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Letters to the editor, March 7, 2014


Traffic hazard

To the editor:

There’s been much printed and discussed about the new traffic light at the intersection of Main Street and Pickett Lane in Durham.

I believe there’s a far greater threat to drivers and pedestrians on Main Street by the Durham Post Office/Public Library. Traffic heading north and south on Route 17 is often jeopardized by motorists who slow down on Main Street with their turn signal on for either Fowler Avenue and the post office or for Maple Avenue and the library. Impatient drivers behind them try to go around these cars, whether coming from the direction of Middletown or North Branford.

It’s a recipe for disaster, from fender benders to serious accidents. The problem is heightened during the hours of heaviest volume: school arrivals and dismissals and commuter rush hour to and from work.

A simple left directional arrow on the existing red light by the post office would give north- and south-heading drivers a short, safe pause in which to make their turns and eliminate the potential for accidents. I encourage the powers that be to investigate this traffic issue.

Noël Higgins

Durham

Sand only on roads

To the editor:

I would like to bring this to the attention of Sen. Edward Meyer. To prevent further pollution of the environment, damage to roads and bridges, and damage to vehicles, I ask that you introduce and work for passage of a bill which would prohibit the use of anything but sand on our roads and highways, before, during and after storms.

Howard B. Field III

Durham

Studying the state

To the editor:

My name is Tyler D. I am a fifth grade student at Harlan Intermediate School in Harlan, Iowa. We are studying United States history and geography.

I was blessed when I got the state of Connecticut. I would appreciate it if you could send me a souvenir, state map, or some information on the state of Connecticut. My teacher, Mrs. Newlin, would like a car license plate, if possible.

Please send things to Tyler D., Mrs. Newlin’s S.S. class, Harlan Intermediate School, 1401 19th St., Harlan, IA 51537.

Thank you,

Tyler D.



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