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Yellow flashing lights at crosswalks only warn pedestrians that drivers don’t care

Here’s what readers had to say in Tuesday’s letters to the editor.
Two people use a pedestrian crosswalk on Fowler Avenue at 22nd Street in Tampa. [LUIS SANTANA   |   TIMES]
Two people use a pedestrian crosswalk on Fowler Avenue at 22nd Street in Tampa. [LUIS SANTANA | TIMES]
Published Nov. 11
Updated Nov. 11

A warning about flashing yellows

It should not be this risky to walk | Editorial, Nov. 9

Last Saturday at 7:30 in the morning, I was walking with my dog, and it was light. I attempted to cross Park Street where it joins St. Petersburg’s Central Avenue. There is a crosswalk there with flashing yellow lights. I activated them and saw that there was a Jeep approaching approximately 200 yards away and that I had time to cross. I stepped onto the crossing, and the driver clearly saw me. This young man made no effort to slow down and casually waved to me as he passed in front of me. I observed two things from this experience: (1) Those flashing yellow lights need to be red to force drivers to stop and (2) I have never seen any police officer stop anyone for bad or inconsiderate driving, just speeding.

John Starkey, St. Petersburg

What the Berlin Wall hid

Coming together for a world without walls | Column, Nov. 3

In this Saturday, Nov. 11, 1989 photo, East German border guards are seen through a gap in the Berlin wall after demonstrators pulled down a segment of the wall at Brandenburg gate, Berlin. [LIONEL CIRONNEAU | AP]

Yes, I remember when the Berlin Wall came down 30 years ago. I was there, with my hammer and chisel to get a piece of history. It was a very happy moment, but I had tears in my eyes. I used to live in West Germany and drove three hours to Berlin to see what was happening. So many happy people were coming from the east. They were finally free. Those were people who had to live in the German Democratic Republic. As Communists, they were all “equal” in the eyes of their government. No one was motivated to work a little harder to get ahead in life. You had to wait 10 years for a car; there was no material to fix your house. That’s socialism. Just ask yourself: Why did the people in East Germany want to come to the west — under any circumstances?

Fritz Will, Belleair Beach

Saving my choking husband

A thank you to an officer

I would like to send my thanks and appreciation to the officer from the Hillsborough Sheriff’s Office who saved my husband’s life this weekend by performing the Heimlich maneuver. We were eating at a Mexican restaurant in New Tampa when my husband began choking, stood up from the table and was having trouble breathing. The off-duty officer was seated nearby and sprang into action when he became aware of my husband’s distress. The procedure worked and my husband is okay. I was able to thank this gentleman but never got his name.

Marilyn Beiser, Wesley Chapel

Maybe all should testify

GOP: Biden son, whistleblower should testify | Nov. 10

The GOP’s insistence that Hunter Biden testify in the upcoming public televised impeachment inquiry holds as much validity as having Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner and Don Jr. also testify. Oh wait ...

Robert Parissi, Tampa

Think of blind pedestrians

What did people expect? | Letter, Nov. 9

A Bird electric scooter is seen along the Tampa Riverwalk Tuesday, May 28, 2019 in Tampa. [CHRIS URSO | Tampa Bay Times]

As the grandmother of a blind teenager, I am dismayed at the number of e-scooters I see parked in the middle of sidewalks. Society does not seem to have consideration for anyone else. I agree that stiff penalties are in order.

Helen Allen, Tampa

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