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Sunday June 4th

Pedestrian Asks Drivers For More Patience When Others Use Crosswalk

Every day I wonder. I wonder why I have to risk my life just to walking up South Columbia Street across Mason Farm Road. I wonder if it ever occurs to drivers who turn onto Mason Farm Road going 30 mph that it actually is a crosswalk. I wonder if there is some unwritten "one-life-one-crosswalk" rule that I don't know about; maybe that's what got invoked on Manning Street. I wonder why the Public Safety officer who sits there in the morning never gives anyone a ticket for almost running me over even though the reason he is there is because someone has been run over already. I wonder if the driver who scowls at me through the windshield because I made him wait 20 seconds while I crossed the street rushes to work so he can drink coffee and check his e-mail for 10 minutes. Lately I see flags in some of the windows of these cars.

As I finish my daily walk to school I wonder if there is any irony in that.

Michael Howell
Curriculum in Neurobiology

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