I wanted to take this opportunity to respond to Mr. Dennis Murray’s “Stop signs more safe than stop lights” (Reader forum, April 22).
I should first state that you are probably much more experienced in these matters than I am and your stance, in general, is probably pretty accurate.
However, in regards to this specific intersection I think that maybe you should check with those that live at this intersection before taking this stance.
As a 10-year resident of this intersection, I navigate the intersection daily and have been a first-responder on several occasions (including the April 11 accident).
The intersection is definitely more dangerous without the light. Due to the parking on Columbus Avenue, the underpass, and difficulty getting off of Parish, many drivers say a prayer and aggressively turn onto Columbus.
Right or wrong, there are several very close misses daily.
Come see us. We may be able to give you some more specific insight previously not considered. I invite you to come sit on my porch with me from 3 to 5 p.m. any weekday.
We can have a few root beers and I can illustrate in better detail why your current stance may be flawed in this particular case.
— Ron Hile
Columbus and Parish