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Letters to the Editor 5/31

May 30, 2000

Funkstown traffic will be unreal

To the editor:

As a lifelong resident of Funkstown I implore our county politicians and planning officials to take a closer look at the proposal for a Wal-Mart Super Center on Edgewood Drive.

Thirty years ago, the streets of Funkstown provided a fairly safe environment for the town's families. Over the past several years I have noticed considerably more traffic on our tiny streets as many people use our residential areas as shortcuts. It is no longer safe for our children to play (as I once did) on our town's streets or sidewalks.

Please try to imagine what it would be like to have such a large department store located in your back yard. Would you welcome the traffic through your neighborhood - on a street that is just slightly larger than the average driveway? As a parent would you embrace the idea of so many cars traveling in such close proximity to your house or your children's school?

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If plans go through for the Wal-Mart Super Center our streets will be all but impossible to navigate. I understand that a study by the Maryland State Highway Department has indicated that traffic could double or triple if this project goes forward. I also understand that these types of studies usually are conservative in their estimates so that it will probably be much worse than this study suggests.

I invite you to try crossing the Dual Highway on Edgewood Drive from Funkstown to Robinwood Drive in the early evening hours. I have seen traffic backed up from the traffic light to Twigg Cycles many times when trying to get to HCC for a class. I have had to sit through as many as three traffic lights in order to get across the Dual Highway. This is happening now - before the Super Center has been built. How can you justify authorizing the plans for such a huge project in an area where traffic is already such a major problem?

Our streets, most of which are not wide enough for two vehicles to pass cannot handle this much traffic! I realize that progress and growth in our county is important - but please, not at the expense of what's left of our little community.

Cindy Scuffins Albin

Funkstown

An alternative to trash radio

To the editor:

Thanks to Donald Kaul for addressing "trash radio." I wish he'd included his opinion of Rush Limbaugh who must rank right up there with Imus and Stern.

I am a regular listener of Garrison Keillor and "Prairie Home Companion," and if Jean Shepherd was better, I've missed something special.

That said, I also wish he'd mentioned that Keillor comes to us weekly through National Public Radio (NPR). But more than that, I wish he'd have mentioned NPR's daily programs "Morning Edition" and "All Things Considered."

While these programs may not be available on every Public Radio station, I suspect they air on the majority of them. These shows are classics and serve to not only inform but inspire interest and curiosity in daily happenings here and abroad. It would be useful for your readers to be aware of these alternatives to "trash radio."

And for those listeners able to listen to radio throughout the day, Public Radio offers other outstanding programs, e.g., Diane Rehm, whose show originates in Washington, D.C., features interviews with authors, statesmen, and people of diverse specialties and expertise. This week she had a discussion about Sierra Leone, new research on lead poisoning; she interviewed James Bradley author of "Flags of our Fathers," and Vice President Al Gore. Folks can usually find a Public Radio Station on the low end of the FM band, between 87.5 and 91.9. This prevails throughout the country, making it easy to find a station when you're driving long distances.

Again, thank you for addressing the "trash radio" issue.

Lyn Dunham

Falling Waters, W.Va.

Friendly people

To the editor:

On April 20 we had a mechanical problem with our vehicle right at the intersection of Hagerstown just off of Interstate 81. I just want to say how friendly and helpful the people are.

The officer who helped us at the scene was friendly and helpful. A couple of ladies also stopped to see if we needed help.

Then Mr. Jetters came along. This man made phone calls until he found someone to fix our vehicle. That's not all. The Jetters family let us use their place of business to park our trailer; R.V. Riggs even let us use their facilities.

It proves once again that there are still good people out there. Thanks to everyone in Hagerstown and Terry. We will never forget you.

God Bless.

Stella and Ron Gibeault

Canada

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