Letters to the editor
What's taking so long on Roy Rogers Road?
In the May issue of The Sherwood Archer, Mayor Mays glibly suggests that Sherwood residents weary of road construction need to simply move their businesses to Sherwood. That could work for a few of us, I suppose. But most of us must commute. Thousands of us use Roy Rogers Road every day.
For over two years now, Roy Rogers Road has been snarled by construction delays costing Sherwood residents collectively literally tens of thousands of hours of our lives.
Now our mayor tells us to expect "just four short years for it to be completed." Four more years of continuous flagging and construction delays on Roy Rogers Road?
It took about three years to build Royal Caribbean's Symphony of the Seas, the largest passenger ship ever built. It took a little over two years to build Beijing Daxing International Airport, the second largest airport in the world, completed March 2017. And it took about five years to build The World, a collection of 300 inhabitable artificial islands totaling over 19 square miles located off the coast of Dubai.
Why, pray tell, Mr. Mayor, does it take six years to widen about four miles of road?
Sherwood residents who don't have the luxury of relocating their business shouldn't have to suffer four more years of construction on Roy Rogers Road. We shouldn't have to waste tens of thousands of hours of our lives stuck in construction delays. Just get it done.
Cyber bullying is problem for every community
What Landon Alboro says about cyber bullying is true: it is cruel, it is malicious, and it is a terrible thing to inflict on another person; this is true of all forms of mistreatment, especially bullying.
This is sometimes the result of jealousy as he supposes, but most of the time its a natural consequence of the fact that we are not wired to see people online as human. I feel for Landon in what he's saying here; he sees people being hurt, and like any good person, he wants it to stop.
And the things he suggests are mature and sensible: introduce kids to the internet when they're more mature, encourage people to see people online as people, and uphold a social standard of kindness and consideration. But there is one thing that must never happen: authority must never be exercised to remove a person's ability to act wrongly. To cut off the hand that hurts is to cut off the hand that helps; you cannot do one without also doing the other.
Cyber bullying cannot be solved by taking away the ability to do evil but, as Landon says at the end of his letter, by encouraging the better angels of our nature and ensuring that people are better able to handle the reality of an imperfect world with people who do terrible things to others.
Worries about fun center make very little sense
This is in response to Robert Gibson's opinion of the proposed fun center at Langer Farm's. He is worried about the warming it would cause. But wouldn't a New Seasons, Trader Joe's, or any asphalt parking do the same? And what about there not being enough grocery stores. Is WalMart chopped liver? Raymond Davis
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