My wife and I have been frequent visitors to Apalach for somewhere around 20 years, and have seen commendable change – in the form of recycling old buildings as well as appropriate new construction, new restaurants, and so on – and are happy to compliment the city and its government. These developments have generally taken place without eroding the city’s historic charm. But we are sorry to say that we’ve noted a few government functions that don’t quite seem to be keeping up.

First, though it may seem nitpicking, there is some critical street signage around town that has been sitting in the Florida sun so long that it has faded near to illegibility. Bad enough when it’s a street name; OK, a tourist gets lost, but maybe they’ll find something better than what they were looking for! Stop signs are a little more critical: Yes, the familiar shape is a clue, but these signs depend upon bright red to grab our attention. Pale pastel doesn’t cut it.

A lot more important, though, and tougher to handle, is the speed that vehicles, including massive logging trucks, carry as they come into the east end of town off the slope of the bridge onto Market Street, one of the big shopping and dining venues, with pedestrians frequently crossing from one side to the other and cars backing semi-blind out of their diagonal parking places next to SUVs and pickups. Please give the tourists a sporting chance, both on humanitarian grounds and because they probably still have money to spend!

Bill and Carolyn Doying

Alexandria, Virginia