Antioch has a new Indy 500

Dear Editor:

I go walking almost every morning about 6:30 a.m. in the cool of the morning. While leaving my house on Aug. 28 and approaching Crestview Drive, I started counting cars. A woman in a black car was driving toward me as I was about to cross the street corner at Poppy and continue on. I thought better of it when she was on her cell phone oblivious to anyone or thing.

As I continued, I counted over 55 cars coming from West 10th Street, turning down Crestview and going to West 18th, turning and to up to the stoplights at Auto Row, turning to go to the freeway.

1. They weren't going the speed limit. 2. More than one-third didn't even stop at the stop sign before turning right on West 18th.

Now on Sept. 4, I started out on my walk again at 6:25 a.m. I stopped at the corner of Poppy Way and Aster as a truck pulling a speed sign passed, followed by a police car. I figured my email to the City Council was taken seriously, even though only one of the city councilmen answered it. I thought good, a speed sign, and a police giving out tickets for those who didn't make the stop. As I walked from Poppy to Crestview, some 85 cars went past me as I continued my walk down West 18th Street. That's as average of 3.4 cars per minute in 25 minutes. I would turn and watch each car come from West 10th Street; more than half didn't even stop.

Boy was I surprised when I turned the corner and found a speed sign on Poppy Way, and no policeman giving out tickets to those who ran the stop sign.


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Sept. 5, once again, I started my walk at 6:29 a.m. and as I turned the corner and walked toward Crestview, once again I started counting cars taking the short cut down Crestview from West 18th Street. As I walked down Crestview, then West 18th Street toward Tulip, 86 cars passed me in 20 minutes, That is once again 3.4 cars per minute, and again over half not even stopping at the stop sign.

We live in a residential area and it should not be used as a short cut. Cars need to go the speed limit and cars should stop at the stop sign. Stop making our area Indianapolis 500 a neighborhood freeway express.

R.V. Bean

Antioch

State could make us felons

Dear Editor:

With everything going on in the world, many Californians don't realize how close our legislature is to making millions of us felons. A 22 caliber semi-auto rifle with a five-round magazine will be an assault weapon. An identical 15-round tube fed rifle isn't. A lever action 30-06 rifle with a 10-round magazine, capable of dropping a bear at 500 yards, isn't. That's like saying "street racers have spoilers on their cars, so lets ban all cars with spoilers." Having a spoiler does not make a Kia a race car.

And since it's a retroactive law, all semi-auto rifles with a magazine in California will be illegal to own. Rather than go after illegal, fully automatic weapons owned by criminals, or rather than dealing with mental disorders behind these mass shootings, our legislature is pushing to ban all of these guns in California. Do you think this is going to stop gang members from getting their guns? Uh, no! And don't think for one minute that gang members will register to buy ammo, either. They will steal it or bring it in from out of state. Making felons out of law abiding citizens won't stop gun violence any more that banning Advil will stop sales of heroin.

Steve Brown Sr.

Oakley

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