Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

April 14, 2014

April 14, 2014: Letters to the editor

Kokomo Tribune

---- — Watch for bicyclists on roadways, drivers

When you ride a bike near a semi, there are at least four blind spots where the driver can’t see you. We need to be careful when we ride near trucks. If we get hit by a semi, it’s usually our fault. But we need to be more careful when riding near cars. Ninety nine percent of our own, “so close we could have been killed” near misses were because the driver wasn’t paying attention. Or because they have to be somewhere and we’re in the way.

People have come right at us because, even though we’re in our lane, they decide they need more room and take ours. Or they are passing someone and swerve over in front of us. We’ve had to go off-road to avoid accidents. Just because you drive a car does not mean you own the road. We pay for that privilege too.

My husband was hurt badly because some man was in a hurry and turned in front of him at Center Road and old U.S. 31. His health has declined because of that man. A young girl in a red car turned directly in front of us, and I heard someone scream. She slammed on her breaks to avoid what would have certainly been a very difficult time for us. We were fortunate all those times. At least we’re still alive. So many riders who have come in contact with cars and small trucks aren’t. There were so many men and women who went out but didn’t make it back home. The people responsible for their deaths will live with that knowledge the rest of their lives.

For all those who “just know” we’ll be killed when we ride, speak life, not death. Pray that we get where we’re going safely. Then drive like you mean it. Be careful around bikes. Let me say it again. Be careful around bikes. You aren’t the only ones on the road.

Susan Louks


14-hour shifts make poll work difficult

Prior to every election, I’m usually called and asked to again work at the polls. It’s a great way to be part of the political process and to see and encourage voters. However, the hours can get quite long: 5 a.m. through 7 p.m.

The last time I was asked, I wondered if I could work only half the day, say from noon to 7? “Oh, my, that’s never been done. We can’t do that!” the person responded. Why not? I think many more people would volunteer if the time requirement was only half the day.

Roberta Hite


‘Don’t let country decay like garbage’

I am your flag. I was born on June 14, 1777. I am more than just cloth. I am the refuge of the world’s oppressed people. I am the silent sentinel of freedom. I am the emblem of the greatest sovereign nation on earth. I am the inspiration for which American patriots gave their lives and fortunes.

I have led your sons and daughters, husbands and wives into battles to defend this great nation, some of these to never return home.

The sad part of this is we do nothing here to stand up for what they are fighting and dying for.

We have elected officials who have done nothing but tear this country apart, limb from limb.

Where are “We the People”? What do we stand for?

Do you really think when we go to the polls, it counts?

We really need to tell these people we are not going to let this happen to our country, God’s country. We are being taken apart and sold to the highest bidder.

We can put our trust in Jesus Christ our Savior. During these trying times we can pray. God is in control of everything on this earth.

Don’t let this country decay like garbage.

We are better than that. We might not be able to change the whole world, but we can help change one thing at a time.

Sandra Pohlman


Is writer not aware of Jefferson Bible?

A Friday letter to the editor states that Jefferson “didn’t even believe in the doctrine of the Bible.”

Was the writer referring to Thomas Jefferson? Evidently he is not aware of the Jefferson Bible, composed by Jefferson. I suggest he obtain a copy and enhance his knowledge about our founding fathers.

Russell Turk


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