Letters to the Editor 08/31/16
How to outsmart red light cameras in Sugar Land
Here are the ways that drivers who are disadvantaged by not being clairvoyant can reliably avoid red light camera tickets. One way is to avoid the RLC enforced intersection. Another is to comply with the following five rules:
1. Approach every RLC as though a yellow light was the same as a red light. Stop on yellow instead of red.
2. Unless the traffic light has just turned green, activate your hazard lights and slow down so that you will be able to stop if the light turns yellow.
3. If it does turn yellow before you get to the intersection stop, turn off your hazard lights, and wait for the next green.
4. If it does not turn yellow creep into the intersection, accelerate back up to the speed limit, and turn off your hazard lights.
5. Ignore the horn blowing of all the angry drivers behind you.
If everyone follows these five rules, traffic flow will be severely impacted and a very nice traffic jam will be very likely. That may convince the mayor and the city council that RLC enforcement is an overzealous mistake and perhaps the revenue thus generated is just not worth it.
Helwig F. Van Der Grinten
Founder, Houston Coalition Against Red Light Cameras
Back to school food
With the new school year starting, parents’ to-do lists are now filled with shopping for school clothes, school supplies, and school food.
That’s right – school food!
In past years, our nation’s schools were used by the USDA as a dumping ground for surplus meat and dairy commodities. It is neither a surprise nor coincidence that one-third of our children have become overweight or obese.
Such dietary mistakes at an early age become lifelong addictions, raising their risk of heart disease, diabetes and stroke.
Then came President Obama’s Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 requiring double the servings of fruits and vegetables, more whole grains, less sodium and fat, and no meat for breakfast. The guidelines are supported by 86 percent of Americans.
Most U.S. school districts now offer vegetarian options. More than 120 schools including the entire school districts of Baltimore, Boston, Buffalo, Detroit, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Oakland, Philadelphia and San Diego have implemented Meatless Monday. Some schools have dropped meat from their menu altogether.
As parents, we need to involve our own children and school cafeteria managers in promoting healthy, plant-based foods in our own schools.
Going online and searching for “vegetarian options in schools” provides lots of good resources.