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Brian Mertz, San Clemente

Here we (don’t) go again.

How many frustrating, wasteful, fume-spewing traffic nightmares will it take before we develop an Interstate 5 alternative that is so crucial to our quality of life?

A wreck near Camp Pendleton stops traffic for hours. A fatal truck crash spills lumber across all lanes in the middle of town. Then two motorcycles tangle in San Juan Capistrano and it happens again. Each time, El Camino Real is clogged with cars seeking a way around and ubiquitous GPS guides hordes of drivers through our narrow residential streets.

It’s way past time for state and regional traffic planners, myopic environmentalists and, crucially, the U.S. Marine Corps, to stop defending their narrow turf and cooperate to solve a recurring problem that can only continue to get worse.

In the meantime, maybe downtown businesses and the outlet mall being built in San Clemente could profit by posting new freeway signs advertising good places to wait out the inevitable jams.

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  • Dear S. Orange County drivers:
    We do need freeway relief; we simply do not need poor or stupid planning. More wasteful spending.
    It is a mistake, decades of proof, that only the rich enjoy Toll Roads while the few meek forced to use it, have to pay dearly for access.
    (1) Toll Roads paid by private enterprise has blocked quick, convenient growth of our economy as demonstrated in the past.
    (2) The 241 Toll Road plan to go through Trestles Beach should have headed south east to connect with the Lake Elsinore area freeway, for common sense and for emergency traffic relief.
    (3) Ross Perot, special interest money to bind our freeway access tapping upon our cash flow expenses has backfired. We are better off to borrow the 2% money from the Feds and build our own systems when State Tax Funds are not entirely available. I am sick of Special Interest billionaires wrecking this country.
    It is easy to read Special Interest News Articles that are bought and paid by these ‘Ross Perot / Billionaire Investors. We should buy back our freeways and stop this corruptible Republic Form of government management. Why doesn’t the DP Times / SJC Times / SC Times print these penned comments? Because these editors too are mere puppets of these Special Interest / GOP Republic tyrants. ( the scary national media agenda ) It is a disease most common Americans will soon die far too early from, and yet, blame others for a lowered quality of living. This media report is a sign of the Times, for this same secretive veil of corruption is before their very face and our eyes, hiding in plain sight. Call me or email, Dave Bartholomew at 949 388-1827

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