Police presence should be a blessing

To the Editor:

Complaints about the significant police presence in Maggie Valley, I think, are highly exaggerated. In the 10-plus years we've been visiting Maggie Valley we have not been overly aware of that presence, much less pulled over. This new knowledge most certainly will not deter future visits to Maggie.

To witness the opposite sketch, visit Dillsboro, where police are a rarity. The speed limit through Dillsboro is 20 mph.

The only time a driver might slow to 20 is driving through one of the half-dozen stop signs. Maggie Valley residents are most fortunate.

David Snell


The Naturalist's Corner

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