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A Lack Of Good Judgment



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A Lack Of Good Judgment

To the Editor:

This morning, I was traveling north on Main Street in heavy snowfall, just passing the Resurrection Cemetery. The roads were covered with snow and traffic was traveling slowly due to the conditions. Visibility was less than optimal. Ahead of me, I couldn’t believe what I was seeing.

It was a young man running north in the southbound lane, more in the lane than on the shoulder. There was so much snow on the road it was obvious he was having difficulty running without falling. Given all the snowstorms we have had over the past several weeks, there is no shoulder. I couldn’t help but wonder what this man was thinking! It’s great that people run to keep fit, but this was ridiculous. Not only was this young man risking his own life, but possibly the life or the lives of someone driving toward him. Imagine if an oncoming car loss control of their car and killed or left you permanently disabled. Not only would you have to live a life less than normal, but the person who hit you would have to live with it for the rest of their life. That’s not to mention the family you would leave behind or would have to take care of you for the rest of your own life.

What’s even more scary is this is not the only instance I have witnessed this obvious lack of good judgment. The last snowstorm, early in the morning before it was totally light out, I was traveling on Currituck Road going up a hill with a blind corner in front of me. Running up the hill was a young woman.

It’s hard for me to believe educated people could be so stupid. Now stupid is a harsh word, but I can’t think of another word that actually fits. Is your life or the life of another really worth that morning run?

It’s a free country and people can do what they want within the limits of the law, but before you decide to go for that morning or afternoon run in the middle of a snowstorm when it’s hard enough for people to commute to their jobs, use the brain that God gave you and invest in a treadmill.

Lori Traisci

South Main Street, Newtown                                    February 1, 2011

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