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This paper's David Cobb had an interesting story in Friday's edition about bike lanes that are planned for Frazier Avenue.

Well, considering the colorful reader feedback I received after my last observations on bike lanes, you all probably have a good idea where I stand on the latest addition.

It's a nightmare.

In fact, the only encouraging part of Cobb's story was the insightful decision by Blythe Bailey, the city's traffic guru, to make sure the temperature of all business owners on the North Shore was taken.

Well done, Blythe.

Before we discuss Frazier specifically, let me say that those of us who howled about how the Broad Street bike lanes would jam traffic were not quite right. In my travels downtown at various hours, eliminating the third lane on Broad in each direction has not led to the traffic snarls some feared.

That said, cutting parking spaces has made parking a major headache. And here's hoping the stories of people tripping over the protective curb are starting to diminish. And perhaps the delivery truck drivers have found a way to work around the bike lanes.

The North Shore, however, is a different animal. Transforming Frazier would cut the lane access in half — trimming it from two to one in each direction with one turn lane.

The biggest point raised by proponents of the Broad Street bike lanes was the potential of promoting cycling as a way to and from work. While it's still too soon to gauge how frequently cyclists are commuting to downtown offices, it seems Frazier Avenue is more of destination for shopping and eating. Are folks looking for a bite to eat or a gift to buy mom for Mother's Day really going to cycle down Frazier for that? And if they do, here's hoping they don't wear the biking shorts. Please. Think of the children.

While the jury may still be out in the discussion of bike lanes on Broad Street, the decision on Fraser is open and shut.

No thanks.

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John Wayne Day gunned down

The California Assembly voted down a resolution to make May 26 "John Wayne Day" on Thursday.

Several state legislators said Wayne was a racist because of random quotes pulled from the hundreds if not thousands of interviews the legendary actor gave.

In an interview with Playboy in 1971, Wayne said: "I believe in white supremacy until the blacks are educated to a point of responsibility. I don't believe in giving authority and positions of leadership and judgment to irresponsible people."

The microscope of retroactive political correctness is a frightening tool in today's modern-day history revisioning.

Do we do away with the acts of FDR because he was over-the-top harsh to Japanese citizens during World War II? Do we discount any of our founding fathers — especially the brilliance of Thomas Jefferson — because they owned slaves? Do we disregard any of the contributions of previous generations because of our current state of being overly politically correct?

It's myopic and troubling.

Heck, if you wanted to talk down to the Republican assemblyman who crafted the proposal, then why not question why the California governing body is debating an actor's need for a commemorative day at all, considering California is teetering on bankruptcy.

Each side adds ammunition to the Trump machine: one side wasting time and government resources grandstanding for the Duke, the other shooting it down because of an overly politically correct reaction.

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Saturday's star

On this day — the last of April — allow me to tip the cap to Shelley McGraw and the tireless folks at the Children's Advocacy Center of Hamilton County.

April is Child Abuse Awareness Month, but every month should be child abuse awareness month.

McGraw and Co. served roughly 600 children and their families in 2015, and those numbers could go higher this year.

If you are looking for a place to help, call. If you are looking for a place to donate, call. If you think you know of an abused child, call.

This is a problem that we all should fight. You can reach Shelley and her team at 423-266-6918.

Until next time.

Contact Jay Greeson at jgreeson@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6273.

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