• Level-headed about traffic
    June 12,2014
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    I was slightly misquoted in the article about Monday’s Woodstock Avenue meeting and would like to make clear what I actually said. When I bicycled up Woodstock at rush hour, the semi trucks were going “past,” not “fast”! The reason I felt so comfortable is that the trucks were going at a reasonable speed, about 30 to 35 mph.

    One comment about the meeting: There were two minorities and one majority. One minority was pleased with the ease of use, safety and calm of the new configuration. Another minority consisted of business owners who presented evidence that their businesses were being harmed by it.

    The apparent majority consisted of rude, angry folks who had had some good and some bad experiences with the new lanes, but didn’t simply present the facts as they saw them. As a group they worked themselves into a lather, taking potshots at city leaders who had only been trying to improve public safety, and applauding loudest for those speakers who were most scathing in their exaggerated negativity.

    Is this what city meetings are always like? I have a new-found respect for our mayor and other city leaders, and I thank them for their patience and level-headedness.

    REBECCA MATTIS

    Rutland
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