Nov. 7's Letters to the Editor
A couple of weeks ago I stopped my car at the crosswalk in front of the Post Office to let 2 women cross the street. As the ladies began to cross the street, a tanker truck came rolling down the street and did not bother to slow down or stop, even though it was obvious that traffic moving in the opposite direction had stopped for these pedestrians. Additionally, a few weeks ago I was attempting to cross the street at the square, with my baby in a stroller, and had to wait for vehicles to go through before I could completely cross. This occurred when the light was green in my direction and the pedestrian crossing light was lit — both of which should have made it safe for me to cross the street.
I have noticed both of these problems many times in Mt. Gilead and it makes me sad. Pedestrians have the right of way — whether they are crossing at a crosswalk or not. They definitely have the right of way when there are crosswalk lines painted on the street. I am constantly amazed that the fine folks of our community do not look for pedestrians in our crosswalks. Is everyone is such a hurry that they cannot look out for the welfare of a pedestrian? The crosswalk near the Post Office is one of the worst places in the Village to cross the street. Since there is not a stop light in that area most motorists don’t give the crosswalk a second thought.
I want to urge all drivers in our community to slow down and pay attention before a pedestrian is injured just for crossing the street. How can we encourage tourism if the guests in our community do not feel safe crossing the street while visiting our wonderful downtown businesses?
Thank you, Angela Segraves, Mt Gilead
To the Editor,
I am writing in response to the letter written by Darl Mills opposing early voting. Once again Mr. Mills finds it necessary to insult those that may not agree with him. A few weeks ago Mr. Mills called the citizens of Morrow county “idiots”. In his most recent letter, early voters were accused of being “not smart enough” to cast a ballot. He actually encouraged people not to bother to vote! What are you afraid of Mr. Mills?
From the tone of the letter, the main fear seems to be that liberals and “pseudo intellectuals” would have the gall to cast a vote. Shouldn’t every American citizen be encouraged to vote? Isn’t that what “those who have served” fought for? By “those that have served”, I assume that he means not only those in the military, but suffragettes and civil rights workers. The argument that those voting early are not casting a thought out ballot is just plain wrong. Early voters can cast their ballot from home or go to the board of elections, for many that is a longer trip than to their local polling place. Early voting is not just a convenience. For many people it may mean the difference between being able to vote or not.
While I can think of numerous scenarios where early voting would be prudent, let me give you a real life example. My husband is an RN at a hospital in Columbus. His shift on Election Day is from 6:45 am to 7:15 pm. That means he leaves home before the polls open and will not return until well after the polls have closed. He holds two bachelor degrees. Certainly this does not put him in the category of “not smart enough”? And his 21 years of military service does put him in the category of those who have defended the right for every citizen to vote.
Where does your criteria end? No early votes. Then no absentee votes. Then perhaps no one under a certain age, liberal thinkers, minorities, women? Should we go back in time or take a more modern approach? Discourage people from voting or encourage everyone to vote? I vote for the latter.
And yes, we voted early.
Lisa Townsend, Cardington
On Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, the United Way of Morrow County hosted the Harlem Ambassadors professional show basketball team for a night of high-flying slam dunks, hilarious comedy, and feel-good family entertainment.
The Harlem Ambassadors would like to extend a special thank you to event organizers Jodi Hayes and Steve Keen who planned and promoted the game. The Morrow County Heroes proved to be an energetic, enthusiastic and challenging team and we thank all of the players for their good sportsmanship. The event would not have been possible without the support and generosity of local community sponsors, the United Way of Morrow County members, and the event volunteers.
The Harlem Ambassadors thank the community of Mt. Gilead for its warm hospitality and look forward to returning to Mt. Gilead in the future!
Best regards, Dale Moss, Harlem Ambassadors Pres.