Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Letís play nice while merging on the highway

    Left brain, right brain. Two ways of thinking. Logical. Creative. Black and white. Yin Yang. Left lane. Right lane.
    The world would envy our commute from Hailey to Ketchum/Sun Valley every day as a scenic, enjoyable adventure surrounded by nature in all her glory. Our guests come here with that vision for sure. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case these days (albeit temporary) with the construction taking place on Highway 75 from East Fork north.
    Traffic backs up in the “logical” and polite left lane and the reckless right-brainers zip past them to the right with the wind in their hair and open highway beckoning them. A temporary high, but nonetheless freedom and the opportunity to get to work almost on time.
    The problem is the raging, seething stares and aggravation emanating from the left-lane residents who feel that sitting in traffic is the moral thing to do. Some have gone so far as to become “official blockers” to slow the flow to the right. Why? Is anyone breaking the law? Is it not more efficient and time saving to utilize both left and right lanes until the point of merging is appropriate when the sign spells it out for us just north of East Fork? Can we be a community that has the courtesy to takes turns every other car to merge lanes politely at that point so that we all arrive to our destination in a timely and safe manner?
    I gratefully left the big city stress to live and work in our little hamlet, yet perhaps we can take note from the city dwellers who deal with this challenge way more than we do.
    I personally choose the yin/yang effect that creates balance. Some days I am logical and often I am the creative one with a need for speed. Let’s play nice and treat traffic like a team sport. Please.
Therese Magner


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