Driv­ers should be more aware

Record Observer - - Opinion -

I could not agree more with the Mary­land Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion chief who said that you should “Park your phone be­fore you drive.”

He said that April is Dis­tracted Driver Aware­ness Month and po­lice will be­gin tick­et­ing driv­ers who are us­ing their cell­phones while driv­ing. The first of­fense could very well cost you $70 with one point on your li­cense.

As ev­ery­one should know by now, tex­ting or us­ing your phone while driv­ing is ex­tremely dan­ger­ous.

I know that I men­tioned a few weeks ago in a col­umn how some driv­ers will pull up to the main in­ter­sec­tion in town with­out re­gard for the pedes­trian walk­way, and usu­ally those dis­cour­te­ous driv­ers will have a cell­phone stuck in their ear or they are tex­ting at the time.

Frankly, my friends, I am go­ing to keep men­tion­ing this “ex­tremely dan­ger­ous” type of driv­ing as long as I no­tice it.

••• MRS. TURNER AT 110 We car­ried a pic­ture and a few lines about Mrs. He­len Gra­ham Turner, a na­tive of the county, who cel­e­brated her 110th birth­day at the Brandy­wine Se­nior Liv­ing home in New Jersey last week and re­ceived a clip­ping of the news­pa­per up there that car­ried a story of the lady along with more pic­tures on her 109th birth­day party last year. Here are a few more notes from the 109th birth­day last year:

Lind­say Mel­lon, a grand­daugh­ter, said her grand­mother has made new friends and has friends who visit her reg­u­larly. “She takes such a joy in ev­ery­thing,” her grand­daugh­ter says.

She stays busy by knit­ting scarves for friends and fam­ily, plays Rum­mikub and en­joys trivia games and happy hours. On her 109th birth­day, the party in­cluded friends and fam­ily, a bag­pipe player along with cards and vis­i­tors from Sudlersville; plus gift of 109 choco­late chip cook­ies from Nord­strom and a procla­ma­tion from New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno.

Af­ter re­tir­ing from her teach­ing ca­reer, she trav­eled into her 90s, go­ing through­out the United States and Europe. She is an avid gar­dener and was in­volved with her North­field Gar­den Club and the Chil­dren’s Seashore House in At­lantic City.

“To think any­one can reach 109 and have the fun that I have,” she said.

Now there cer­tainly is very lit­tle I can add to this grand lady’s life, but just hope she con­tin­ues to en­joy her life as we know it now.

••• WHY THAT WALL? It seems to me that the mas­sive and mighty ex­pen­sive wall Pres­i­dent Trump wants to build at our south­ern bor­der is just not a very good idea.

You just know that it will not keep out all the un­de­sir­able im­mi­grants that want to come into the U.S. Why not use that money to hire more bor­der pa­trol of­fi­cers that will give gain­ful em­ploy­ment in­stead of wast­ing bil­lions on that wall?

I did not vote for Trump (well, I didn’t vote for Hil­lary ei­ther), and I am not sure he can han­dle the job un­less he will sur­round him­self with peo­ple who know gov­ern­ment and can keep him away from all that twit­ter­ing. It wor­ries me what might hap­pen in the next four years if he fol­lows some of those crack­pot ideas he seems to come up with.

I do want to say he an­swered the horrible chem­i­cal at­tack in Syria with force — now if we can just get rid of that dic­ta­tor that seems to want to kill his own peo­ple, we will be bet­ter off.

••• LIKED THIS ONE One of my fa­vorite mag­a­zines is Reader’s Di­gest, and I liked this quote in a re­cent is­sue.

Barry Switzer, a for­mer NFL coach, was quoted as say­ing: “Some peo­ple are born on third base and go through life think­ing they hit a triple.”

While I am speak­ing of the NFL, my faith­ful read­ers know that I am a foot­ball nut and try not to miss the games on TV. But there is a time when too much of the game is not right and that’s what I think about Thurs­day Night Foot­ball. I know the own­ers want more money, but it just seems to me that play­ers can­not get enough rest from a Sun­day game and they have to play again on Thurs­day.

I just hope the ones in charge re­al­ize that it is not worth hav­ing the Thurs­day night game and get rid of it. The money can’t be more im­por­tant than keep­ing the play­ers healthy.

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