I think it is disingenuous to be ascribing Mr. Voket's editing and The Bee to being a "Republican" trait. Surely there are well respected publications of the left, such as Pravda and the Socialist Workers Daily, that do the same thing.
We can debate on editorial policies and permissions but resorting to an ad hominem, name calling attack on the Bee and Mr. Voket is less than honest.
(edit) Please note my sarcasm in the opening paragraph. I am not implying that the writer is a Communist or socialist.
That is an idea that has been brought up before - 20 years ago after a serious accident a traffic light was proposed. There were two problems:
1. The road is State Route 25, so it has to be the State Traffic Commission and State DOT that change any traffic controls.
2. Some years ago, long before that, the Flagpole and crossroads were designated a Landmark. (I believe National but could be State only.) The roads, intersection, flagpole and traffic control could not be changed without an act of either the State Legislature or the Congress, but once something is a Historical Structure it is damned near impossible to change it. (We are seeing this with the buildings at Fairfield Hills when we accepted Preservation Grants.)
We have done a decent amount of background on this - but our letters represent the opinion of the writer and the writer alone. Hopefully, it at least spurred others to seek out information from sources similar to the one you are suggesting.