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More safety for runners | Letters to the editor, Nov. 6, 2018

Gavin Gladding is shown with his wife and children in an undated photo. Gladding, 43, a vice principal at Fort Washington Elementary School, was training for a marathon when he was struck by a pickup on the shoulder of Friant Road north of Fresno shortly before 6 a.m. Sept. 16. A teen later pleaded no contest to hit-and-run in the death.
Gavin Gladding is shown with his wife and children in an undated photo. Gladding, 43, a vice principal at Fort Washington Elementary School, was training for a marathon when he was struck by a pickup on the shoulder of Friant Road north of Fresno shortly before 6 a.m. Sept. 16. A teen later pleaded no contest to hit-and-run in the death. Fresno Bee file

Runners need more safety on Friant

The untimely and tragic demise of Gavin Gladding, besides being a personal loss to his family and friends, is a huge setback for the Central Valley as well. We have suffered an irreparable casualty by being deprived of an amazing teacher and person with a huge potential who touched the lives of innumerable people.

But what have we learned from this tragedy and what are we doing to prevent this from happening again? The area of Friant and Old Friant is quite dangerous because of absence of adequate lighting, vehicles traveling at an alarming speed and a curve in the road. I would like to request the city/county install street lights and reduce the speed limit on Friant. Also, it should be mandatory for all joggers and cyclists to wear vests with reflective patches.

What would be really beneficial is a trail or some kind of flyover for the safety of the regular joggers in that area. Is that too much to ask? Mr. Gladding was too young to go. Let’s put our tax dollars towards this project and name the trail/flyover after Mr. Gladding.

Ramneek Bhullar, Clovis

Judge justices by actions, not words

In “Democrats and court arguments,” Gareth Houghton argued that Chuck Schumer’s 2007 speech to the American Constitutional Society threw down the gauntlet justifying Mitch McConnell’s 10-month denial of Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland. Schumer said, “We should not confirm an appointment to the Supreme Court EXCEPT in extraordinary circumstances.” Intelligent people and those without an agenda would normally ask themselves why and in what context was this said. Gareth Houghton did not.

This was said after Roberts and Alito were confirmed to the Supreme Court. Roberts and Alito pledged impartiality and allegience stare decisis (rulings based on precedent) in their confirmation hearings. They honored neither in the cases of Gonzales vs. Carhart, the Seattle school district, and Wisconsin right to life. In all cases they overruled established precedent, reversing those decisions to favor conservative ideology. Schumer was simply saying judge a Supreme Court nominee on what he has done, not on what he promises to do. The Senate must decide based on demonstrable evidence of the nominee’s philosophy, not just impressive erudite oratory and claims.

Kavanaugh is impartial and a Boy Scout. How do we know? He said so. Good enough for me.

Alan Cheah, Oakhurst

Kavanaugh hearings not great

Response to (Oct. 22) letters from Ed Miller and Chip Ashley re: Brett Kavanaugh: Gentlemen, have you fallen lately and hit your head? What happened to innocent until proven guilty? Not one piece of verifiable proof was provided by Ms. Ford or through all the investigations of Judge Kavanaugh. He was subject to more scrutiny than any previous candidate for Supreme Court, even more than Judge Thomas. Ms. Ford may very well be a credible person but her testimony, with the assistance of an attorney, was insufficient, whether it be in a court of law or congressional hearing. As time passes we will hear more about Ms. Ford.

As for the hearing itself, our elected representatives on both sides did not demonstrate what can be called professionalism, with exception of a few. Overall it was an embarrassment to the American people. We can do better.

Marvin Hansen, Visalia

Crime is now the new normal

No question that we are surrounded by crime all over the country and in particular California. One cannot turn on the news in the morning without hearing it is all about murders, burglaries, auto theft and gangs. Led by the coalition of liberals and Democrats in Sacramento, laws continue to favor early release and reducing sentences to accommodate the liberal agenda.

Here is the answer: Eliminate crime by arresting, trying, and sentencing to incarceration facilities that provide no conveniences. In addition, we need to immediately execute those convicted of heinous crimes, including those who hide behind drug use as the reason they killed another person as the defense.

Redirect the funds we spend on trying to rehabilitate murderers and multiple offenders to providing everything necessary to educate and take care of children. Through proper parenting, providing better salaries to our teachers, and educating our children without interference from the liberal left, unions and the ACLU, we can drastically reduce crime, racism, and hatred.

Obviously in California this will be a difficult task if we continue to follow the liberal left agenda. They are the reason for the decline in the moral values in this state. Crime is the acceptable new normal in this state.

Michael Der Manouel Sr., Fresno

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