Letters to the Editor

Government regulations waste time and money

By From page A5 | July 24, 2013

EDITOR:

How often do we see, after 3 p.m. each day, a long line of cars trying to get onto Highway 50 off the East Bidwell on onramp only to have to wait for one car at a time to get onto a freeway that is often wide open and usually free of anything approaching heavy traffic?

If you believe the global warming/climate change alarmism, this defeats the purpose of these carpool lanes when a line of 30 or 40 cars is standing in place putting out emissions rather than moving toward their destinations. If you don’t believe in such alarmism or believe that humans have little to do with it, it is just another example of the complete inflexibility of one size fits all government regulations. The fact that no politician or local “official” would step forward and get rid of this stupid lane restriction speaks volumes.

In fact the entire carpool lane between here and Sacramento is ridiculous. In the morning, we often see two congested lanes moving slowly and a third lane with a fraction of the traffic whizzing along at 70 mph. Sounds to me like a prescription for unsafe conditions. To make matters worse, expensive police resources are used to monitor the carpool lane and write $400 tickets, similar to those for actions like speeding and running red lights that are truly dangerous.  Seems to me it would be a lot better for everyone for all the lanes to be moving at their natural speeds than having one at 70 and two others at stop and go.

Every day the government writes more and more regulations that restrict our freedom, cost us time and drive up costs. Almost never does government actually look at situations like those above and do something to solve it. And, yes, this what will happen with our health care as Obamacare is fully implemented and more people are forced off their individual policies or employer policies and get their health care through the government exchanges.  We will survive the stupidity of carpool lanes. Obamacare will be far more consequential.

CHARLIE HUMMER
El Dorado Hills

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