Concerning ‘Town endorses tree cutting’

  • Wednesday, January 22, 2014

To the Editor:

Who really cares if the Summerville Town Council endorses cutting down all the trees in the median of I-26 up as far as I-95 by a margin of 4-3?

That might be a worthwhile vote for the portion in front of Summerville, but is worth nothing more.

I vote against it. That makes it 4-4.

My wife is against it. That makes it 4-5.

Try cutting down a tree within Summerville town limits and watch the fur fly. Hypocrites!

SCDOTís solution for all the fatalities is to remove the trees? Why not just close the road? That makes as much sense.

What about the trees on the other side of I-95? Are they not just as dangerous? But there the SCDOT put up guard wires to protect against reckless drivers.

What happens if after removing the trees the fatalities continue, but this time because of head-on collisions?

Will we make I-26 a one-way interstate? Has a study been done to see what caused these people to go off the road in the first place?

Surely it wasnít an attraction to the trees. Try talking on a phone or texting? How many? How about speed? How about a combination of speed and phone? Or texting?

Whenever I travel that section of the Interstate I see plenty of people passing me like Iím sitting still (at 70 mph) and not a single Highway Patrol car around (not a knock on them as they canít be everywhere).

Mix the phone with the speed and now you have a real problem! Speed kills.

Trees just catch some of the speeders while the police are busy elsewhere! Sometimes you just canít protect against stupid or foolish.

Next time you are out driving, it doesnít matter where, notice the drivers passing you. How many of them are on the phone?

Notice all the people turning at intersections with a phone pressed to their ear.

You think itís any different on the interstate at 75-80 mph or more? I donít!

Richard Walker


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