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Traffic turn lanes needed near East Lawrence school

To The Daily: Lawrence County Engineer Mac Rushing and state Rep. Jody Letson might be aware of the traffic problem at East Lawrence, but they aren’t truly familiar with the entire situation. It is quite silly to think that the problem can be fixed with less than half of the allotted $400,000.

The proposed Band-Aid solution will not cure this problem. Blinking school-zone lights and a three-way stop will only scratch the surface. What Lawrence County 214 needs is a turning lane. You don’t understand; the traffic isn’t just congested at the main intersection. The problem extends all the way back to the bus service road near the baseball field. It also includes the two bottleneck areas around the high school. Both the back parking lot and the teachers’ parking area are nearly impossible to get around. Traffic literally comes to a standstill. Add to that the fleet of buses that must fight through this daily to get to their service road, mix in speeding teen drivers and you have a recipe for disaster.

Lawrence County 370 needs a turning lane also, one that extends from the middle school to the elementary school. In the afternoons, cars line up 20 to 30 deep in both directions on 370. Drivers not wanting to wait must pass these cars on the wrong sides of the road. When there is a head-on collision — and it’s only a matter of time until there is one — it will be fatal. With all the stopped cars there as “sitting ducks,” it will be a multi-car pile up. Basically, I wouldn’t spend that leftover money just yet, fellows.

They do not understand the magnitude of this problem. I do, and frankly, I resent their cheapness. No more quick fixes. Don’t give us a Band-Aid; we need a cure.

Leslie Buttram Gillespie

Column showed confusion in school district’s policies

To The Daily: I am writing in response to Bob Slate’s column about his daughter’s struggle with the school system. I, too, am somewhat confused at what our school board’s ultimate goal is. In his article, Mr. Slate explains that his daughter is what I would consider to be at the very least a slightly above average student (Honors English).

She passed five out of seven classes, yet she is basically failed and will be forced to take classes that are far below her learning level and put her family to added expense (summer school) because she had a legitimate medical condition (excused by a doctor).

Even upon appealing this poor decision, our superintendent, Dr. Sam Houston, upheld this. Why? I ask myself this in relation to students who are in my child’s middle school. One made several F’s every grading period and yet still managed to pass to the next grade without even having to go to summer school.

Another child also had similar grade trouble, managed to pull out a barely passing grade on the exam and graduated.

My point is this: If a child is working hard, making the grade, the parent is involved and cares (unlike so many who care less), should we spend our time counting excused absences or instead should we count those who barely get by or are getting “let” by?

Carol Garrison

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