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Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Drivers, don’t ignore flood warning signs
I wanted to thank the Virginia Department of Transportation in Botetourt County for its work during the recent flooding.
Workers came during the night and placed “Road Closed Due to Flooding” signs on our road. I’m sorry to say many people did not obey the signs.
Luckily, no one got hurt. But I’m wondering: Would they have received a ticket for not obeying the signs if they had had an accident or been washed off the road by the high rushing water?
Conservative columns were a July 4 treat
This time I come to praise Caesar, rather than bury him. I was really thrilled to read the Kathleen Parker (“The sudden sainthood of Wendy Davis”) and John Long (“Our nation works wonders”) columns July 4, to the point of sacrificing this month’s worth of anti-liberal vitriol in order to praise them and you for publishing them.
Good job, y’all.
Deen was wrong, but chose to do better
Paula Deen admits she made a terrible mistake and apologizes for it. As Maya Angelou said, “When you know better, you do better.” We all know that there are many words and symbols that are offensive to others. We know better. Whether or not we choose to do better defines who we are.
It shouldn’t be hard to spot texters
Re: “New law may be hard to enforce,” July 2 news story:
I take issue with that article. I walk at 5:30 p.m. every afternoon along South Jefferson Street to the railroad track on Salem and back. People are in a hurry to get home from work.
I have walked up and down Franklin Road to Third Street, and cannot find a speed sign listing the speed limit on Franklin. It must be 40 mph, as it seems the cars are flying through red lights and drivers are totally ignoring the Walk/Don’t Walk sign, all the while holding cellphones to their ears or in their left hands on the wheel of the car.
On several occasions, I’ve had very close calls of being hit, and could clearly see a phone in the driver’s hand while I had the walk sign. A week’s patrol by a Roanoke policeman would not have any trouble seeing this law being broken any day of the week.
If I, at 78 years old with poor eyesight, can clearly see the phone in the hand of a driver at the corner of Franklin and South Jefferson, surely a trained policeman would not have any trouble enforcing the new law.
JOYCE T. ENDERLE
Adams’ idea for July 4 hasn’t a prayer
Both NBC News and PBS recently quoted John Adams’ remark, from a letter to his wife in 1776, suggesting that July 4th be forever celebrated with parades, illuminations, etc. across this continent. But, sadly, it was quoted out of context.
The sentence directly preceding this quote states, “It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to Almighty God.”
We still have the parades and fireworks, but our country has fallen a long way from the faith of the Founding Fathers upon which this nation was built. How many of us took time out from the barbecues, parades and fireworks to thank God for this free country which, by his divine providence, came into being?
Since it is no longer politically correct to give glory to God in America, I doubt that this error will be corrected by NBC or PBS, but I appreciate the opportunity to write this and encourage my fellow Americans to think seriously about where our nation is headed without God.
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