Dangerous driving needs to be addressed
Almost every day I drive the same route to work and every day I’m endangered by drivers ignoring stop signs and/or traveling above the speed limit.
What I find most alarming is that these drivers don’t seem to care that they are in their own neighborhoods; their lack of judgment could injure a neighbor’s child or a family who may live just down the block. Whether it’s a deliberate action or phone/text use or just not paying attention, these drivers do not seem to understand there are consequences for their actions.
Just a week ago, as I traveled east on Ridgeland Avenue, a young woman drove through a stop sign, hitting my car on the driver’s side. The impact tore off the front end of my car causing extensive damage beyond the point of impact. Fortunately I was not injured. The consequence for this driver is that my car is totaled and her insurance will bear the cost, most probably increasing the cost of her auto insurance. She was driving above the speed limit, she drove through a stop sign and for her poor judgment, she definitely paid the price.
I’ve talked to some neighbors in the area who travel similar routes throughout their day in and around North and Ridgeland avenues, and County Street, and all have expressed similar concerns.
Would more police presence in these neighborhoods be a deterrent? I don’t know. Would cameras in some of these areas where stop signs are ignored be a resolution? I don’t know.
What I do know, is no one should have to feel they are in jeopardy every time they drive to work, the store, pick up a friend or walk through a cross street. This is a serious problem and needs some serious attention!
Where have all the books gone?
“Where have all the flowers gone?” Pete Seeger once asked.
I want to know where have all the books gone? Walking through the stacks in the Waukegan Public Library the other day, I was amazed and saddened to see empty shelf after empty shelf.
I recall reading an article in the News-Sun recently about the awards and accolades the library has received for its work in literacy in the community — accolades well deserved, I believe. However, I was disheartened by the end of the article when someone from the staff said something to the effect that maybe the mission of libraries had changed, that maybe they were no longer meant to be repositories for books.
If not the library, who? I am reminded that in “Brave New World,” Aldus Huxley put forth the notion that no dictatorship would have to ban books because eventually there would be no one left in our society who wanted to read a book. Will our libraries help advance that notion by gradually making books less available? And then what good will it have done to teach all those people to read if there are no books?
No matter how much information pours into our heads through mass media or via new technology, there is nothing to equal the satisfaction or value of reading a book.
Studies have shown that to be true.
Two birds, one stone
Gov. Quinn has announced that he is cutting the state’s fleet of aircraft from 21 to 12. How about cutting it to zero?
The only benefit of a state airplane to the Illinois taxpayer would be to load Quinn, Madigan, Cullerton, Terry Link and Melinda Bush on one and then crash it.
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