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Mailbag: After a near miss, a plea to drivers

February 09, 2011

I am writing this letter to ask Huntington Beach residents to be better drivers and better people.

Last Sunday, I dropped my teenage son's friend off on Sher Lane, next to the stop sign, where pedestrians are supposed to cross. We waited in the car to watch him cross the street to go home. There were no cars close by, so he began to cross.

As he approached the middle of the street, a woman in a large SUV rolled up to the stop sign. She was two feet past the stop sign when her car slowed. My son's friend hesitated; then, thinking, as we all did, that she would complete her stop, he proceeded. To our horror, the woman hit the gas and lurched forward as he was in front of her. She would have struck him had he not been just far enough in front of her, and had he not been so quick to leap to safety.

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The woman finally saw him as he flew past her windshield and immediately honked angrily at him and yelled something, adding insult to the near injury.

As for me, thinking that if I dropped the boy off at the proper place, by a stop sign, waited till no cars were around and watched to see him cross the street to get home, he would be safe — that was dumb.

As for the woman, not stopping at a stop sign and not looking carefully at night — that was bad driving.

Honking and cursing at a young man who did nothing wrong — unforgivable. This woman obviously had children. I have no reason that such a person will realize the error of her actions. I can only ask others: Please, everyone, remember that the person sharing the road with you is someone's son, brother or family member. They could just as well be yours.

Please drive safely and courteously.

Robyn Boydston

Huntington Beach

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Skate park means safe city

Regarding "Developer challenges skate plans," Jan. 27:

It's about time! As a mom of two boys who love to skate, I think H.B. kids deserve a safe spot to skateboard. These kids are not "allowed to skate" at most places in the city, and are issued tickets if they do. I want a Vans skate park, and so do all the parents who have kids that skate. If you provide a safe place for them to do something they love, it's all good. It keeps them in one spot, wearing helmets and off the streets, which is good for parents, kids and the city.

Betty Flynn

Huntington Beach

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Move panels for community's sake

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