Herald-Times, Bloomington, Ind., Marci Creps column
Dec 21, 2012 (Herald-Times - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
Unkind cut messes up traffic light
Q: Traffic at the Rockport/Rogers intersection was perfectly fine for the past five years that I have been using it on a daily basis.
Sometime within the past few weeks, the timing of the light was changed to where it is now green for much too long for those traveling on Rockport and thus red much too long for those traveling on Rogers.
Traffic is unnecessarily getting backed up during the afternoon rush hour on Rogers to where it can easily take two to three lights just to get through the stoplight, despite the fact that traffic on Rockport is quite minimal, especially in comparison to the traffic on Rogers.
Please help fix this light!
A: Thanks for bringing this problem to light -- no pun intended.
Susie Johnson, director of public works for the city, said the light was inspected Thursday morning and it was found that the detector loops had been cut by a private contractor who was relocating utility lines in the area.
"We adjusted the timing on the signal, and this should help until we can replace the ruined detector loops," she said.
Johnson also wants to remind readers to contact the city with this type of information. One of the easiest ways to do that is on the city's website at http://bloomington.in.gov/ureport.
You can also report problems via email to email@example.com, or call the city at 349-3400.
Write-in votes were counted in elections
Q: In all the election results coverage, early or final, I never saw any accounting of "write-in" votes. There certainly was a "write-in" option -- I used it myself for the 9th District congressional race. So all "write-in" votes were not counted
A: Write-in votes are counted, but they were not listed in the reports, according to Linda Robbins, Monroe County clerk.
Also, if the person is not certified to be on the ballot, the votes for that candidate are not officially counted.
No write-in candidates were certified, but any write-ins were counted unofficially. Here are the totals: V. Goode got seven votes; Jill Stein received 172; T. Hoefling got one vote and S. Alexander received three. Also, in the governor's race, D. Harris and G. Fish each received two votes.
Noticed quieter commercials on television recently The CALM (Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation) Act went into effect Dec. 13 that limits the volume of television commercials. But if you notice a particularly loud commercial, report it to the Federal Communications Commission by 1-888-TELL-FCC (1-888-225-5322).
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