Please yield for emergency vehicles

I saw the yield sign and an oncoming car. Pulling forward into the intersection, the other car suddenly turned in front of me. I slammed on the brakes as the other car’s passenger stuck her head out the window and yelled, “Yield, baby!”

While waiting for the left turn signal at the traffic light where Noland Road crosses U.S. 24, I heard sirens. Although I couldn’t see them, the sirens became louder. The left turn arrow went green, but I waited for the emergency vehicles to pass. The driver behind me began honking his horn, perhaps three times as I waited. When the two police cars approached the intersection, I reached out to point to them to explain why I had waited at the obviously green arrow. The other driver stuck his head out the window and said the light had been green for 10 minutes. At least he quit honking at me.

I drive nearly 400 miles a month around Independence and have yielded for ambulances, fire trucks and police cars on their way to an emergency. Nearly every time on our four lane roads, I see at least one vehicle not yielding to an emergency vehicle. While other vehicles are pulled to the side, here comes somebody passing us all and maybe slowing down when the emergency vehicle passes.

I’m glad it’s not me in the ambulance, after being rescued from a burning car involved in an accident. Please yield for emergency vehicles.

Jim Turner, Independence


Old party cliches are now invalid

The old political party cliches don’t work any more. Or at least they should not. By now those of us not living with the wolves in northern Siberia should be looking at political advertisements with a very critical eye.

“Tax and spend” now applies to the Republican Party. “Fiscal responsibility” is an arcane concept embraced by Republicans of the last century. Currently the term is “out the window, uncontrolled spending” with the understanding if it looks too bad, cut “entitlements.”

In Kansas the advertisements say don’t vote for the Democrat because she supports Medicare for all and this would be fiscally irresponsible. If anyone in Kansas believes this, I hope their mental institution allows them some extra dessert for lunch. Kansas (or any other state) does not have the responsibility to worry about the national debt to the exclusion of basic human needs.

As I often say, health care should not come down to a donations jar in your local 7/11 store or a computer site asking for money.

Charles Payne, Lee’s Summit