Donald Ross Road needs transportation alternatives to motor vehicles

Cars line up along Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard  near drive-thru COVID-19 testing in West Palm Beach. Motor vehicle traffic remains a big concern for Palm Beach County, including Donald Ross Road.

The Dec. 20 article “New lanes on Donald Ross axed” misses the mark. The article focus is on how to handle the growing amount of automobile traffic but not once does it mention ways to limit that traffic, nor does it mention the most efficient alternative forms of transportation. As Director Morton Rose accurately pointed out that people are coming to South Florida, but that doesn’t mean more traffic, if we don’t want it to.

The county can make improvements to stop the growth of motor vehicles, provide more pedestrian friendly routes, and provide transportation options outside of the private automobile — all with the goal of reducing the need to use a vehicle and thus reducing traffic. Currently, residents are all but forced to drive; it doesn’t have to be this way. Let’s find safe solutions for all users. Safer crosswalks, protected bike lanes, prioritized public transit. None of these require the millions of dollars for the road expansion and will more effectively ease traffic congestion. Adding more lanes won’t.

Ross Harness, West Palm Beach

Abortion choice should be woman’s

It amazes me how many people rush to put a woman’s right to obtain an abortion under government supervision. If women are to have truly equal rights, then the government should stay out of this decision completely, and I mean to the very last day. Many feel that the law reflects morality but the law is is also administrative; its consequences are equally important.  An unwanted child is exactly that, unwanted. Such a pregnancy disrupts a woman’s life and the lives of those around her. All children should be wanted and planned for. This new choice, made possible by by 21st century science, belongs to the woman alone. 

Rose Berliner, Boynton Beach

Sex education can curb abortions

There’s a lot in the news lately about abortion restrictions. Texas outlawed abortion after six weeks, and Florida is eyeing similar legislation. I’ve heard many people say that abortion should be illegal. The problem with this opinion is that abortion will always be necessary. Pregnancy is complicated and issues can arise at any point. We can’t hope to eliminate all abortions but we can think about ways to lower the number of abortions.

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