Dear Editor:

The speed limit on 231 in Wetumpka where there is a center lane for left or right turns is currently 55 mph in some places. This is unsafe given that vehicles have the potential to meet head on.

There is also a grade in the road near Cambridge Drive which limits visibility.

I suggest that the speed limit should be reduced to 40 mph on this portion of the road.

I was involved in a wreck at this intersection when I exited Cambridge Drive to turn north on 231. I did not see the approaching southbound vehicle which struck me. I do not fault this driver, as the stated speed of this vehicle in the police report was 55 mph which was in compliance with the posted speed.

Given that there are numerous points at which vehicles can enter both the north and southbound lanes, I feel that 55 mph is simply too fast.

While the Wetumpka Police diligently patrol this area and enforce the existing speed limits, many drivers still create a hazard by ignoring the posted speed.

I feel that lowering the speed limit along this portion of the road would be in the best interest of everyone.

John Hazel



Congressman Brooks didn’t get the memo

Dear Editor:

In a recent radio interview U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks of Alabama claimed that the Democratic Party is waging a “war on whites.”

He stated, “It’s part of the strategy that Barack Obama implemented in 2008, continued in 2012, where he divides us all on race, on sex, greed, envy, class warfare, all those kinds of things.”

What a blatant display of stupidity from a sitting U.S. Congressman.

I never realized the Democratic Party had become a non-white party.  I could have sworn that the president was elected by putting together a solid coalition of Americans of all races, colors and creeds.

While making these ridiculous claims, Brooks completely ignores the reality of the Republican Party’s Southern Strategy. Developed and implemented under Richard Nixon in the 1960s, the Southern Strategy was designed to polarize the races and capitalize on Southern white resentment of gains made by blacks during the civil rights movement.

By playing on issues such as school desegregation, the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the 1965 Voting Right Act, Republicans transitioned the GOP away from the party of Lincoln and began to attract traditionally white Democratic votes in the South.

In 2012 Louisiana Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal had a blunt message for the GOP when he said, “We’ve got to stop being the stupid party.  It’s time for a new Republican Party that talks like adults.  We had a number of Republicans damage the brand this year with offensive and bizarre comments.  I’m here to say we’ve had enough of that.”

Brooks obviously didn’t get the memo.  

Michael E. Waters