To the editor:
In reference to Monday's article, "Couple question safety of new traffic circle ordinance," Les Hannon is absolutely right in believing the day will come when a tragic accident will occur in a traffic circle and create a costly lawsuit for the city.
Traffic circles are OK as long as there is enough space in which to build them and to permit vehicles to drive around them in an counter-clockwise direction. When there is not enough space, establishing an ordinance that allows traffic to travel the wrong way along what is essentially a one-way traffic route is just plain and utterly ridiculous.
The city should immediately remove the traffic circles that are just plain too big for their space and change the ordinance back to the way it was. It's not like there are no other solutions to "calming" or controlling traffic at such intersections, such as instituting four-way stops or one-way traffic patterns.
How this crazy left-turn idea was ever considered in the first place by city officials is unfathomable. What's next? Ordinances to allow vehicles to turn left at stop lights? To drive backwards down one-way streets?
What we need is city calming devices to soothe our city officials and bring them back down to reality; never mind about calming traffic!