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Letters to the editor for 6/7

June 07, 2002

Keep track of your teens in days ahead


To the editor:

This is the time of year when teen-agers are attending proms and graduations. Along with these momentous times go parties.

The young adults usually drive to these parties, which brings me to the point of my letter. There are two very important things I wish to share with these young adults and their parents.

First, is "goofing around" with the driver. A good friend was killed in a car accident due to her passengers goofing around in the car. She lost control and the rolled and landed on its roof, she was killed instantly; the impact had snapped her neck. The passengers got away with some scrapes, bruises, and I believe a broken leg. My beautiful friend lost her life. There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think about her and her passing is 11 years this month. It's very important for the passengers of any vehicle to allow the driver to do what he/she is supposed to be doing: Driving safely.

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Secondly, consider parties, alcohol and driving. Everyone knows you shouldn't drink and drive - period. That is a no-brainer. However, we also know young adults think they are invincible and nothing could ever happen to them. This part is for the parents out there. My mother gave my sister and me a way out to drinking and driving. It was called the "no-questions-asked" rule. Once we were old enough to drive she knew at some point we would consume alcohol and be intoxicated.

She allowed us to call home if we were too intoxicated to drive. She wouldn't ask any questions and we had a safe ride home. I only had to use that option once as I knew the dangers of driving drunk and had seen the possible outcomes of doing so. Our school lost four students to drunk driving in the four years I was there and a personal friend of mine went from a strong healthy young man to a quadriplegic. I think my mother giving me this way out also made me think about what I was doing. So parents, give your children the same option. It is better to have to pick them up from a party intoxicated than to identify them in a morgue or have someone else killed due to their negligence.

Best Wishes to the Class of 2002.

Robin Roberts Britti

Hagerstown




Another state highway folly


To the editor:

Motorists traveling on Wolfsville Road will certainly be surprised at the latest engineering marvel located at the junction of Georgetown Road, or Federal Lookout Road, or whatever it's called this week.

I refer to the white picket fence installed down the middle of the road, which will be even prettier when the roses are planted and become entwined and blooming. Some grass and shrubs would be a welcome addition and maybe some shade trees also.

There is one thing, however, that the project engineer miscalculated and that is the width of roadbed on each side of the fence, especially on the uphill (southbound) lane. Ever since the nearby spring was fenced off, horse and wagon traffic disappeared and has been replaced by road tractors pulling 40-50 foot trailers.

I thought only state engineers used road manuals printed 75 or more years ago for their calculations, but Washington County must have some of the same in use.

However, I believe that eventually the State Highway Department will take over this portion of Wolfsville Road as they have done in Frederick County. And if they do, then this fence can be replaced by another round-a-bout. These are the current state playthings that were invented to waste taxpayers' money after the many millions that were lost on the interstate highways unproven and ill-fated "popcorn finish" road surface project. Ho, boy! I can't wait!

Paul C. Leatherman

Smithsburg

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