Forum, Nov. 4: To be safe, either walking or driving, be easy to see

Published: 11/3/2019 10:00:16 PM
To be safe, either walking or driving, be easy to see

Your Oct. 31 editorial (“Pedestrians in the crosshairs: Traffic fatalities continue to decline, while deaths of walkers and bicyclists hit a 28-year high”), was important and timely, but it failed to mention a factor we should all keep in mind when we are out in traffic as pedestrians or drivers: You cannot be safe if you cannot be seen. When the light is less than perfect, we are much less visible than we think.

A pedestrian is much easier to see when wearing something reflective. It can be a reflective strip sewn onto a coat or anything else reflective.

A driver may see well enough to drive even at dusk, but will find it much easier to see other cars that drive with lights on. Most cars have an “auto” setting that turns on the lights when the car is running. Use it. You will be more visible all the time, and you don’t need to remember to turn on your lights when it is getting dark.

ALV ELVESTAD

Enfield

Sen. Booker’s plan would empower college athletes

I was heartened this week to see the NCAA take the first step toward allowing athletes to benefit from their names, images and likenesses. However, from experience, I know that we cannot trust the NCAA to do what needs to be done to truly protect student athletes.

As a former Division I college football player, my day began with a 6 a.m. workout and ended with a scramble to finish my homework at midnight. I would spend 40 hours a week working to improve my performance on the field, and use what little time I had left over to maintain equally high performance in the classroom.

Yet while the NCAA, an alleged “nonprofit,” makes $14 billion a year off of student athletes, it refuses to share its revenue with the very people responsible for its success.

That means while universities can fly high-end donors to football games and treat them to elaborate dinners, college athletes often don’t have enough money to visit their families over the holidays.

We need change. That’s why I’m proud to work here in New Hampshire for Sen. Cory Booker, a former D-I football player himself who knows firsthand that the systemic problems in sports are issues of economic justice and fairness.

Earlier this month, Booker introduced a widely praised plan — the only of its kind in the presidential field — to reform college and professional athletics by cracking down on exploitative practices and empowering athletes to leverage their collective power.

Booker is a unifying presence in this race and a fierce advocate for justice and opportunity for all. Sports also have the power to unite, to bring people of all backgrounds together to fight for something greater than themselves. As president, that’s exactly what Booker will do.

QUINTON LAW

Lebanon

The writer is a member of the Booker campaign staff.

Say ‘Thank you’ on Veterans Day

On Veterans Day, Nov. 11, take the time to give thanks to those who have served or are now serving in the armed forces — whether active duty, discharged, retired or reserve — and let them know we appreciate them for their service, for their patriotism and for their willingness to sacrifice for our freedoms. A special “Thank you for your service,” a handshake, a pat on the back, or a heartfelt greeting will make their day, and yours too.

We should acknowledge and give a special thanks to our aging World War II, Korean War and Vietnam era veterans. They have earned and deserve our respect and support.

I am reminded of something I once read that defined veterans as those who wrote a blank check made payable to the United States of America for an amount up to and including their lives.

So very true.

JOHN O’BRIEN

Orford

The writer is a retired Army lieutenant colonel and Vietnam veteran.




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