The Commerce Journal

Letters to the Editor

May 20, 2009

Letters to the editor, May 21, 2009

To the editor:

At Texas A&M; University-Commerce, the safety of our students is a top priority. We cannot expect our students, who come to us from throughout northeast Texas and the world, to entrust us with their academic futures if we cannot also promise them a safe, secure campus environment.

Unfortunately, on May 5, 2009, two A&M-Commerce; students were hit by a car driven by another student in the Culver Street crosswalk outside Whitley Hall. Thankfully, they sustained only minor injuries.

Incidents like this are taken very seriously by the university. For a number of months, university officials have been in regular talks with the Texas Department of Transportation about how to improve the safety of the pedestrian crossings on Culver Street and Hwy. 50.

On May 8, campus officials met with Craig Miser, area engineer for TxDOT, to discuss new plans for improving the crosswalk notification system. This meeting had been planned well in advance of the May 5 accident.

Mr. Miser and the university agreed on a two-part solution. The plan includes a push-button signal that will illuminate a strip of LED flashers in the pavement. In addition, TxDOT agreed to lay down rumble strips on the pavement on both sides of the crosswalk to get drivers' attention. This plan will be brought to the city for approval in the coming weeks.

Once the project receives city approval, the improvements will be installed, starting with the rumble strips next month. The LED flashers and push-button signals should be installed by the fall semester.

In addition, crosswalk education will play a greater role at new student orientation. Thanks to our risk management and safety departments, students will participate in a training program focused on crosswalk safety, emphasizing the need to maintain a heightened awareness of their surroundings as they cross the street.

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    Your “yes” vote is desperately needed for passage of the bond issue that concerns our hospital.

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  • Kudos to Wolfe City, Commerce firefighters

    To the editor:     
    I just wanted to properly thank the Wolfe City firefighters who brought two trucks and the Commerce firefighters as well for coming so quickly to put out our structure fire. Although it was full of treasures and necessities both, these men prevented our house and barn and second shop from burning. They came quickly enough and they worked very hard.

    November 30, 2012

  • More people to thank for Author's Park

    To the editor:
    This photo was one of four that appeared in the June 7 issue of the Commerce Journal.
    There are several people who help with this project that never get a thank-you, and I would like to point them out to the city and citizens of Commerce, Texas.

    June 19, 2012

  • A thank you from the mayor

    To the editor:
    Now that the municipal and primary elections are over and before the 90 days leading up to the general election in November begin I would like to take a few minutes to thank the voters of Commerce for going to the polls and exercising their right to vote.

    June 15, 2012

  • Adoption, spaying/neutering answers to overcrowding of no-kill shelters

    To the editor:
    Weekly I walk several municipal shelters to pull animals that are up for euthanasia. This is a hard job to do, but the rewards are great. Animal Control provides a wonderful service to the community by keeping our streets free of roaming animals. Sad to say there are more animals than space available, so animals have to be put to sleep.

    April 30, 2012

  • Cost to build trails is the question

    To the editor:

    I just read Opinion/ Guess Viewpoint  of Joe Johnson (BIKER) in Caddo Mills enjoyment of the trails in Florida and Missouri. I have heard that he is a nice guy and grew up around the local area and I respect his opinion. Nothing in his opinion explained how these trails were built and paid for.  So here is my opinion. If someone would research the total cost it took to build this enjoyment using Our taxpayers money it would be in the the millions of dollars level, I am sure.

    April 20, 2012

  • Hike and Bike Trail a bad idea

    To the editor:
    I had sent you a letter to the editor a while back that you had stated it was not needed in your area. Now it is.
    Funding has been approved for a 12-Mile Hike and Bike Trail by TPWD — National Recreational Trail Fund for a private not-for-profit group to construct it along the old Chaparral RR. It is to start on the east side of Fannin County line that adjoins Delta County. From there it will go west through the city of Ladonia, then dips down into Hunt County above Commerce area for a short distance, then continues back up into Fannin County and will come down into Hunt County just east of Hwy. 34.

    March 30, 2012

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