FILE — Students walk along the shoulder of Englewood Avenue Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019, near Robertson Elementary in Yakima, Wash.

To the editor — With respect to the Sept. 9 letter about missing sidewalks near schools and school safety, I too, learned in my elementary years the value of looking both ways when crossing the street, walking into traffic on the left side of the road, and wearing a bicycle helmet ("Pedestrians, bicyclists need to take precautions," Lynn Buchanan).

What are we saying about our youngsters with all these safety measures? Do their heads not pivot on their necks? Do they not know which cars are coming and going? How much do we really want government playing nanny to them with school safety zones and crossing lights and sidewalks?

And as for bicycle helmets, they’re about as useful as seat belts.

Safety and saving lives. Whether it's God’s plan or natural selection, how much do we really want government intervention?