2 letters: Postmaster comments on Fourth of July, resident says traffic cameras solution to road safety

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  • | 4:00 p.m. June 25, 2024
  • Ormond Beach Observer
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Celebrating community commitment this 4th of July

Dear Editor,

As the postmaster of Ormond Beach, I am writing to express the unwavering commitment of our postal staff to serving our wonderful community. With the 4th of July approaching, a time when we celebrate our nation's independence and the freedoms we cherish, it is also a fitting moment to reflect on the values that bind us together.

The Postal Service has been an integral part of American life for centuries, connecting people across vast distances, facilitating communication and commerce. Here in Ormond Beach, my team and I take immense pride in continuing this tradition. Our dedication goes beyond simply delivering mail and packages; it extends to being a reliable and supportive presence in our community.

Every day, our staff works diligently to ensure that your letters, packages, and essential communications reach their destinations promptly and securely. We understand that the trust you place in us is vital, and we strive to uphold that trust through our hard work and dedication.

As we celebrate Independence Day, let us also celebrate the spirit of community and the importance of staying connected. The 4th of July is a reminder of the strength and resilience that define our nation. It is these same qualities that our postal employees embody each day as they serve you.

We are honored to be a part of this community and to contribute to its well-being. On behalf of the entire postal staff, I wish you all a joyful and safe 4th of July. Let us come together to celebrate not only our nation's independence but also the unity and dedication that make Ormond Beach a special place to live.

Thank you for your continued trust and support.

Amy Carter

Ormond Beach Postmaster

In response to local metro area is deadly for pedestrians

Dear Editor:

The article proposes to narrow the street to make drivers slow down and pay attention to traffic laws/safety. Granada is already too small as it is. You can barely make a left from South Halifax onto Granada as it currently is now and I see semi-trucks going over the curb all the time. Parking curbside you cannot get out of the car safely. 

The article further concludes that you cannot change the mentality of drivers. Maybe so, but you can change their behavior. I am not an expert on traffic but I have seen what works before. The money is better spent on traffic cameras to give automatic tickets at each intersection. Additionally, video cameras along Granada to capture what is actually happening, such as, pedestrians dodging through traffic lanes and near missed accidents etc. Those that follow the laws will benefit from this and we will save lives. Nothing curtails bad driving like paying large fines, going to traffic school, court appearances or license suspension.

I drive and ride my bike here daily. I see my share of bad pedestrian behavior also. This would protect both drivers and pedestrians. Maybe the traffic cameras will pay for themselves within a year...? Even visitors will be aware of cameras and act accordingly because of the signs posted. It's a win win.

Pamela Gatfield 

Ormond Beach

Editor's note: The proposals to narrow travel lanes to slow drivers and increase pedestrian safety on various roads come from the Florida Department of Transportation, not the Observer.

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