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Letter: Gear traffic complaint toward civic action

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To the editor:

I would like to comment on the dart submitted by Sheila Marcum in the July 14 issue of the Daily Journal.

Sheila made it known that she was very disappointed by the way police officers handled traffic control the night of the Greenwood city celebration.

She mentioned that, had the officer she encountered let her turn the direction she wanted to go, she and many others would have been much happier.

She also mentioned that, until that night, it normally only takes her 10 minutes to get home after the fireworks. Sheila is considering going elsewhere next year.

Maybe she should try this before she makes that decision.

Go the Greenwood city building and ask who might be in charge of planning this event next year. Ask if it would be acceptable for her to sit in on the meetings. This would give her an opportunity to give them her thoughts on next year’s event. Next, go the police department and ask to speak with the person in charge of developing an action plan as it concerns traffic control. She may have a better idea.

Lastly, maybe she should consider having a little more respect and understanding.

It’s highly unlikely that she has ever stood in the middle of the road, at night, hoping hundreds of drivers will be patient and compliant, all wanting to get out of the area just as quickly as she does, can possibly understand how dangerous it is for the officer doing their best to accomplish their task as they were directed.

This celebration is an all-day event, from beginning to end for the police department. Maybe she hadn’t considered that those officers deserve to get home safely too.

If Sheila does decide to go elsewhere next year, hopefully she will submit a “Heart” on how well that experience was for her.

Cynthia Carroll


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