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It’s time for the penny to buy the farm
If it costs 3 cents to mint a penny, why not do away with the penny?
I mean, after all, does it make sense? Or cents?
Of course, you realize this would mean our costs would go up. For instance, instead of something costing $1.03, now it would cost $1.05. But hey, just think of the possibilities. It could help pay for health care or even help reduce our national debt.
Think about it.
Dale Richter

Support the nuclear accord with Iran
The nuclear deal brokered by the United States and Iran in Geneva is historic. Just as the agreement to peacefully disarm Syria of its chemical weapons demonstrated, diplomacy makes the world a safer place.
Now comes the difficult part: U.S. diplomats are working to secure a final agreement to prevent war and a nuclear-armed Iran. I hope my senators and representative will publicly support these efforts and oppose the calls by some members of Congress for more sanctions.
As former national security advisers Zbigniew Brezezinski and Brent Scowcroft have pointed out, “additional sanctions now against Iran … will risk undermining or even shutting down the negotiations.” Sabotaging diplomacy would jeopardize the unprecedented progress our diplomats have achieved to guard against yet another war and nuclear-armed nation.
The Friends Committee on National Legislation has more on supporting this unprecedented deal at fcnl.org/iran.
Kyle Hall

A review of some traffic rules from the Colorado Driver Handbook
These are some issues facing drivers in Evergreen. We have a good number of merge lanes at stop signs and traffic lights. Many people don’t yield when merging onto the road, causing traffic to slow or even stop. It might be a good idea to review some of these rules for many longtime and new drivers.
• Four-way stop: You must yield the right-of-way to the vehicle that reached the intersection first. When more than one vehicle reaches the intersection at the same time, the vehicle on the left must yield the right-of-way and allow the vehicle on the right to go first.
• Changing lanes and passing: You must yield the right-of-way to vehicles already occupying the lane you wish to enter or use for passing. Do not change lanes if another vehicle must slow down for you.
• Merging: You must yield to all vehicles on that roadway. Do not merge if another vehicle must slow down for you.
• Signaling: Before making any turn, whether the turn is into another roadway, a parking lot, another traffic lane, or leaving a parked position, it is extremely important that you signal. Your signal lets other drivers, cyclists and pedestrians know your intentions. Failing to signal is a traffic violation.
Nancy Barish