Letters to the Editor: Maybe Time for Analysis of City Intersections


Letters to the Editor: October 25 – 31, 2018


 Maybe Time for Analysis of City Intersections


I appreciated Council member Dave Snyder’s comments about boorish drivers. Many communities in the U.S., but especially in Europe, put pedestrians first when it comes to their local roads. A variety of methods are employed to slow traffic and to enhance pedestrian safety. Maybe it is time for Falls Church to do a city-wide analysis of its intersections for additional methods to do just that.

Many of the problem drivers are likely passing through our City but even some of our own residents may be guilty of aggressive driving occasionally including me. Unfortunately, due to the increasing traffic flow and busy schedules, structural approaches may be the only successful way to protect our residents.

Our Falls Church leaders should be congratulated for their past efforts. For example, by maintaining a 25 mph speed on Broad St., many drivers avoid Falls Church as their principle route. Delayed green lights at many busy intersections also allows pedestrians the right of first passage. But much more can be done; we need to search for all the possible structural solutions for our residents’ safety.

Jim Coyle

Falls Church


In America, We Are Innocent Until Proven Guilty


I have to respond to the Kavanaugh editorial. While I personally cannot know who is telling the truth regarding the allegations against new Justice, I do know that in our democratic republic one of the things that makes us who we are is the presumption of innocence.

None of the three witnesses cited by the accuser in this case supported Dr. Ford’s allegations. None.

To convict anyone without proving beyond a reasonable doubt would make us and our justice system more like the old fascist regimes of Germany and Italy.

In America, this is not who we are supposed to be. What the Democrats did was horrific.

David Phelps

Falls Church


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