The May 31 letters to the editor are here.

Cars not stopping for buses
To the editor:

Once again I’ve watched my elementary children walk towards a stopped school bus, on Route 27 in Acton, and traffic in the other direction does not stop. I’ve called the Police Department before, a few times, and asked for some help with this issue. Their only suggestion was that I attempt to write down license plate numbers and to take pictures; however, these cars are going so fast that I have been unsuccessful. Right there, that should let you know what dangerous speeds these cars are traveling while children are trying to board the bus. This is a real hazard and it needs to be addressed. The problem is particularly dangerous during the early morning routes. The danger to the children is enormous. Couldn’t an occasional police car follow a school bus on Route 27 and note the number of cars that continue to not stop for the bus? Why wait for a tragic accident for corrective action?

Lisa Kelly
Wheeler Lane
Exhibit was collaborative effort
To the editor:

Thanks very much for your article last week, “Photographer Explores Autism” [Page 1 of the May 24 edition]. Your coverage helps to raise awareness about an important issue faced by our community and society as a whole.

Reading the article, however, I became concerned that readers might be left with the misimpression that the exhibit is the work of a single person. The Faces and Voices of Autism exhibit is a collaborative effort presented by May Institute and the National Autism Center. While I am proud to have contributed my photography to this exhibit, it was really just a small fraction of the effort needed to bring a show of this nature to the public. Without the commitment and leadership of these organizations and their dedicated staff, Faces and Voices of Autism could never have seen the light of day.

Just as important are the 18 families of the children who appear in the exhibition. Their willingness to share their incredibly moving stories transform a handful of photographs into an exhibition that provides a unique glimpse into the lives of these remarkable children.

Thanks again for helping to bring this important subject to the attention of our community!

Andrew Child

Andrew Child Photography

Compromise of sidewalk plan
To the editor:

I believe that many people would be delighted to have a sidewalk on Route 27 from Post Office Square to 2A/27 if a compromise could be worked out that would allow for the sidewalk to meander around the largest most significant trees. This would reduce the number of trees removed and create a more aesthetic appearance for the rural looking roadway.  

It would not only preserve more trees, be more in keeping with rural character which the town wishes to protect as per the Town of Acton Master Plan and Town of Acton Open Space and Recreation Plan, but it would also be more advantageous from a traffic calming perspective. 

One of the concerns of clear cutting a straight swath along the side of the road is that the wide open look would encourage faster speeds and further discourage walking.

Removing fewer trees should help to offset some of the increased cost for creating a marginally longer sidewalk and marginally extra time plowing. If necessary, funds should be raised to offset any further extra costs for protecting what remains of Acton’s rural character.

Susan Mitchell-Hardt
Pope Road