I would like to respond to the staff column dated Aug. 18, 2009.
While I am glad Mr. Shaw did address the problem with the traffic on 400 North and by the high school, I am a little curious as to why the letter that 29 citizens signed (there could have been more) was not published in the editorial section of the newspaper. The traffic near the high school is a very serious problem and needs to be address by our local law enforcement. Although the petition was addressed and quoted it was not published in its entirety.
There have been several accidents in this area as well as many close calls. My own mother was involved in an accident while taking one of my children to dancing. Also our garbage pick up has to occur at 6 a.m. because of the traffic problem.
It would have been nice if our local paper would have covered this terrible accident that will affect the life of this school district employee for many years. I am a friend and co-worker of hers and have watched her slow and painful recovery. Not only did she lose five months of her life, I am sure she will feel the effects of this forever. There should have been news coverage. As they say, "a picture is worth a thousand words".
Many have commented "perhaps she wasn't important enough."
We need a police presence at the high school during these critical times of day. The first two days of school there was an officer parked down in front to the LDS church and the next day across the street in the same location. This is two blocks from the high school and safely positioned away from the crucial area.
Yes, it is our responsibility to drive defensively but we are dealing with teenagers for the most part and they do need supervision. For the safety of the students, as well those who have to travel in this area it is imperative that we have a law enforcement presence in an attempt to prevent something like this from happening again.