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Hazardous intersection requires extra alerts

The intersection of U.S. 30 and Doyle Road is a very hazardous intersection, and there should be warning alerts to slow people down. The number of accidents has not yet increased greatly; however, the chance grows each and every day.

If there were rumble strips or flashing lights to make drivers aware of the upcoming slowed traffic, then it would help reduce the accidents. On this very intersection, a multi-car/semi accident took the lives of two and injured three more because the semi driver, who was new to the area, was unaware of the upcoming slowed traffic. On U.S. 30 between Columbia City and Fort Wayne, the accidents decreased greatly when they installed rumble strips. In 1999, 50 percent of overall crashes happened on urban intersections and 35 percent happened on rural intersections that were not marked properly.

Additional injuries and fatalities could be avoided if there were proper warning to tell the drivers of the slowed traffic ahead. The U.S. Department of Transportation stated that marked intersections had fewer accidents, and they also said that 47.2 percent of accidents occurred at unmarked intersections.

Many people drive on this intersection. Since the Pilot gas station opened last year, many more people do not know where the slowed-down areas of traffic are.

Rumble strips and flashing lights would make this intersection less dangerous. What would a couple of rumble strips and lights really take to install if it meant saving people’s lives?

SARA STRAHM Monroeville Grade 7

Grocery trip had an unsanitary end

Recently, as I checked out at a grocery store, the checker sneezed into his cupped hand, said excuse me and continued to touch all of my groceries as he scanned them. I was appalled and speechless. He made no effort to use hand sanitizer or sanitary wipes.

What happened to sneezing into your elbow, or did he miss the staff meeting where that was explained? There are some things that are purely common sense. Shouldn’t an adult working in a public store know better?

I came home and wiped everything with Clorox wipes.


Siding with gun lobby cause for removal

Since we the people have no control of the congressional votes and they choose to ignore us, it would behoove the social media to print the names and states of those who chose to side with the gun lobby.

Keep their names foremost and fresh in the minds of the people until the 2014 election, then our voices can and will be heard by voting them out of office. If and only when that happens will all elected representatives feel the power of the people, gun lobby or not.

Use your voices at the polls and refuse to support anyone whose name is on the list, Democrat or Republican.


Holder gaining ground in race to the bottom

I used to believe that President Bill Clinton’s Janet Reno had set the all-time low water mark for a performance by a United States attorney general, but President Obama’s Eric Holder is giving her a real run for the money.

BRUCE CYNAR Leo-Cedarville