Letters to the Editor 4/26/2013
Rural Roads Safety
EDITOR: The Bradford/Sullivan County Farm Bureau is celebrating Rural Roads Safety by encouraging county residents to travel safely on the roads this spring.
This time of year, farmers are busy working in the fields and driving tractors, farm trucks, wagons and large equipment on roads. To the distracted or impatient motorists, vehicles such as these can pose a threat when safe driving practices are not observed. For example, if a car is moving 55 mph and comes upon a tractor moving 15 miles per hour, it only takes five second to close a gap the length of a football field between the car and the tractor.
Remember not to rush when driving on roads where you might encounter large farm machinery, slow down immediately when you see the orange Slow immediately when you see the orange Slow Moving Vehicle (SMV) triangle and pass farm equipment only when it is safe for you to do so.
Farmers will make every effort to accommodate motorists. Machine operators will drive on the shoulder of paved roadways, whenever possible, in order to give other motorists a better view of road conditions and enough room to pass slower moving farm vehicles. Keep in mind that if the shoulder is soft, wet or steep, the farmer cannot move aside because it would cause his equipment to tip. If the farmer cannot pull off the road and you feel you must pass please do so with caution.
On behalf of the Bradford/Sullivan County Farm Bureau, I encourage all residents to be aware of farm equipment during their travels on rural roads. By working together, we can make the trip safe for motorists and farmers.
Making a difference
EDITOR: It's often far too easy to underestimate the importance of cancer researchâ¦until you hear the words "you have cancer."
Those three words can make all the difference between simply absorbing news about developments in cancer research and truly appreciating the power of what scientists like those funded by the American Cancer Society do each and every day.
This June, scientists aren't the only ones who will be making a difference. Residents of Bradford County and surrounding neighborhoods will have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to enroll in the American Cancer Society's third Cancer Prevention Study which seeks to help us better understand the factors that cause or prevent cancer.
Individuals between the ages of 30 and 65 who have never been diagnosed with cancer and who are willing to make a long-term commitment to the study by completing follow up surveys every few years are now able to set enrollment appointments. You can see all the locations and times of enrollment by visiting www.BradfordCPS3.org, or by calling 1-888-604-5888.
I encourage all eligible men and women in our community to consider taking part in this important study.
I also call on my fellow cancer survivors to spread the word by asking friends and family to enroll in your honor.
Remember: Research being done today will help ensure future generations never have to hear those dreaded three words.
Letter to the Editor
EDITOR: All of us in Bradford County are familiar with the shopping cart scene. After use, most of us put the cart in one of the gathering sites. We occasionally are hindered in parking because someone has left a cart in the parking spot. We then see a employee shoving trains of the carts back into the store.
Aldi, up in the valley, uses a latch mechanism that requires a quarter to be inserted in order to get a cart. When you return the cart, the latch gives you a quarter back. This efficient system eliminates the need for an employee to shove carts and results in a clear parking area.
Cooperative customers will save walking and time by swapping a quarter for the cart out in the lot.
The last time up there, this old man learned a better way to do it. A small mature woman with sparkling eyes and a warm smile, would not accept the quarter for her empty cart. When the offer was repeated she said, "Oh no, you can do the same thing for someone else."
We are never too old to learn a better or nicer way to do things.
George H. Smith