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Friday, October 18, 2013
Trucks on I-81 inspire dread
The in-depth article in the recent Sunday newspaper concerning the massive pile-up on Interstate 77 was very informative (“Fancy Gap crash resulted in 3 deaths, 25 injuries, no charges,” Sept. 22).
I have travelled Interstate 64, Interstate 81, Interstate 77, U.S. 460 and U.S. 29 numerous times in the past 43 years. In recent years, I have noticed that as I travel about 5 mph over the speed limit in the right lane, almost every other vehicle passes me in the left lane and goes out of sight — especially tractor-trailers.
Please consider doing an in-depth article on the number of tractor-trailer accidents on I-81 and I-77 and what charges were filed — if any.
I have to wonder how many involved speed and/or failure to have their “big rig” under control.
G. N. SWORD
Editor’s note: The Roanoke Times published the series “I-81: Fear, Facts and the Future” in 2010.
Trust Allen to run sheriff’s department
When Sheriff Octavia Johnson took office in 2006, I worked for the Roanoke City Sheriff’s office. In the last year, Johnson may have put some bar bells and a treadmill in a room in a back hallway and gotten a new coffee machine, but she does not treat her employees with dignity or respect. Johnson is not a leader.
Beyond a doubt, Tim Allen is the most qualified person for Roanoke city sheriff. In all he does, Allen exemplifies honesty, fairness and thoughtfulness. Allen will use those qualities to create a better balance between law enforcement, corrections and the community. Roanoke city needs Allen for sheriff.
A political opportunity
Most of us are tired of negative ads, half truths, questionable ethics, biased columnists, politically motivated statements and votes, special interests and “go along to get along” (whatever will keep me in office) representation.
We may not really have a voice nationally, or even statewide, but we do have one locally, for instance, in Roanoke County.
I choose to support Supervisor Ed Elswick because he has the principles-over-politics courage to leave the Republican Party despite knowing he would lose that election support. He has the courage to seek and respond to citizen questions as he attends local organizations and civic leagues, and he tilts at a few windmills (guess that is an unintended pun).
More important, even when I don’t agree with his position, he listens to what I have to say.
H. BRUCE PRILLAMAN
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