Letter to the editor: Selfish behavior

To the editor:

I live at one of the intersections of 19th Street east of Massachusetts Street. We’ve experienced the repair and resurfacing of 19th Street for several weeks now. The work has been hampered some by the rain, and even though it has taken some time, it appears to be close to completion. I will appreciate being able to drive on smooth and comfortable road in our neighborhood soon.

Thanks to all the workers who have worked on this project.

This complaint is about the thoughtless drivers who have crashed the Road Closed barricades. I’ve watched them move the signs, push and break the signs with their vehicles, drive through and damage landscaping and turf in my yard and across the street.

There are reasons for the intersections being closed; worker safety and ease of completing the work are two. Yet there are drivers who are hell-bent on having it their way, without regard for the road work, nor the private property they’ve damaged. It’s sad to see this behavior, to watch selfishness in action. Whether it’s as minor as a road closure in our town in the middle of the country, or as major as our country’s response to the on-going worldwide health crisis, opportunities abound for all of us to live up to the ideals reflected in the founding of this country. In both cases, I’m saddened by people whose behavior reflects their concern only for themselves, yet heartened by people living the ideals.

Ron Swall,



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