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Posted: Wednesday, August 11, 2010 3:30 pm

The consequences of Obamacare

Dear Editor:

While visiting the cardiologist the other day, I noticed some changes in personnel. The medical assistant who was working with me told me two people had been laid off due to the reduction in Medicare payments.

The guillotine of the big government of social justice has fallen. People are losing jobs, and, as predicted, we'll see deterioration in medical services. It's inevitable. This example is but a glimpse of things to come.

Exciting isn't it? Remember in November!

Don Kennedy

AF traffic circle debate

Dear Editor:

That two residential roundabouts/traffic circles have shown lukewarm support at best - Equestrian/Appaloosa roundabout barely managing to reach the required 61 signatures for permanent over temporary placement and "fizzled out" support for the one at 36th and Coconino streets - inspires thoughts of incredulity.

Roger Dickinson, residing near the Equestrian/Appaloosa roundabout, stated that Phoenix could use the money more wisely elsewhere, where it's needed ("Decision on 2 controversial AF traffic circles expected soon," AFN, July 14). True. Over the four summers I've resided in Ahwatukee I've read off and on about the highest number of traffic accidents in the area occurring at 48th Street and Ray Road where no traffic circle has ever been proposed. Rather than spend the several hundreds of thousands of dollars from a transportation bond issue approved by a city-wide vote in 2006 on residential roundabout, this is where it should be spent. Although a traffic circle there wouldn't have to have the aesthetics of the huge traffic circled called Charles deGaulle Etoile in Paris, it would look fine filled with gravel and native plants of the Sonoran desert as seen along Chandler Boulevard.

State Farm Insurance once offered each community with an intersection on the national list of the 10 most dangerous intersections in the U.S. up to $120,000 for an in-depth safety study and improvements to that particular intersection. Although 48th Street and Chandler Boulevard wasn't on that list a couple of other intersections in Arizona were. State Farm accepted the improvement plan submitted by Phoenix that included signal visibility upgrades, pedestrian indicators, various operational improvements (signal timing, LED indicators) and overlaying the intersections with material having high friction factor to make it easier for drivers to stop their vehicles.

Even without funding from State Farm, Phoenix has the money to install a roundabout where it's really needed.

Sandy Jane Wong

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