First I would like to applaud Rep. Wayne Cooper. Because of his diligence and caring for his constituents, he arranged for a public meeting with MoDOT and local residents.


First I would like to applaud Rep. Wayne Cooper. Because of his diligence and caring for his constituents, he arranged for a public meeting with MoDOT and local residents. 
I also commend our commissioners, highway patrol, local law enforcement and county road supervisor for attending this meeting. And I thank MoDOT for listening.  
This meeting was held at Mid-County Fire Protection in Camdenton, on Thursday, Aug. 21,  and notice was published in the Lake Sun.
Now here comes the irritation to no end –   there was no one there representing the public.  Highway 54 through Linn Creek affects every one in the area besides the thousands that just travel through. 
Do you understand what I am saying? The outcome of this meeting will touch every one of us.  Yet, I guess,  less than 50 people attended and of these 50 only about eight or nine were vocal. 
Let me say I am sympathetic to the families of the ones in the accidents and I know many lives are hurting because of them. 
So don’t be jumping to conclusions that I am selfish or uncaring. But as I see this problem, not a one of these accidents are the fault of east/west 54 drivers. 
All of the accidents are the result of “failure to yield” from side roads.  Impatience and/or distraction is to blame, not an excessive rate of speed on Hwy 54.
I, for one, do not want a 55 mph speed limit from Camdenton to Route A.  This highway is designed to keep traffic moving safely at the posted speed limit of 65.
Do you really think slowing traffic to 55 will keep drivers from pulling out in front of the Hwy 54 traffic?
I think not; in fact there will more than likely be an increase in accidents due to a false sense of security in side road traffic knowing the main artery is now traveling slower.
 MoDOT has several ideas to help with the problem. 
I like the idea of more on/off ramps. But not lowering the speed limit to 55. 
All this will do is help fill the coffers of Linn Creek. Why not look at the real problem and that is of careless drivers not yielding to oncoming traffic. 
Show some patience or drive like hell and you will get there.  I think every one is afraid to say what the real problem is and would rather point the finger at some one else and unfortunately MoDOT is getting the finger. (Oops, no pun intended).
I would like this opportunity to urge all citizens to take part in this and voice their concern. Please do not let eight or nine vocal people change all of our lives forever. 
Rep. Cooper and MoDOT would like all of our input, not just a vocal few.  I think this is what is called the “silent majority”. 
Don’t be a part of that, stand up and be counted (and heard).  We have been silent too long, we kept quiet while a few did away with Christmas. We kept quiet while a few did away with the Ten Commandments. We kept quiet while a few did away with prayer. We kept quiet while a few did away with “In God We Trust”.  
Please make your thoughts heard or we will all have to slow down for the few that refuse to stop.
 Every one that drives on Highway 54, you need to make your voice heard!
Kerry Daniels
Camdenton
Editor’s note: The Missouri Department of Transportation encourges residents comments on its “customer service line” at 1-888 ASK MODOT (1-888 275 6636) or through the Web page at www.modot.mo.gov. If you click the contact us button (the one with the phone number), it will take you to a form that will let you submit your written comments.