Durham County

Letters: Kathy Hughes, Erna Bell Gordon

An Accident Waiting to Happen

A couple of weeks ago while I was visiting (as I do daily) the Chapel Hill Public Library, a page came over the intercom system for the owner of an hybrid Toyota SUV with my license plate number.

Turns out that two women witnessed a red pick-up truck having hit my car and taken off after tossing an empty wine bottle out of her car. Fortunately the good Samaritans immediately telephoned the police and the offender was pulled over not a block away from the library grounds.

Then, just the other day, as I was backing out of my parking space, a large, white SUV sped by going at least 30 mph.

The library is a mecca, particularly for seniors and young families, some of the former moving slowly and most of the latter’s toddlers and babies in strollers meandering about and dashing around the property as harried mothers attempt to keep them corralled (not unlike trying to herd cats).

I don’t know what to do about drunk drivers other than installing a gate at the entry with a breathalyzer!!! But there is a logical remedy for the speeding:

I would strongly urge the Town of Chapel Hill to consider installing speed bumps and speed limit signs which would hopefully prevent the eventual tragedy besetting any and all library patrons.

Kathy Hughes

Chapel Hill

Missing columnists

I have been a longtime subscriber and have always looked forward to Wednesday paper and the food section especially the local writers. I was distressed to read that last June 28 was the last “Lean & lovin it” and even more so when Debbie Matthews, with whom I am in frequent e-mail contact about her recipes, let me know that was also her last column and expressed her appreciation for our contact.

Local is important to me ... that’s why I still get a newspaper. I know times are difficult for the printed word but I am not happy and wanted you to know why.

Erna Bell Gordon

Durham

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