Forum, Oct. 11: West Wheelock Signal Is Too Much

Wednesday, October 10, 2018
West Wheelock Signal Is Too Much

Is there a dangerous intersection on West Wheelock Street, as Bill Young told the Hanover Planning Board in its review of the Thayer parking garage? If there was one, then it would have been signalized long since, either at the behest of the town or the state.

The reverse seems to be true, that the garage will create a problem requiring a signal in an area where traffic now flows freely. Further, if drivers will be encouraged to use a re-opened Tuck Drive, then isn’t there less traffic on West Wheelock to begin with?

That being the case, a dedicated left-turn lane to the garage seems adequate. If morning commuters from the Norwich side of the Ledyard Bridge find it hard to use, then they will revert to Tuck Drive.

There are also unintended consequences. A light at West Street encourages South and West streets to become a bypass to avoid the Inn corner on the way to the bridge. Is that what my old neighborhood wants?

All in all, while the Thayer expansion is to be celebrated, the signalizing of West Wheelock is asking too much of the traveling public.

Dick Mackay


Failing the Interview

Imagine you are applying for a job. It’s an important job at a well-respected and nationally known company. It is a job that requires a high degree of judgment, diplomacy, clarity and integrity. It’s a job you have trained for, prepared for, and it’s a job you want very, very badly.

You have been interviewed at various levels in the company, and now you are sitting for your final conversation with a panel made up of the most senior people in the company. This is your big chance.

So how will you handle yourself in this setting? Will you become angry at the way the interview is going and shout at the panel? Will you interrupt the interrogators, talk over them, answer sarcastically, or refuse to answer their questions at all? Will you be evasive and will you frame your answers in a way that attempts to mislead and to deflect the panel from the truth? Will you cry? Will you make statements that malign half of the customer base of the company?

Not if you want to continue to be taken seriously as a candidate for this position.

And if you did conduct yourself this way, no matter how promising your resume had seemed, surely the interview panel would thank you for your time and show you the door. In the post-mortem, members of the interview panel would undoubtedly make liberal use of the word “temperament.”

I happen to be a shareholder in the company that hired Brett Kavanaugh for an important job last week. I was concerned that we have the right person for this job, and I expected that the interview conducted by my “proxies” (the Senate Judiciary Committee) would make clear that the top candidate had the temperament I expected him to have. Nothing in Kavanagh’s conduct at this final interview was in the least reassuring. Specific accusations aside, legal philosophy aside, political preference aside, in the context of any job interview anywhere, this candidate failed.

Susan White


Pictures Perfect

Concerning the two photographs on Page One of the Sept. 28 Valley News I say: The two witnesses before the Senate Judiciary Committee made their own beds. The Valley News allowed them to lie in them — on the front page. Thank you.

Gaal Crowl

North Pomfret

Incredibly, Someone Noticed

The Mercury News editorial you shared (“A Painful Reminder: High Court Hearing Reveals Our Failure,” Oct. 2) assured us that professor Christine Blasey Ford’s “agonizing testimony was not only credible but believable.”

That (presumably) at least two editors read this and didn’t flinch (and grab a red pencil or hit a delete button) leaves me, frankly, incredulous.

“Credible” and “believable” mean the exact same thing.

Maybe you do this to see who’s noticing?

Corlan Johnson