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The Villages
Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Pedestrians should always take safety seriously

Walking is a good way to get exercise, stay fit and enjoy the fresh air and sunshine. Here are some common sense tips for staying safe:

Be predictable. Follow the rules of the road and obey signs and signals.
Walk on sidewalks whenever they are available.
If there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic and as far from traffic as possible.
Keep alert at all times; don’t be distracted by electronic devices that take your eyes (and ears) off the road.
Whenever possible, cross streets at crosswalks or intersections, where drivers expect pedestrians. Look for cars in all directions, including those turning left or right.
If a crosswalk or intersection is not available, locate a well-lit area where you have the best view of traffic. Wait for a gap in traffic that allows enough time to cross safely; continue watching for traffic as you cross.
Never assume a driver sees you. Make eye contact with drivers as they approach to make sure you are seen.
Be visible at all times. Wear bright clothing during the day, and wear reflective materials or use a flashlight at night.
Watch for cars entering or exiting driveways, or backing up in parking lots.
Avoid alcohol and drugs when walking; they impair your abilities and your judgment.

Book banning in schools is out of control

A Village of Hawkins resident, responds to a previous letter writer about the sensitive topic of banned books.

Marxist ideologies are taking over our society

A Village of Sunset Pointe resident warns that Marxist ideologies are taking over our society. Read his Letter to the Editor.

County should never have approved poor road design

In a Letter to the Editor, a Villager scolds the officials who are allowing the construction of many new homes without considering the impact on Rolling Acres Road.

Palestinians are the ones who raised their children to join Hamas

A Village of Fernandina resident offers applause for a fellow resident who stood up for Israel in a previous Letter to Editor.

It’s ridiculous to put a roundabout on a perfectly straight road

A reader who has driven the new roundabout on Rolling Acres Road offers his assessment. Read his Letter to the Editor.