Letter to the Editor

Several positives

Monday, February 18, 2019

I must admit, this week it was difficult coming up with a topic for discussion. Look at all the choices: the wonderful world of California's Gavin Newsom; late term abortions; human composting; how to fix "the Bottle Bill"; the Green New Deal; the scourge of pornography; and the list could go on and on. Instead of focusing on these and other less than honorable aspects of our current state of being, let's go with several positives that were greatly enjoyed.

The last bitter cold Saturday we had, Spencer Main Street's "Be Mine Chocolate Walk" was a big hit. Much gratitude goes out to Nancy Naeve and her cupid co-workers. She could just as easily dubbed it the "Walk a Lot For Chocolate," but the goodies at each business downtown made the trek up and down Grand Avenue truly worthwhile. Then there was Valentine's Day. I especially enjoyed the singers from Iowa Lakes Community College. With a bit of finagling, they showed up at Spencer Middle School and sang several love songs to a very surprised young lady. Well, young at heart, for sure. Brett Fuelberth does a great job here in Spencer and throughout the area conducting his mobile troubadours. Thanks, guys, you truly surprised her, and you arrived exactly on time!

Finally, I'm happy to report that the first Eggs and Issues dealt with a subject that has become a pet peeve of mine. The Iowa DOT and our legislators would like motorists to move over a lane when we notice a disabled vehicle on the shoulder of the roadway. If there are multiple lanes, it makes it easier when all of the drivers converging on the scene cooperate. It gets down to a simple modification of the familiar "Keep Right Except to Pass" proviso we learned early in our driving experiences. When traveling on roads such as I-29, or I-80, motorists are to use the left lane(s) for passing or moving over to avoid running into a motorist who has encountered some difficulty. The problem (and hence, my peeve) is the driver who insists on staying in the "fast lane." Even after they are safely past the problem on the right shoulder, they stay merrily oblivious to the traffic following them. All they need to do is move back to the right. Simple concept, you'd think. Please, if this is you, reread the beginning of page 38, in the Iowa Driver's Manual. Under the heading "Which Lane is Best," it clearly states "It is best to drive on the right and pass on the left." That should do it. Not difficult at all. We can do this, OK?

Bill Kersting, Spencer