. What a lame excuse.

Well, I’m not into killing defenseless animals. All I want to do is target shoot with my grandkids before I die from old age.

When Obama took over, someone on TV asked him what he planned to do about gun control. As I remember, His answer was that he was “going to come in under the radar.” If this is what is behind forbidding target shooting at Orosco Ridge, it’s un-American, and it’s not what I spent 16 months in Korea for (1951-53) as a draftee getting shot at, or the troopship crossings of the Pacific, East China, and Yellow Sea packed like sardines locked in the lower decks of vomit-filled troopships (32 days).

Cancel the target shooting ban at Orosco Ridge immediately, with no additional fees other than the passport fees that are now demanded.

Ray A. Hollings

Ramona

Annual tour success

Thanks to our community for supporting the San Vicente Valley Clubs Home & Wineries Tour. We had another successful year and are able to give out many scholarships and help with community needs. Your efforts are appreciated.

Claudia Weringa, for

San Vicente Valley Club

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Posted by Karen Brainard on Jun 2 2012. Filed under Commentary. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

2 Comments for “Letters to the Editor”

  1. RenFaiz

    The problem on 67 is that there are too many yay-hoos driving in the Ramona and back country areas, who cut in front of or cut off the conscientious drivers. I cannot count the number of times I have been passed either via the shoulder or when the passing cars and motorcycles go over the double yellow centerlines. As we all know, there are also too many people dialing and yakking-and texting-on their cell phones.

    There are some areas where we need flashing yellow caution lights on 67, or concrete dividers.

  2. Guest

    I have noticed a trend, most of the people who cause the accidents on the 67, they are NOT from Ramona. Many of these people do not drive these roads often and think they can speed well over the speed limit. All of us living in ramona have seen way too many fatal accidents and therefore most of us use extreme caution. We need to make the public more aware to take precaution when driving on unfamiliar roads.

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