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Speed limits are a figment

From the intersection of French and Main to French and Wellington, the average speed is probably closer to 40 mph than 20-25 mph.

Between any given set of stop signs – a whole block in distance – the speeds probably easily approach 35 mph. What’s the deal? Is it really so important to get to the post office a few seconds sooner so that you can wait for a parking space once you get there?

The other day, a local had to get around me to turn left onto French Street from Main, cutting behind me and through an oncoming stream of traffic. Why? To get home in time for Oprah?

All along Wellington, the stop signs are summarily ignored. Why bother stopping at Harris, Goldflake, Royal Tiger, Morningstar? If the police sat on High Street and monitored the speed of most vehicles coming down Wellington, would they find anyone going the speed limit? An attempt to slow cars down on Briar Rose seems to have failed, as cars fly up from French Street, past the mayor’s house without regard for possible pedestrians.

Many folks try to run their errands on foot in this “small mountain town,” but often it’s like putting your life on the line. Where’s the small-town courtesy?

So many of us know each other, even like each other, so why not treat your neighbors more considerately and slow down?

Cindi Harris-Krane


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