— To the Editor:
As a Christian, I feel compelled to respond to a recent letter to the editor.
To see the Bible so clearly must be a great comfort. However, since this is the most interpreted book in our history, perhaps he should take a step back and not be so adamant in his black and white thinking.
I find it far better that I see things in a more colorful perspective, appreciating my ability to freely accept those different than myself as part of my Christian faith.
Jesus Christ was an open minded savior who served everyone he met equally. It is disheartening that so many Christians ignore his compassion for others, all the time wielding the Bible in defending their condemnation of people.
While disagreeing with the letter writer’s views, I am always interested in how another Christian views the world.
Marcia M. Gentleman
To the Editor:
The Pittsboro Jaycees would like to thank the community for 21 years of support of our town celebration.
After 2012’s event, there was a Facebook campaign and letter sent critical of the timing and organization of the event.
After 21 years, the Jaycees have voted not to continue organizing this event.
We strongly encourage you to come out and support the Young Marines as they continue the tradition of our parade — the Pittsboro Town Freedom Parade — on June 29.
Parade line-up will begin at 12:30 p.m. in the east end of Pittsboro, on U.S. 136. The parade will roll down Main Street (U.S. 136) at 1:30 p.m., traveling west through town to Scamahorn Drive, over to Osborn Street, then east to conclude the route at Meridian Street.
The Young Marines welcome you out to watch and participate in the parade. For entry information, call Keith Gurley at (317) 289-6682.
Lynn T. Love
To the Editor:
Farmers in Hendricks County are beginning their field work for 2013. Whether the farm equipment be a tractor-trailer hauling grain, a tractor with oversized tillage tools, spraying equipment or supply trucks with seed, chemicals or fertilizer, all travel Hendricks County roads and highways with you.
Safety while sharing the road is important to avert a potential tragedy for farmers and motorists.
Planting season is time-consuming, weather dependent, and requires long hours. Farmers may travel the roads during traffic rush hours or at dawn or dusk. Remember, farmers are traveling to and from work also.
Caution and respect for the use of the road is required.
The public needs to be alert for slow moving vehicle signs (the reflective SMV triangle) or the flashing yellow lights which means the vehicle is traveling 25 mph or less. Farmers are equipped with mirrors (but equipment still may have blind spots) to make them aware of traffic behind. Farmers need to find a safe place to pull over. For oncoming traffic, pull to the right, slow down, or stop for the equipment. The motorist must be observant of the surroundings as the equipment has to dodge mailboxes, utility poles, road signs, deep ditches and narrow bridges. For equipment that is folder upwards, be aware the utility wires could become snagged.
Drivers need to be patient with this over-sized, slow-moving equipment. The growers of our food have to follow many regulations to make their equipment visible to drivers. Be ready to slow down and do not pass on hills, curves or bridges.
Here are several do’s and don’ts to help guide the non-farmer driver:
- Do not approach moving equipment as the farmer may not see a bystander. Wait until you make sure the farmer sees you.
- Do not assume farmers see you at an intersection. Tractors, trucks and combines have blind spots and if pulling heavy equipment, stopping is difficult.
- Do pull over as far as is safely possible when approaching farm equipment.
- Do not pull over opposite mailboxes, utility poles, road signs and narrow bridges.
- Do not try to pass farm equipment on a double yellow line. Be patient. You will get there eventually.
- Do be patient and understanding.
Farmers and motorists can drive safely on all roadways. The farmer wants to be a good neighbor sharing the public roads which connect one farm to another. Let’s all be good neighbors and share the public roads with each other.