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Left-turn arrows needed on Beltline
THE DECATUR DAILY:

In 2002, a young man was killed in an auto accident while making a left turn off Beltline Road in Decatur. In the article about his accident, THE DAILY noted that several car accidents have occurred in an area on the Beltline between Westmead and Carridale streets. I believe these accidents could be avoided with a few adjustments to the intersections.

Drivers see a left turn on green as a way of getting to their destinations quicker. I see it as a recipe for disaster. If the signals on the Beltline could be changed so that drivers could not make a left turn without a green arrow, the number of accidents would decrease.

The Beltline becomes busier as progress in Decatur advances. It is an unusual occurrence to be able to safely turn left off the Beltline without an arrow, as it is now, but drivers do so at their own risk. If this change could save the life of one person, the outcome would be worth the changes. Please do not overlook this problem and allow another one of my friends to be killed as my friend was killed in 2002.

Laura Mason

Decatur

Beautification effort hurts businesses
THE DECATUR DAILY:

It has become common knowledge that Decatur is having difficulty putting together a budget for the coming year. It appears tax revenue may not cover operating expenses.

Here's a suggestion. Taxes should be increased for everyone wishing to make Decatur "beautiful" without regard for business. For some time, the city has made it almost impossible for "mom and pop" businesses to operate. The most recent case that comes to mind was the small sit down restaurant seeking an approved location downtown, only to be denied a timely permit. Subsequently, it was welcomed as part of Hartselle's tax base. I'm not even going to mention the convenience store owner who has made every effort to improve his business by having a Greyhound bus station on premises. This controversy has been going on for years.

In years past, you could hire yourself a good carpenter, show him where to build your garage and not need the approval of some committee or the building plans of a certified architect.

Let's face it. The decision is between commerce and beauty. Forget what the politicians say. That extra penny of sales tax was spent years ago. If I remember correctly, it was Pogo who said, "We has met the enemy and it is us."

Karl Dunlap

Falkville

Subscriber has no use for Current article
THE DECATUR DAILY:

I can hardly wait to learn what award THE DAILY will receive for the half-page article, with picture, on how to handle finances when "Shacking up financially" appeared on page D5 of the Oct. 19 issue.

Yes, I could cancel my subscription, but then I would miss the area deaths, bridge column (when it is printed correctly) and the crossword puzzle.

Virginia C. Smith

Decatur

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