I read with great interest Stan Milam’s Sunday column about, amongst other things, the plight of downtown merchants. It reminded me of H.L. Menchen’s famous quote, “Complex problems have simple solutions. And they are wrong!”

It is almost as if we have forgotten that the main reason we installed one-way traffic downtown was to help the downtown merchants. So, apparently, that did not work. So, to return to the way it was over 50 years ago is a plausible solution?

Likewise, the construction of a parking ramp over the river would provide additional parking to likewise aid these same merchants and rehabilitate the downtown itself.

So some 50-plus years later, the removal of that additional parking lot will accomplish what its installation did not? Seems like a lot of expensive running in place. Certainly not all change is progress, but having as a cornerstone of evolution a return to yesteryear is hard to understand.

My response to those motivated by nostalgia is to think beyond our limited repertoire of possible solutions and to accept that this is a time for complex, not easy, solutions. Also, remember those supposedly golden years were not so golden, so to a return to them may NOT be progress.

BILL PEMBER

Milton

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