To The Daily Sun,
I've been following the robust discussion about the proposed Meredith roundabouts in your paper for the last few weeks. As usual, I'm astounded by some of the questionable information that's being submitted to you.
I tend to call them half truths, and the old saying is "A half truth is a whole lie."
Here's what's missing in many of the letters written to you by the members of the Meredith 3/25 Advisory Committee and Meredith Selectmen:
— Proof of their claims.
— In one letter, Warren Clark talked about how he and others gathered at the 3/25 intersection and observed traffic. That's good, but none of them has had extensive education in traffic engineering.
— I maintain that all the members of the 3/25 Advisory Committee, as well as the Meredith selectmen, make a field trip to the Portsmouth roundabout where State Route 16 goes under Interstate 95. I'd like them to do this at rush hour on a Monday morning and then on a Friday afternoon. They'll quickly determine that roundabouts are worthless in periods of peak traffic.
— Tell me again why we need roundabouts in Meredith? Have hundreds of citizens of Meredith lobbied for them? Who are they? Show me the petitions.
— As for turning right at the intersection of Routes 3 and 25 in Meredith, motorists and logging trucks can already turn right on red. If they can't turn right now because of oncoming traffic, that same traffic will block them from entering the roundabout. That fact was conveniently left out of several letters.
— If roundabouts are such a great idea instead of "inefficient traffic signals that force cars to stop," then why don't we see roundabouts at all larger intersections controlled by signals?
Finally, don't fall under the spell of the magic word "grant." You'll hear those in favor of the roundabouts that we're getting a free grant from the federal government to cover the cost. There's no such thing as free grant money from the federal government. All grants are legal contracts and the Town of Meredith will be bound to provide many things to the federal government in return for the money. It's all in the documents that you can read right now.
Here are a few questions that need truthful answers:
— Have the residents of Meredith been polled to see if they want their taxes to go up and tax revenue to go down as a result of installing roundabouts?
— Are a majority of residents of Meredith unhappy with the flow of traffic in non-peak hours?
— Have all of the selectmen of Meredith read all of the accompanying documents that are part of the legally binding contract the Town of Meredith must sign with the federal government?
— Are the selectmen of Meredith aware of all of the strings that are attached to the grant? Are they aware of future obligations to the federal government that are part of the legally binding contract they must sign?
There are countless questions and facts that must be answered and considered before roundabouts are approved.
If you want to discover some additional questions and facts about the proposed Meredith roundabouts that some of the other letter authors have left out or are not aware of, please visit this web page:
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