Drivers should be more aware
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.