Some logical and common sense qualities of people in this area that I have been familiar with for 53 years have significantly deteriorated in some areas.
Some of those qualities may be involved in drugs and crime. Less significantly, automobile safety control. For example, 50 years ago an automobile state inspection required headlights to not glare in the eyes of on coming traffic. This was checked. Also, a loud exhaust was not permitted. This was checked.
The non-control of these items is obvious to any local driver. In addition, not dimming bright lights for oncoming traffic occurs significantly; which is very dangerous.
Fifty years ago, and later, State Police would randomly stop automobiles for a check of license and a quick safety inspection. I have experienced this many times. However, I have not seen this in a number of years.
To me, it makes common sense to include headlight control and better noise control in an automobile state inspection.
More importantly, there should be an increase in the number of state and city police at the expense of increased taxes; which would be offset to some extent by a reduction of tax spending due to fewer incarcerations, and less expense of keeping people in prison for long periods of time.
Jack M. Wheeler