Opinion: Roundabout makes sense


File this under “the Pleasure will be worth all the pain. If the weather cooperates, the conversion of the three-way stop at Carrigan and Hague roads to a roundabout was to begin last week as we went to press. The overall project cost $1.1 million, but because of funding received from the Indiana Department of Transportation, the City of Noblesville’s portion is $150,000, according to a city spokesman. Be forewarned: One 20-day closure is planned for the project beginning Oct. 21. Hague Road immediately north of the intersection will be closed to complete work. The roundabout is to be ready for traffic on Nov. 16 and the final surface and pavement markings are set for June 30. This just makes good sense.

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“DOESN’T APPLY TO US, ONLY TO YOU” – We’re all well aware that California has debilitating drought. The state legislature has ordered citizens to curb use of water or pay exorbitant fines. So then it was absolutely no surprise to us that five members of the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors continue to frequently wash their vehicles at taxpayer expense. One among them was said to be washing his car three times per week, the others one to two times. (We’re lucky if we get ours done once a month!) Local L.A. media sought comment from the officials. Predictably, there was none.

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WHATEVER THEY’RE DRINKING … NO, THANKS! – Staff and students in the University of Tennessee Office for Diversity and Inclusion want people to think beyond the he/she pronouns and are encouraging use of gender-neutral pronouns such as xe, xym and xyr. This is higher education at its utmost level of alertness. Wake us when it’s over, please.


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