26 November/December 2013 |
Back in 1992, I moved my business from
D.C. to the intersection of routes 95 and 198.
My commute from Rockville—down 270,
across 495, up 95—was short, time-wise,
about 25 minutes, but stressful and subject to
unpredictable delays. I retired in 2001, long
before the Intercounty Connector (ICC) that
I dreamed would take me door to door.
I recently went back to work part time
near BWI and now drive the ICC two days
a week. My trip is about five minutes longer
than if I took my old route early on a Sunday
morning. However, it’s always stress-free.
That’s more important than the time at my
age and well worth the over-the-top fees.
Eugene L. Meyer wrote an extremely accurate history and analysis of the road (“The Road
Less Traveled,” September/October 2013). The
ICC should be part of the outer Beltway, but
that is another fight. If Maryland really wanted
to relieve stress on the Beltway, it would reduce
the tolls for box trucks and semis.
Perhaps the writer of your article about
the ICC lives too far from the road to take
advantage of its wonders. But I live in North
Potomac, and I love the road. It has eliminated
the need to take crazy “back routes” to get to
BWI and Baltimore. It takes me 10 minutes
to get to Olney, when before it took 30 to 45
minutes. I use the ICC to go to Silver Spring
and Columbia, too. I gladly pay the toll rather
than be stuck in I- 270 and Beltway traffic.
In Defense of Cliques
I read with interest your various articles on
high schools and cliques (“High School Forever” and “Right Clique,” September/October 2013). However, the approach did seem to
be from the point of view of those outside of
groups. Many articles these days seem to imply
that any individual has the right to associate
with anyone they choose and, conversely, that a
person has no right to reject an offer of friendship. That’s not true. Any relationship depends
on mutuality, and no one has the right to force
a relationship on another.
Author Deborah Tannen notes that there is
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