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May 3, 2012

Letters to the Editor: 05/03/2012

Try to buy made in U.S.

In regard to the letter of April 25 by Mr. Hendrickson about foreign imports, I could not agree more.

What really burns me is our townships, villages, etc., spending my tax dollars on foreign-made tractors, mowers, etc., when there are better ones made in the good ole' U.S.A.

I try to buy "Made in the U.S.A." even if it costs more.

Richard Gray

Interlochen

Traffic roundabouts

As a pedestrian/biker who regularly crosses congested Division Street at various points between Grandview Parkway and 14th Street, I strongly endorse placement of a combination of roundabouts and pedestrian overpasses at various points along this busy stretch.

A boulevard, while aesthetically pleasing, simply doesn't make sense. Placing a greenbelt between lanes of traffic simply requires bikers/pedestrians to cross two streams of heavy traffic instead of one. Grandview Parkway comes to mind.

Traffic roundabouts work. According to a Federal Highway Administration study, roundabouts improve safety through more than a 90 percent reduction in fatalities, a 76 percent reduction in injuries, a 35 percent reduction in all crashes, and slower speeds.

Their effectiveness has been proven through successful implementation at high-volume intersections in communities such as Ann Arbor and Muskegon. I'm confident that, if implemented, such a system would be a vast improvement over the current Division traffic bottlenecks, provided the requisite Michigan Department of Transportation and parkland rights of way could be acquired.

The inevitable worsening logjams at West Front Street and Division can be alleviated downstream through implementation of a combination of roundabouts and bike/ped overpasses along heavily-traveled, dangerous Division Street.

Martin Pavlock

Traverse City

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