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Perspective - April 18, 2008

Letters to the editor

Wave a red flag

Dear Editor:

Lowering the speed limit on Danville Boulevard in Alamo does not guarantee the safety of people using the crosswalk to get from one side of the street to the other.

The best, although primitive, solution is the idea of Mr. Jim Peterson of Alamo Florist. Jim made red flags and positioned them on both sides of the street on Danville Boulevard in two flag holders. Now people crossing the street can pick up a red flag and walk across the intersection waving it back and forth, like it's the Fourth of July, to get motorists' attention to stop for pedestrians and allow them to cross safely. When the pedestrian is on the other side of the street there is a flag holder to deposit the flag into so that the next person crossing the street has access to the flag.

You don't have to be a rocket scientist to see that a controlled signal light, perhaps one or two, would allow vehicles to enter and exit the shopping center and allow pedestrians to cross Danville Boulevard without the fear of being hit by a car.

At the present time, the primitive flag-waving solution has been the best idea so far. Way to go, Mr. Peterson.

Tony Carnemolla, Alamo

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