Letters to the Editor 03-07-14

PLAN RAISES QUESTIONS
The recent suggested change of traffic flow on Main Street raises several questions in my mind. When Main Street was first laid out, the road was designed to be wide enough so that a team of eight oxen could turn around. It proved to be a very good idea. Now we are thinking of making Main Street narrower.
Has any accurate measurement of traffic flow on Main Street been made recently? If so, is there a calculation of what doubling the traffic on one lane would actually be, particularly during business hours? If turn lanes are eliminated, has a calculation been made of the slowdown of traffic flow this would cause?
Can you show examples of communities where this type of parking is allowed on a heavily-traveled street? How did it work for them? Did accidents increase where this parking design was used?
Where will the snow go? Remember the heavy snow winters and the big piles of snow on Main Street. Will snow removal be hampered by the new design? Certainly, it will not be easy for snowplows to navigate and effectively clear the redesigned street.
How will changing the flags along Main Street or hanging the traditional Christmas decorations be done in the new single-lane design? No truck will be able to sit in one lane while the workers change flags or hang decorations. Traffic downtown would come to a standstill.
If the corner of Main and Main Cross is impacted by this new design, has anyone figured how far traffic would be backed up across the Main Street bridge by southbound trucks waiting to turn west from Main Street?
How about the parades we have had for so long? How will that be handled? Will the parades simply go away?
The proposed design might increase the number of parking spaces on Main while killing what is left of shopping and daytime dining downtown by increasing traffic congestion and difficulty in parking due to the new design.
Nancy Susan Bakaitis
Findlay

TEACHER SET GREAT EXAMPLE
It was with great sadness to read of the passing of Kimberly A. Conkle. In case you didn’t read her obituary (Page A5, March 4), Mrs. Conkle taught kindergarten in North Baltimore for 28 years. In that time, she was countless kids’ first school teacher. As a parent, you couldn’t ask for a better teacher.
She was always kind, caring, compassionate and it showed in all she did. She also taught Sunday school and worked at Safety Town so kids could learn the importance of safety when riding their bikes, etc. She set a great example for those of us that consider ourselves every kid’s friend.
So, while cancer has once again taken from us a great person way before their time, heaven is rejoicing the arrival of its latest angel, Mrs. Conkle. God bless her family and friends.
Gary Essinger
Palm Harbor, Fla.

WHY THE PUBLIC CALL OUT?
Despite Mike Wisner’s claim (letter, March 5), Zach Kuhlman does show up in more than one statistical category. Why does Wisner feel the need to publicly say certain players shouldn’t get the honors that the BVC coaches decided on? Apparently he feels he knows better than all the BVC coaches.
Karla Kuhlman
Leipsic

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