Letters to the Editor - Nov. 15

November 15, 2011

Whose truth is the real truth?

To the editor:

In his guest column of Nov. 9, the Rev. Don Stevenson referred to the following passage from the Bible: “If anyone comes to your meeting and does not teach the truth about Christ, don’t invite that person into your home or give any kind of encouragement.” (2 John 1:10)

If my truth is my truth, and their truth is their truth, who has the real truth?

What if my truth says your truth is a lie? Is it still truth?

If the Bible is the inspired word of God, and I believe it is, then even God reveals to us that the doctrine of his son, Jesus, is to be protected and prized, not blended and cheapened.  

John R. Miller Jr.

Speed humps have been good for neighborhood

To the editor:

I noted with interest Lerry Fogle’s letter (“Traffic calming isn’t,” Nov. 6) about how his neighborhood in Frederick, Md., was “ruined” by traffic-calming measures such as speed humps and a traffic circle. Mr. Fogle recommended that residents of Hagerstown’s Summit Avenue reject similar measures. I live in the same neighborhood in Frederick as Mr. Fogle and I could not disagree more with his opinion.  

The speed humps — one of which is immediately in front of my house — have been a success. Cars no longer drive down the street at speeds well above the 25 mph limit — as they did before. Mr. Fogle asserted that the speed humps will damage vehicle suspensions. I know dozens of people in the neighborhood and haven’t heard of anyone’s car being damaged by the speed humps. However, I can readily imagine that driving more than 20 mph over a speed hump could cause damage. Here’s a simple solution: Don’t do that.

Mr. Fogle decried the signs and white paint on the road as ugly. I hardly notice them. Besides, unmarked speed humps probably would be dangerous.

The traffic circle really isn’t confusing or dangerous. You yield to vehicles in the circle and drive counter-clockwise. Couldn’t be simpler.

The best evidence that the traffic calming measures have been a success, however, lies in some facts that Mr. Fogle did not mention. Our neighborhood has three streets, two of which have speed humps and one (a dead-end) which does not.  Three years after the traffic-calming measures had been installed, some people signed a petition to have the humps removed. Virtually all of the signatures on the petition came from people who live on the dead-end street. Those of us who had endured years of unsafe drivers on our through streets wanted to keep the traffic-calming measures. In other words, speed humps are opposed by people who wish to drive more quickly down a street that they don’t live on.

My advice to the residents of Summit Avenue is this: If you want your neighborhood “ruined” by motorists driving more slowly, take the traffic-calming measures now before your city decides it doesn’t have the money for them. You will be sorry if you don’t. That speed hump in front of my house? I love it!

David Twenhafel
Frederick, Md.

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