|Paper||Beaver County Monitor|
|Rights||In Copyright (InC)|
|Rights Holder||Alice Smith|
|Publisher||Digitized by J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah|
|Paper||Beaver County Monitor|
Cemicr JANUARY 16, 1997 Letters To The Editor Letters to the Editor must be signed and have a daytime phone number for verification. Comments do not necessarily express the editorial policy or viewpoint of the Beaver County Monitor. Equal space will be provided for opposing views. GET REAL ON SPEED LIMITS Editor: I really related with Alice Smith's "I've been had" feelings (Monitor, Jan 9). When I arrived in ' Milford on Jan 10 for a week-en- d visit, I also 'was had'. My experience was provided by a Beaver County deputy sheriff because I exceeded a posted speed limit Though 1 violated the letter of the law, we all need to know that the basic intent of the Utah Code is that indr idual drivers should "...not operate a vehicle at a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent under existing conditions..." How many among us really believe that a limit of 55 mph is the criteria that defines reasonable and prudent? Do you feel a little twinge of guilt when you do 61 or 62 mph on stretches of long, straight, nearly empty, rural roads? Or, when you can't help going faster than 25 mph on city streets when that's the legal maximum? Then, consider this. Maybe you should feel little less a guilt about violating speed limits and a little more irritation at the people who set them. Preliminary findings by Federal Highway Administration traffic research engineers suggest that limits on many thoroughfares are set arbitrarily low. There's nothing particularly scientific about 25 mph or 55 mph. Regardless of what safety studies may show, some county highway departments, city councils, or other units of local government use speed limits in a misguided attempt to solve other problems such as mounting traffic volumes or local revenue-generatio- n methods and set those limits rather arbitrarily low. A sort of law of nature works on all drivers. Most motorists (including police officers and elected officials) tend to drive at speeds at which they feel safe, no matter what limit is posted. The ideal limit is at something called the "85th percentile speed" -- - the speed at or below which 85 percent of traffic moves on a given stretch of road. A consequence of posting arbitrary speed limits in disharmony with the natural tendency of drivers to drive at speeds at which they feel safe, is that the posted speed limits make technical violators out of motorists driving at 'reasonable and safe speeds'. Unfortunately, those 'technical violators' sometimes wind up with real but 'undeserved' tickets. The federal government recently repealed its arbitrary 55 mph and 65 (rural) mph restrictions1 Many western stales, including Utah," have already increased speed limits on some roads and observations to date even suggest that traffic problems have been reduced with increased speeds. Now it's time for local officials to get real about Rather than allowing elected speed limits. representatives to reduce speed limits in even more locations, it would be prudent for the citizens of Beaver County to lobby their elected officials for more realistic speed limits and to insist that police stop wasting their time on safe drivers who technically violate posted speed limits and concentrate instead on those drivers who are reckless and dangerous. Small towns like Milford, Minersville, and Beaver arc continually struggling to improve their image and to attract new businesses which might promote growth and provide economic benefits to their citizens. With such goals, Beaver County doesn't want and certainly doesn't need any of their police personnel being likened to Mayberry's 'Barney Fife', by constantly straining to enforce the letter, rather than the intent of the law. Wouldn't the local citizens rather have a which is friendly, helpful and more force police available to provide protective services to readily the community? Wouldn't it be better to pursue things that are positive image builders rather than letting the traveling public perceive Beaver County as a place dedicated to revenue-generatin- g speed Umftnr ountg Dear Mrs. Smith, My eye caught the large photo on the front page MONITOR when I opened the January 9th the of for there was the old Jefferson Mercantile issue Company emporium! Having worked there part-tim- e in Junior High School and continuing into Senior High and then when enlisting in the Army have lots of good memories Air Corps 1934-194about that old place. The picture you ran on the bottom half portrays me at about 125 pounds (all muscle) and my copy indicates it was taken in 1939. Left to right in the picture are: Warren Thompson who left for the NavV during the war and retired from the service; Clyde Griffiths who left to become an engineer for UPRR and retired therefrom to Milford; Harry Jefferson, nephew of George, who left to become an officer in the Army and was about to complete his career when he died; Richard Heslington who left Jeffs to work for United Fruit and moved to Provo where he still resides. Thorpe Waddingham worked in Hardware and we enlisted in the US Army Air Corps, both becoming pilots and flying combat in WW II. I don't believe Dan worked for Jeff and Roy Carlson had passed away by that time. About where Clyde is standing we installed a stove for heat during the winter huge was and had to stoke it every morning. just coming in as evidenced by the baskets on the lower left. Packaged cookies were still not popular as the counter in front of Clyde was bulk cookies. Behind me is the vegetable rack which was replenished every Thursday by a truck from United Fruit. Vegetables were rather sad at the end of the week Telephone orders were very popular with deliveries made every hour from 9:30 a.m. on to 5 p.m. Everyone had a charge account kept by D.A. Baxter in the office, assisted by Gladys Coleman Shinglcton. We used to get flour and grain feeds by the carload from Ogden and it was a good couple of days work to unload. Most of the groceries came in from Utah Wholesale Grocery in Salt Lake City weekly by UPRR refrigerator car. meats were delivered by truck. The Hardware department head was George Fernley and stocked everything from Mining equipment to home appliances. I remember one of the fun trips because it got you away from the store on occasion was to run to the Powder House located by the old City dump to get a case of dynamite and deliver it to Mr. Cole's mine west of town. Christmas Eve was fun because folks had purchased large gifts for their kids, kept them at the store for safe keeping and we delivered them after dark, about the time the Egg Nogs were pouring! George was a good boss and always provided a cash - Christmas present t a employees. ' My uncle Dern Osborn was the butcher for a while and his favorite sport was to tell his lady clientele stories while they hung over his meat counter. He could be depended upon to be standing out front sucking a lemon when the marching band moved by. I hope this gives you a little background on life at Jeff Merc. We worked hard every weekday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Saturday from 8 a m. ; to 7 p.m. but it was pleasurable to serve the Milford , public. Thank you for the story and picture. V PAGE 2 C"l 7T-r- - . lit: f 2, 'fe 'xj y ? " " I -t . W c n. Self-servi- ce 1 Respectfully, John L. Grimshaw Thank you for the letter! We help you make more and keep more! LOOKING?? FOR A TAX PREPARER V- J at If your home looks empty and dreary after taking down the holiday decor, consider an exotic plant to help spruce things up. Many indoor plants are easy to grow and will lighten up a room with splashes of color. The Chinese Lantern, which is also called a flowering maple, has a maple-shape- d leaf with a white edge variegation. It produces a striking prefers a cool room (around 65 degrees) orange bks&ipec7odicalJy' and light. The Bloodleaf and Purple Heart plants both have red to purple colored leaves and enjoy subtle lighting. The Aluminum plant has a silvery foliage and requires less light. The Snake plant is upright with a yellow variegation on the leaf edges. Some plants that may require a bit more attention include the Nerve plant, which has a deep green leaf with red to pink veins; the Watermelon with unusual color patterns; and the Polka Peperomia, which is gray-greDot plant, which has pink splotches. They all need to be kept moist. The Croton is one of the most colorful indoor plants. The leaves can ? display shades of red, yellow, light green, orange and almost black. They need plenty of light and should not be moved once a permanent location is found. The Tricolor Dracaena also needs good lighting to keep its colors of green, pink and white. The upright and palm-lik- e appearance makes it a good choice for a corner. i- en a mi LICENSED SERVING UTAH. ARIZONA NEVADA a 4:00PM TOO LATE! M 8.-00P- ANYTIME 386-242- 4 628-366- 3 INTUITS ,JL IS NOW A FLORIST ALSOIl WE ABE TAKING ORDERS FOR VALENTINE 'S DA YJ1 CALL US FOR ALL YOUR FRESH FLOWEI ARRANGEMENTS!! 386-121- 6 WAIT from Neilsen, spent the winter of 194849 at Black Rock with a herd of sheep. In his diary he described January 12, 1949 as a with almost too much snow for the sheep. January 13: still snowing and more predicted on KSL radio. His sense of humor showed through on January 18, when he recorded that it was still snowing, but they "were sweating it out" waiting for supplies. Januaiy 24: still snowing. Neilsen rode his horse to a high point overlooking the Crystal Peak Highway to check the road condition. He wrote, "When we saw the road crew, we knew that we had not joined the ten lost tribes." Carl Fairview, MAIN HINTON & HALL annual tax check-up- ! - DON'T - about the weather? VfflttEO SMACK X) THE MINEBSVILLE 82 W. KEMP BURDICK For your Complaining HOW CAN I BRIGHTEN UP A DREARY WINTER HOME? Answer by: Jerry Goodspeed, Utah State University Extension horticulturist CERTIFIED PUBLIC ACCOUNTANTS LaDell Eyre at J .. for his parents, Mauritia and Randall Robinson. Grand parents are Norman & Madeline Davis of Milford and Randall & LaJuana Robinson of Paragonah. Great grandparents are Pat & Bob Davis of Milford. Great-gregrandmother Dee Ferguson also lives in Milford. The Milford Hospital Adult Volunteers are the sponsors of the First Baby of "1997" born in the Milford Valley Hospital. Donations have been received from the following businesses and organizations: Country Floral, Sam's Furniture, Solutions, Milford Drug, John's Service, Hong Kong Cafe, Tom McGinn, Dr. David Howard, L & L Supply, Station Restaurant, West Hills Excavation, Rollins Machine - Trucking & Construction, Milford Chevron, R & R Diner, Milford Hospital Volunteers, Veda's, Circle 4 Farms, Milford Hospital, and Junior Volunteers. M3 is the time to call 4 TA ozs. The young gentleman is 18 inches long and delightfully handsome. He is the first child MANAGEMENT CONSULTANTS NOW - Milford Valley Memorial Hospital New Year's Baby Garrett Lynn Robinson arrived at 5:31 P.M. January 13, 1997. He weighed in at 5 lbs. THIS WEEKS NEW VIDEO RELEASES: - PHENOMENON ,M,"jy:,") BORDELLO !! ME RECEIVE EdRadke NEW " OP BLOOD RELEASES WEEKLY !! West Valley City Football S Sequel to "I've Been Had" representative. And . ..that's not the worst of it! Late charges on one credit card account are reported to all other accounts. It appears that somewhere in the credit card fine print on those 2.9 and 5.9 immediate an there is clause a allowing agreements, or in one case interest rate increase to 15.9, 1 22.9. Hmm wonder if Newt reviewed this procedure in his law classes. 8, j pot-belli- traps? After "negotiations" with Peoples Bank, Individual Newspage, and Microsoft Network, an 1997 additional 7, bill, dated January arrived ...complete with charges for monthly service itnme IUd 14a CAU. 1at rtinrof nn WW naTWnt WVI llkllUJ nine ni knttt MJ.. Just don't pay it? That isn't exactly an option! Even with the credit card account closed and repeated statements of protest submitted, Peoples Bank will honor invoices mom Individual Newspage and Microsoft Network. Those charges, $6. 95 and $4. 95 per month plus $20. per month in late charges can be added to the account for an indefinite period of time according to their service - Daily Prescription Delivery Order by 3:00 P.M. Delivery at 5:00 P.M. 'V Tuesday Nights Dart Tournament Sign up at 7:00 P.M. -- Play begins at 8:00 Thursday Nights The Barnburners Monday Saturday (cut off time 1:30 Saturday) if Milford Drug 464 S. Main St. 801-387-21- 04 Open 1 0:00 A.M. - 6:00 P.M. The Pub is a private club cf members onjy. 413 S. Main Jditford 801-337- 24 UT"