I am writing to respond to Councilman Gene Gallo's public diatribe against me (Letters, July 22). Local news shows and web links say that many of Bradenton's red light cameras have had their yellow light timers changed up recently in order to comply with Florida's mandatory minimum interval.
My earlier opinion letter should have stated that beginning in 2010, Bradenton installed its red light cameras with yellow lights initially set below the average time of non-red-light cameras in town.
Is this what gives us our supposed increased level of safety?
Ten mph speed limits would definitely save lives, but when do these actions inhibit our abilities to live productively?
My main issue, though, is the murkiness of the public/private relationships that are becoming more common. It is increasingly difficult for the public to see where its municipality's interests lie.
The contracts between these entities are, oddly enough, hard to publicly find; are rarely scrutinized, negotiated or debated, and usually pass overwhelmingly.
Is this how we want our societal model to look, beholden to corporations for more tickets to satisfy its shareholders?
Now, where is Mr. Gallo's apology to the people who received traffic tickets from red light cameras in Bradenton prior to them being allowed by Florida as well to the people of this city for last month's Florida Supreme Court ruling over these same early cameras in the amount of $240,000?
Perhaps he could just tell us whether the Bradenton Police Department is using the new Stingray Surveillance system, like Sarasota?
Our elected officials, like Gandhi, should say, "there go my people, I must follow them for I am their leader."
And Councilman Gallo should spend less time reading the opinion page and instead contemplate these issues which will affect all of us much longer than he is in office.