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By Ron Stewart
The Dalles 

Quash the rumor


To the Editor:

I’m writing The Sentinel, but this could pertain to everyone who drives. I live and work in The Dalles, and I see drivers from all over 60 to 80 hours a week as a taxi driver. It’s a sad shame we taxis have to be the perfect examples and be humans at the same time. Everyone makes mistakes, but admitting them and correcting ourselves should be something we learned in kindergarten. (Everything I Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten is a great book, especially in this age of never reading books.)

Anyway, I said all that to say senior drivers need to be alert! All too often they seem confused or lost, and it’s dangerous! Going slow getting onto freeways, or staying in the fast lane too slow for too long, and generally not knowing where they’re going. Turn signals seem to be against their religion, and they even go the wrong way on obviously one-way streets. The roundabout on the east side of downtown The Dalles works really well, yet there’s always someone who can’t quite figure it out. Really? Twenty mph and someone hits a telephone pole doing about 40 mph just 30 feet from the roundabout? Guess they forgot what the brake pedal is for.

The Bible says forgive 70 times seven, so our life goes on, and a habit of a good taxi driver says, “Forgive them Lord, they know not what they do.” Let’s be kind to each other, yield when we should, use the speed limit not going 20 because we’re lost. Quash the ugly rumor that Washintonians can’t drive, please, and let’s try to love the tourists.


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