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Just Sayin’: Don’t trigger red lights for no reason

A pedestrian traffic-light button at Larkfield Road and

A pedestrian traffic-light button at Larkfield Road and Bellerose Avenue in East Northport. Photo Credit: Newsday/Lawrence Striegel

For years, I have seen some school crossing guards make rush-hour traffic worse. I’ve seen guards press pedestrian crossing buttons to trigger a signal as soon as the light for traffic in the opposite direction turned green, even if there was no one around who needed to cross. In essence, they worsen congestion and prolong driving times. I have written and spoken to the Nassau County Police Department, but nothing has changed.

Granted, I’m not sure how well the buttons work, but activating extra red lights for no reason should stop. A crossing guard should wait until a pedestrian actually needs the help.

Jason Kaas, Lindenhurst

Quality of life going down a bumpy road

As a lifelong resident of Nassau County, I can’t help but feel the downward spiral this wonderful place is in.

Yes, there has been a stability in real estate tax increases. However, we are still one of the highest-taxed counties in the nation.

What is really noticeable is how the quality of life is incrementally deteriorating. Little things pile up. Why is a red-light ticket $150 in Nassau County and $50 in New York City?

What is especially concerning is, where does our tax money go? You will be hard pressed to find a smooth road in much of Nassau. So many are hodgepodges of ugly patches and bumps. We can no longer enjoy a drive. Tire companies laugh as they rake in the money. Who decides to never repave some roads? Must we all drive trucks?

Of course, no one takes responsibility. Can we get people motivated to make some changes and elect competent people with common sense? Republican or Democrat, it doesn’t seem to matter. I, for one, will soon give up and get the heck out of here!

John Cassandro, North Bellmore

Is Adopt-A-Highway money cleaning roads?

Readers have written in to complain about unsightly litter on our parkways. Aren’t funds from the state Department of Transportation’s Adopt-a-Highway program supposed to pay for regular cleanup?

Along some highways, you will notice a sign indicating that a company has paid New York State to hire a contractor to remove trash from a one-mile stretch. For two years, 2013-14, my advertising company, MapToons, paid thousands of dollars to sponsor a section of the Wantagh State Parkway south of Sunrise Highway. We were happy to support the cleanliness of the road. Shouldn’t that money be used to keep our roadsides clean?

Mark Snider, Massapequa

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