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Opinion

May 3, 2013

Police chief, officer listened to traffic concerns

To the editor:

In response to the letter I wrote last week concerning my Thompson Street neighborhood as the “raceway from hell.” I have received a courteous visit from an Amesbury officer who was seeking more details and a courtesy letter from the police chief expressing his concern and all the song and dance that I expected. I personally spoke with the police chief today on the phone and heard his concern again and all about the red tape.

What bewilders me is that an elite street in this City of Amesbury has speed bumps. I offered the police chief a free immediate solution to the problem. I offered to buy lightweight, weather-resistant saw horses, paint them fluorescent orange and place them vertically in the center of the street. Vehicles would be able to pass through safely, but slowly, and they could be easily removed if needed.

He said, “I cannot allow you to do that, only for a special event.” I told him life was a special event. Children playing, elderly walking, people walking their dogs and animals existing.

The sidewalks are not fit to walk on — that is another issue and I do realize money is tight when not budgeted efficiently, therefore the sidewalks are not on the list. He said call when people race, he said they like to get calls! I am truly not sure what a phone call does after someone has raced up the street and out of sight. But call I will. I told him that I hope I never have to call and say, “I told you so.”

If you have this same concern in your neighborhood, stand up and be heard, but speak loudly. Freedom of speech is our God-given right, the last I knew, unless the president changed that part of the Constitution (I did hear rumors about the Constitution).

In closing, speak up if this issue concerns you and don’t forget those phone calls.

Barbara Pouliot

Amesbury

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