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Roundabouts a bad idea

Editor:

As someone who spent many years driving in Europe let me tell you roundabouts are not a way to improve driving and access to side roads. They are an accident, serious deadly accidents, waiting to happen.

I have seen many accidents in roundabouts in Europe and believe me the need for medical services and fire trucks was frequent, something on the order of 9 out of 10 accidents.

Bringing in ideas from other countries just because it is cheaper or less labor intensive is not a justification for the ideas.

I have driven the few roundabouts in the Phoenix area, and they are death traps waiting to happen. Fortunately the last one I drove on was at late at night and no one else was driving it at the same time.

The costs just don't justify the dangers involved.

Brian Coley

Camp Verde

Toy Ride successful

Editor:

The Camp Verde Marshal’s Office is grateful to everyone who helped make the 2003 Toy Ride a success. A portion of the historic General Crook Trail made for a pleasurable trail ride and hot lunch for the riders. All of the contribution to the Marshal’s Toy Ride provided funds for the inaugural Shop with a Cop Program with many children with needs receiving Christmas gifts and the opportunity to get gifts for others.

We appreciate the many individuals who made donations of cash or toys to join in the Toy ride effort. Many thanks to the businesses in Town that contributed donated goods to the cause including Basha’s Supermarket, Crusty’s Pizza, McDonalds Restaurant, Fort Verde Gas, Top Shelf Liquors, Pepsi-Cola Company and Osco Drug Store. Thanks to the sons of the American Legion Post 93 for again sponsoring a dinner for the Toy Ride and donating the proceeds. Thanks to the Veterans Motor Car Club for its fundraising and donation.

The Toy Ride Christmas event is special to the Camp Verde Marshal’s Office staff. They donate their time and efforts to participate in the Toy Ride fundraising. It is especially rewarding to join with others in our community who generously open their hearts at this time of year for those who are in need. Marshal John Wischmeyer said of the Toy Ride event this year, “It was difficult to determine who had the most enjoyment at the Shop with a Cop event, the children who were shopping, or the Deputy Marshals who joined in with them.” We appreciate all of those folks who made this happen and it demonstrates again what a great community this is to live in.

John Wischmeyer

Camp Verde Marshal’s Office

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