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More sidewalks are needed

March 1, 2012
Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

To the Editor:

"Putting your best foot forward"

If you live in Tama-Toledo, you need to be careful where you walk, no matter what time of year.

Our community is fortunate to have walking trails for "recreational walking", but there are other "kinds of walking".

What about the people who HAVE to walk: to the grocery store, Doctor, Bank, to Child Care, or walk to school?

We have ONE grocery store in our community. Can you walk from Tama-Toledo, "on a sidewalk" to get to that grocery store?

We invite people to come live/work/shop in our towns, but is our community "user friendly?"

If you have limited resources when it comes to transportation, and, for example: you need to get a small child to the Doctor, what do you do? Put the child in a stroller and walk?

If you try to walk between Tama-Toledo, and NOT walk on a busy road, chances are you will be walking in the mud or on un-even ground. Walk on the road and you risk your lives.

Picture yourself walking in either Tama or Toledo along Highway 63, or North McClellan St. to Church Street in Toledo. Think you could do it? Pushing a stroller??

These days people are encouraged to walk to stay healthy, but first you need "a safe place to walk" to stay healthy!

Bringing in new businesses and fixing up the East end of Tama is a good idea, but don't forget the obligation, to make our community a safer place to live/work/shop for everyone.

We need to do something about our lack of sidewalks along our busy roads.

Show that you care. help do something about it!

Noel Duffy




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