Today, I stopped in at Greater Victory Temple in Seaside to get a COVID-19 test. It couldn’t have been easier. It was simple, free, painless. After getting checked in I swabbed my own nose, placed it in the provided container and that was it. They gave me a card with follow-up instructions.
If you still need to get a COVID-19 test, this is a drive-in site I can recommend.
— Janelle LaFond, Seaside
Masks and literature
I am reading the book “Reading Lolita in Tehran,” by Afar Nafisi. These paragraphs, set in the early days of the Islamic Republic when the author, a university professor, is still refusing to wear a veil over her face, are chillingly reminiscent of today’s America:
“. . . One of my more pragmatic colleagues, a ‘modern’ woman, who decided to take up the veil . . . told me with a hint of sarcasm in her voice, ‘You are fighting a losing battle. Why lose your job over an issue like this? In another couple of weeks, you will be forced to wear the veil in the grocery stores.’
“The simplest answer, of course, was that the university was not a grocery store. But she was right. Soon we would be forced to wear it everywhere.”
— Robert Hellam, Seaside
The Holman Highway becomes a two-lane road at the traffic light at CHOMP. Continuing into the roundabout, the arrows on the two lanes indicate both lanes continue through the roundabout However, after about 50 to 60 feet, the two lanes quickly narrow to one lane. The narrowing occurs within three or four car lengths (35 to 50 feet).
Most of the day the merging of traffic headed for Highway 1 occurs smoothly without high stress and drama. At other times of day, some aggressive driver sees the inside return lane as an opportunity to gain two or three car lengths. So, the foot on the accelerator is put to the metal and the car lurches forward at high speed. At the narrowing of the two lanes, the aggressive driver charges ahead and dares anyone to interfere with his desire to be first in line. Yielding to the aggressive driver is not an act of courtesy so much as an act to avoid a fender bender.
Avoiding a fender bender creates a stressful day. Close calls are not part of accident statistics. Actual fender benders require a police report. What are the statistics for wrecks caused by aggressive drivers getting ahead in the very short two lanes?
Perhaps Herald readers having been intimidated on the roundabout can affirm the stress and even fender benders.
The city of Monterey traffic engineers should investigate and perhaps make the inside lane a right turn only lane.
— Allen Fuhs, Carmel
Turning around vaccine distribution
Over the past year, we’ve been hearing about the catastrophically inept campaign to fight the COVID pandemic. However, according to several recent Herald letters, things may be turning around. My own recent experience bears this out. Early last week it was announced that CHOMP was beginning to make on-line reservations for vaccination of persons 75 or over. A candidate could sign onto the system and obtain a display of available time slots. The requestor could then choose one of them and enter identification data. If the ID was entered before someone else requested the slot, he or she was granted the reservation (unfortunately placing a premium on speedy typing, a flaw in the system). After that hurdle was passed, things subsequently went extremely smoothly at the CHOMP vaccination site. There were four steps in the whole process, with virtually no delays between them. There were competent staff members at each step to provide the required assistance. The whole thing took only about five minutes, plus a 15-minute observation period. The experience justifies confidence that government and private organizations can work together to provide an effective, efficient, and friendly public service. With that accomplished, it will be essential to expand the system so it can better serve the population sectors that have been especially devastated by the pandemic.
— James Emery, Carmel
I will never be able to understand how Donald Trump changed from an entitled dense oddball to an admired dense oddball. His selfishness is matched only by his delusional pretense. He is an unqualified man unfit to lead anyone at any time. His character flaws are concealed by his inherited wealth.
— Bob Hogue, Pacific Grove
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