Letters To The Editor
by Emanuel County Live | January 19, 2005 12:00 am
The city of Swainsboro has a rich history. My family and I moved here in the summer of 1961.
Little by little, we’ve seen so much growth and change. Building have been torn down and new structures have gone up. The Super Wal-Mart has replaced many of the so-called Mom and Pop stores.
But downtown Swainsboro still retains much of its former charm. The store fronts look as if they came out of a Norman Rockwell painting. The simplicity, beauty and charm of Swainsboro sparkled this Christmas. Visitors to our city certainly experienced southern hospitality at its best.
But the people of Swainsboro are its greatest treasure. Without the hard working people from the past, or the dedicated people of the present, our future wouldn’t look so promising.
Why does the bypass have only one red light? My husband and children reside on Hwy. 56 South and have to cross that dangerous intersection every day. And, believe me, it is dangerous.
Just ask Mr. Danny Wayne Faircloth. He was sitting still at a stop sign on Hwy. 56 when his truck was slammed into by a vehicle that was struck by another vehicle that ran the stop sign! Luckily, he is alive and with us today. But I think this accident and others could be avoided. According to Georgia State Patrol records on Jan. 7, there have been 15 accidents at bypass intersections since it opened Oct. 29, 2004. Out of these accidents, 24 people received injuries that required medical treatment. Seven of those 24 injuries were received in ONE accident at the intersection of Hwy. 56 South.
The intersection of Hwy. 56 South is by far the most dangerous. Here is a breakdown of accidents, according to the State Patrol:
Hwy. 56 South: 6 accidents.
Hwy. 57: 2 accidents.
Hwy. 80 East: 2 accidents.
Old Nunez Road: 2 accidents.
McLeod Bridge Road: 1 accident.
Empire Expressway: 1 accident.
Quail Ridge: 1 accident.
The intersections are poorly marked not only by the approaching bypass on one of the above mentioned roads, but also traveling down the bypass in either direction. None of these intersections have lighting at night. Some of the intersections are confusing as well. For example, the bypass and U.S. Hwy. 1 near Dellwood. And let’s not forget fogy days. Crossing the bypass in fog is like playing Russian Roulette.
The intersection on Hwy. 56 South needs a red light. It is a major route of travel and very busy. How many more people have to be hurt or killed? I challenge whoever made these decisions about red lights to try and cross this intersection on a foggy morning or at night. This is the only way to see the danger and understand how we feel. I believe I speak for many citizens of Emanuel County who share my feelings.
I’m not sure whose idea this lack of traffic light was, but I sure hope it wasn’t a money issue. There is no price that can be put on the lives of our family, friends and neighbors who cross these dangerous intersections every day. I write this in hopes that someone can give me a logical explanation and answer to the question: Why does the bypass have only one red light?
In a recent publication of
, I believe the Sheriff warned us about phone scams. Recently at our home, we were enjoying our dinner when the phone rang. The person said that we were up for a $5,000 grant from the government and that they would deposit it into our account if we gave them the correct information. My way of dealing with this was to hang up. I sat back down and the phone rang again and my husband got up to answer. It was the same person I had previously hung up on.
My husband listened and let them keep going. He gave them fake accountnumbers and he said he could tell that when he gave those numbers that someone else picked up and began to listen, thereafterwas a disconnection. The phone rang again, the same people again. They told my husband that the money would be deposited in our account on the 18th and then a fee of $257 would be deducted as a handling charge. My husband then told them that he had given them false information and he hoped he took up as much of their time as they did his.These people cannot speak English very well and he even gave us a pretend name.
Everyone needs to take precautions on how much information they give out over the phone. The word is that telemarketers are going to have access to all of the cell phone numbers very soon. So, all of the teenagers who carry cell phones be aware that they could use your information for all kinds of things. Be careful who you tell your personal information to.
I would like to express my sympathy, respect and appreciation for a kind, loving husband and family I had met only once in Swainsboro, and yet, whose wife I had known all through my school years. A young, beautiful girl, so friendly and kind, with a smile and kind word for everyone at school. Just a ray of sunshine—Sing Powell Tomlinson.
When I first saw the one beautiful star (little candle light) in one lonely window, it really touched my heart and I thank Jesus Christ for the love I see displayed for this beautiful person I knew. Each day I drive into Swainsboro, I always look toward this home to see if the beautiful lights were in every window, because they seemed to be an outpouring of love from this home and family. Now, only one little star shines for the wonderful lady who has gone home to be with our Heavenly Father.
Thank you, Mr. Tomlinson and family, for showing the love you have for Sing, your home and community. May God bless each of you during this time of loss and thank you for this light that has touched and blessed my heart with memories of the beauty of Sing’s young life that I knew.
DOT R. JONES