Letters to the Editor

Fostering a false sense of security

To the Editor:

As the borough closes in on addressing traffic management issues along Yale Avenue, I applaud the enthusiasm around throwing money at problem intersections, but also recognize that the chosen solutions amount to expensive Band-Aids, whose criteria for selection was not grounded on thorough analysis. Due to passive speed limit enforcement and pedestrian safety management, Yale Avenue has become the cut through of choice between central and western Delco, with average speeds along Yale Avenue rivalling those of Michigan Avenue, despite having seven intersections and two stop signs.

Short of radically restricting Yale Avenue traffic to borough residents, any effective safety-oriented solution must physically force speed down, by a lot. Proposed flashing lights will have no more influence than the current signage and incandescent cross-walk painting, and will not alter motorist behavior but will subject a residential neighborhood to industrial-strength light pollution. Additionally, I fear the impact that strobing lights will have on our ability to enjoy our front porch and the rest of our home, as we will look directly onto the light post.

I have been caught in the Yale/Rutgers crosswalk with cars passing me on both sides (this was also routine in the crosswalks leading from Dunkin’ Donuts to the train station when I was a commuter). At times, westbound traffic will stop for pedestrians while eastbound does not, and vice versa, creating motorist confusion and road rage. Seasoned borough residents understand that risk-free Yale Avenue behavior is not to step into a Yale Avenue crosswalk unless both directions are completely clear of a car travelling at 40 mph. I feel it is dangerous to install flashing lights and expect the problem to be solved, as the margin for error is very slim.

Effective solutions fall along the order of speed bumps, humps and pillows, raised high enough to bring speeds down to 10 or 15 miles per hour. A successful example of this solution can be found along Woodward Road in Rose Valley, an east-west throughway between Rose Valley Road and Providence Road. A series of speed bumps were installed that force motorists to slow if they want to keep their mufflers and transmissions intact.

One additional positive and unintended consequence of speed bumps along Yale Avenue would be to incent drivers, who are in a hurry, to reroute themselves to Michigan Avenue or MacDade Boulevard, roads more suited to large amounts of through traffic at higher speeds.

Sam Dickey
Swarthmore

Our two-party system

To the Editor:

It is no foolin’ on that first day of the cruel month of April that an ad for The Donald on a Quaker college building (The Swarthmorean, April 1) would highlight the presence of political polarity within a cooperative species made up of competitive individuals.

This social problem has been noted in Western thought since the Greeks. Whether we tilt toward the paranoid Right or toward the Pollyanna Left seems to depend on the socialization of innate affect.

John Brodsky
for The Tomkins Institute
www.tomkins.org
Swarthmore

A need for the basics

To the Editor:

As many of my neighbors and customers know, I have been a proud supporter of COWAAL (Coalition Of Women Against Abuse in Liberia) for almost 10 years. I have traveled to Liberia multiple times to volunteer and have witnessed the hardships first hand. There is a great need for help. As the next school year approaches, there is a great need for basic supplies. This year has been a very challenging one for donations and the children are in need more than ever before. Here are the items most needed:

• School supplies: book bags, writing utensils and notebooks
• Toiletries: hand sanitizer, bar soap, Vaseline, toothpaste, toothbrushes and sanitary napkins.
• Bedding: twin size sheets
•Canned fish.

Any items, no matter how small the quantity, would be welcome. Shipping is very expensive. We can only afford to send the supplies once per year, and the cutoff date of May 15 is approaching rapidly.

If you can assist us in any way, it would be most appreciated. Donations can be picked up by calling me at (484) 320-0874 or mailed to Edith Ricks, 733 W. Penn Pines Blvd., Aldan, PA 19018.

Anita Ann Murphy
Media

Help defeat alzheimer’s

To the Editor:

Alzheimer’s disease is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States. It is the only cause among the top 10 in America that cannot be prevented, cured or slowed. Almost two thirds of Americans with Alzheimer’s disease are women.

On Saturday, April 16, on George L. King Field at Strath Haven High School, the SHHS Panthers boys lacrosse team will participate in the fourth annual Play for the A’s daylong festival of lacrosse. One hundred per cent of the money raised from their fundraising efforts will go directly to the Delaware Valley Chapter of Alzheimer’s Association. Over the past three years, the event has been able to raise more than $15,000 for this special cause.

If you are interested in helping the fundraising efforts to DEFEAT this dreaded disease, there are several options. You can visit the event website at http://act.alz.org/goto/PlayfortheAs2016, mail a check made out to PRL (Providence Road Lacrosse) to my home at 618 N. Chester Road, Swarthmore, PA 19081, or (most fun option), stop by on April 16 to donate and watch as the teams battle their way through the day! Teams will include Haven Youth Lacrosse (boys and girls), Springfield HS, Hershey HS and Strath Haven HS Panthers lacrosse teams, both varsity and JV.

With your help, we can win the battle and defeat Alzheimer’s!

Lisa (mom) and Joe Healy (SHHS LAX player)
Swarthmore

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