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Don't Walk



Without Ryan Hurley, I would have forgotten to thank the traffic engineers who have installed countdown timers at some Eureka crosswalks ("Nerfing the World," April 2). For those of us who, presumably, are less nimble than Mr. Hurley, these displays can be a great help in deciding whether there is enough time to safely cross the street. Not everyone can switch to a quick jog as the light changes, as I'm sure Mr. Hurley would realize if he were ever to decide to think for a moment. Thank you.

I'd also like to take this opportunity to thank the people in Arcata who wisely put in roundabouts and traffic circles, meaning that drivers don't need to come to needless stops and then re-accelerate. As I recall, they too encountered criticism from the public for making positive changes in our lives. Thank you.

And, while I'm at it, I guess I'll confess that I appreciate the 101 safety corridor between Arcata and Eureka, which delays commuters by about a minute in exchange for saving lives on a regular basis. I know lots of vocal people hate it, so I'll just say that at least one person thinks the lives saved are worth the extra minute in my commute; thank you, Caltrans.

Mitch Trachtenberg, Trinidad

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