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December 23, 2010
Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald
Letter to the Editor:


Now that I am retired, I have time to be out and about and to observe. I see getting to school on time safely as a problem. I know there are several school bus stops around town, but isn’t it a shame that children who live along Highway 63 literally have to risk their lives to get across the highway to attend school? The traffic is extremely heavy between 8:00 and 8:20. The 40 MPH speed limit makes crossing the 4 lane highway nearly impossible and very dangerous. My grandson has been tardy numerous times, not because he leaves home late, but because you simply cannot get on to highway 63!! The ultimate aggravation is when people behind you are honking their horn as if YOU are holding up traffic!!

Who is responsible for our children arriving safely at school? The city of Tama? The State of Iowa? The School District? Or is it a combined effort. A stop light strategically placed would certainly help the situation. Possibly an overpass would be the answer. I strongly feel that something needs to be done.

Perhaps parents that drive their children to school would let their children walk if there was a safe place for them to cross the highway and that in turn would lessen the traffic.

Here’s hoping that something can be done before something HAS to be done because of an injury or even worse, a death.

Lois Shefchik




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