Letters to the Editor, March 24, 2013
Can you help?
EDITOR: Hello. If you would please allow me to introduce myself, my name is Kailee Norton. I am a junior at Wyalusing Valley Junior/Senior High School. I was recently selected as a People to People Student Ambassador, and this June I intend to travel to Fiji, New Zealand and Australia with this program. People to People is a program that was started in 1956 by president Dwight D. Eisenhower. He created this to enhance international understanding and friendship through educational, cultural and humanitarian activities involving the exchange of experiences and ideas directly among people of diverse cultures and different countries. President Eisenhower thought that by creating a group of people with understanding was essential to building a road of international peace. I have the honor to be one of 41 students from eastern Pennsylvania to be a delegate for this wonderful program.
Not many people from our area have the opportunity to go on a trip like this. Not only is this trip greatly contributing to my future, but it is also helping our community by teaching different cultures how we live our everyday lives therefore bringing international understanding to all of the people I will encounter.
This trip is very expensive, close to $14,000 total. At this time, my mom has paid for half of my trip. It is my responsibility to raise and/or earn the rest of it. I can't do this on my own, so I'm reaching out to the community and politely asking them to lend a helping hand in raising the money. If there is any possible way your organization could contribute a little to my cause, it would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read thisâ¦ If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Consider the consequences
EDITOR: On Tuesday, March 12, a huge water tanker traveling from a drilling site, skidded off the LeRaysville Road crashing through bushes and coming to rest mired in mud on the lawn of our home. It missed the house by a few feet.
The previous Tuesday, at our Windham supervisors meeting, I had raised the issue of tanker trucks traveling at high speeds on this LeRaysville Road and cited our house as a dangerous spot where trucks crest just above out driveway and cannot possibly stop in time should we be coming out of our driveway. There are similar blind driveways along this route.
At our supervisor's meeting I was informed that the drilling at the Kuhlman site was to be completed Sunday, March 10. Anticipating that the round-the-clock tanker truck traffic would be ending Sunday, I did not contact state police to monitor the speed, nor did I write an intended Letter to the Editor to voice my concerns. While the owners of the tanker have been most accommodating in restoring the damaged area, the real problem of tanker trucks travelling night and day at speeds at the posted 45 mph and higher must be addressed. Most times the trucks travel in a convoy of three or four.
Residents must be careful to make sure all have passed rather than risk getting trapped between them. Crossing to our mailbox, with my cane, requires listening, looking and courage.
A picture of the tanker at rest on our lawn may be found in the Thursday, March 14 issue of The Daily Review. Please consider the possible consequences to life and property if we do not act to slow down these gigantic, heavy vehicles.