Reader disagrees with Wilson’s female driver argument


Dear Editors and Ms. Wilson:

I thoroughly enjoy your newspaper. It provides great information about Carmel and surrounding cities and towns. I applaud you for having a diverse selection of articles and writers. You provide a forum for potential controversy, which can be a good thing if it promotes meaningful conversations about what’s happening in our area.

While reading the July 17th column by Danielle Wilson, I had some thoughts that I want to share.

Danielle, you speak about middle-aged female drivers. Hate to tell you this, but you are one. I understand why your white mini-van is dented. You make me very afraid to encounter one. I would advise you to not venture too far from Carmel. Your constant yelling, swearing, gesturing and honking could get you shot, or arrested for road rage. By the way, the left lane is not the “fast lane”; it is the passing lane. There is no such lane as the fast lane. The speed limit applies to all lanes. Also, please learn the difference between “aggressive” and defensive driving. “Aggressive” is what could get you shot or arrested. “Defensive” is what has kept me from avoiding your honking, gesturing and swearing. By the way, I bet you honk at people who don’t turn right on the red. That is an option, not a necessity. Once again, let me state, “ROAD RAGE.”

Danielle, I sincerely hope your children aren’t in the white dented mini-van while you are gesturing, swearing and swerving to avoid all those other middle-aged females. Do you realize what you are teaching them about driving? You’ll have teen drivers sooner than you think. Grow up and be a positive role model, not a “road rage mama.” Remember, Hamilton County cops love to ticket teen drivers! I’m glad, as it may keep them from getting in an accident that could hurt either them or this female driver.

To the Editors: Please, will you attempt to keep your writers from blaspheming. There is a difference between Anglo-Saxon swear words and blasphemy. I didn’t know that Jesus was a middle-aged female driving in Carmel. Oh, wait, Danielle was using that as an expletive. It is never necessary to use that language.

Now I say to you, since my generation invented the phrase, “Peace out.”

Becky Downey Hagarty

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