#b#Time to Review Traffic Safety#/b#

589 – 163 – 14 – Hut!OK, huddle up! It’s that time of year when it gets darker for longer, so let’s review the playbook. Motorists, meet me at the next paragraph; walkers and runners, second one down; cyclists, third one down. Break!

Motorists, slow down! The speed limit is a maximum, not a minimum. Our excellent night vision as a teenager is fading fast — we need twice as much light to see as well as 20 years ago, and in 20 more we will need twice as much light again. Stop for pedestrians crossing at intersections, there’s a crosswalk there legally if not physically. And pay attention — huddle up at the last paragraph. What number are we?

Walkers and runners, wear reflective clothing! Or at least wear light colored clothing, and/or bring a flashlight when out at night. Walk against traffic, cross at intersections, and use the buttons to start the flashing lights at crosswalks. And pay attention — huddle up at the last paragraph. What number are we?

Cyclists, use your lights! Front and rear, the new ones are bright and affordable. Set them on blinking to extend battery life. Ride with traffic and follow the rules of the road. We have the same rights and responsibilities as other drivers. And pay attention — huddle up at the last paragraph. What number are we?

Back together here! Before we head out, remember: team performance depends on each of us playing our part. We’re all number one, and nobody wants to be any of the numbers in the first sentence, which are 2012 New Jersey traffic fatalities — 589 total, 163 pedestrians, and 14 cyclists.

Jerry Foster

President, West Windsor Bicycle and Pedestrian Alliance


#b#More on JFK#/b#

Since you are still writing about the Kennedy assassination, I thought I would add my story. Like Richard K. Rein, I visited Dealey Plaza and was amazed at the closeness of the Book Depository to the road (U.S. 1, November 20).

The Army teaches you how to fire a weapon as follows: Breath, relax, aim to squeeze the trigger. I was successful when I did the above, but when I jerked the trigger, I missed the target.

Seeing the Book Depository and the road, my reaction was “what an easy shot.” Even I could have made it, and I wasn’t a marksman like Lee Harvey Oswald. Your column 10 years ago was on the ball as have been your latest comments.

Phil Weinstein

Kendall Park

#b#Holiday Thanks#/b#

As we pause to reflect on our blessings this holiday season, we again find the generosity of the community overwhelming. Hundreds of volunteers collected and delivered the makings for a traditional festive Thanksgiving dinner to more than 6,000 needy parents and children in our community. This amazing effort made it possible for these families to celebrate the holiday around their own table in their own home.

This uniquely American holiday has retained this sense of not only family, but also community. It is a day for all of us, rich and poor, of all races and religions, to symbolically join hands around a bountiful table of wonderful food.

Our community does care about and care for our neighbors. I want to thank our neighbors and friends who gave time, money and food to help our client families give real meaning to this great American tradition.

Connie Mercer

Executive Director, HomeFront

On behalf of Yes We CAN! Food Drives, we wish to thank the shoppers and managers at Princeton McCaffrey’s, Pennington Quality Market, and the West Windsor Farmers’ Market for their continued generosity in donating food for the Crisis Ministry food pantries in Trenton and Princeton.

This past year you have made it possible for our volunteers to turn over 17,520 pounds of food directly to the Crisis Ministry. These donations amount to 15 percent of all the food donated to the organization for the 3,000 people each month who use the pantries to supplement their food supplies. And just who are these people? Children, low-income families, the elderly, disabled, veterans, the unemployed — all those in need of help. And you made it possible.

So thank you for your generosity. But know also that our volunteers will be out at the markets in 2014 asking you to donate some extra food because, unfortunately, the challenge of living with food insecurity will still be part of our lives.

Stephanie Chorney, Victoria Airgood, Liz Cohen, Fran

Engler, Yeou-Shiuh Hsu,

Kimberly Kyte, Alison

Politzner, Ann Summer

Executive Committee,

Yes We CAN! Food Drives

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