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Letters to the Editor

Posted: Tuesday, November 20, 2001

Drivers need to be reminded about correct rules of road

Ever since I, a senior at Skyview High School, have started driving, I and many others have noticed that there are many things wrong with the way people drive. This is caused by bad habits and carelessness, which progresses at a steady rate through their driving history. Road rage, caused by many of these bad habits, could be entirely eliminated if people were to be more aware of the things they do wrong, not only for the safety of children and adults but for the courtesy of others.

The things that people need to be more aware of when driving is their blinker usage. Not only forgetting about the blinker, but they need to turn their blinker on at least 100 feet before turning. This will minus a lot of the slamming of the brakes. Another thing that upsets people is that in the cities they take time, money and space to make a turning lane for the people that need to turn. Use it!

When using your high beam lights, don't forget to dim them when you see another car coming toward you. Not only will it help them keep their eyesight a little longer, but also it will help them see what is ahead of them. This will help avoid an accident.

Brakes are there for people when they need to slow down. This is a problem during the winter mostly because you will slide more often when using the brakes. This is why people say to try to keep away from the brakes as much as possible when it is winter, and definitely when icy. Don't use the brake unless you need it.

Another thing that would help people more when being on the road would be if people had a certain number of times to flash the headlights when telling another driver something. People get confused between the flashing once and flashing a few times. Flashing only once should be to let you know that you have forgotten to dim your bright lights. The way to warn a driver that there is danger ahead should be to flash the person exactly three times. This will let the person know what you are trying to tell them without confusing them.

When there is a person tailgating you, and if you are going the speed limit or less, move over to the side and let the person pass. It will lower the rate of accidents and stop you from worrying about the person tailgating.

To straighten things up and keep people happy on the road, I think there should be some kind of class that is either required or recommended, at least every five years, to the people so they could go over and relearn the basics of driving. I believe this will reduce the amount of accidents that our cities have each year.

Stacy Sachwitz

Sterling

Why are gas prices so high in Alaska, so cheap in Lower 48?

The headline on Page 1 reads: "Lower gas prices could postpone pipeline plans." I recently traveled down the Alaska Highway and paid up to $8 a gallon for gas in Canada, almost $2 per gallon in Tok and at the U.S.-Canadian border. In cities like Santa Fe, Texas, and Prescott Valley, Ariz., the citizens in those areas are paying as little as $1.14 a gallon. It appears the "economic recession" and "lower energy prices" work differently in different parts of the United States.

The joint committee states that it is looking at the economy 10 years or so from now. Does this mean that Alaskans are going to have to continue to pay high gas prices to finance the pipeline that will deliver "cheaper" gas to the Lower 48?

The committee has traveled throughout Alaska and Canada looking for alternatives that will hopefully reap "billions" back into our economy. The oil industry is in "communication with the group." Wow! This is on the heels of the oil industry's receiving a setback on the Exxon Valdez award (the banner story on Page one in the Nov. 8 Clarion). Is the reason that gas is so high here is that we are financing the oil company for the Valdez spill award? The low prices in the Lower 48 seems to show that to be the case.

Alaska is being hailed as the solution to the U.S.'s dependence on foreign oil. That being the case, why can't we determine the price that the rest of the country pays? Perhaps a nickel or dime a gallon for oil shipped out of state to cover the cost of the pipeline -- starting now.

Jack Hickey

Soldotna



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