Once again we had a point come to mind as we were driving in the on-again, off-again rain on Saturday (and we’re a little sorry we have to keep bringing this up).

When you turn your wipers on you should – per state law – turn on your headlights. Travelling through the constructions areas north and south of Clinton, or on the various twisty by-ways throughout the county make the logic of this obvious. Yet so many (not you, dear reader, but those other people) fail to accomplish this simple throw of the switch.

Just turn your lights on, it’s safer.

Speed limits

A public comment at the last Clinton City Council meeting contained an intriguing suggestion.

The 45 mph speed limit from Choctaw to south Clinton on Highway 65, where lanes are blocked off due to construction, should remain at 45 once construction is completed, the commenter declared. The commenter went on to say that the speed limit from the hospital out to Highway 16, through Clinton, should be 35 mph.

Lots to think about here.

First, and to us the most obvious hurdle, is to see what the state highway department will allow. Contrary to popular perception, it’s not just a matter of putting up new signs along a state-funded highway. These people take traffic flow seriously and may (may) have a different opinion than anything we bring up.

Second, well, to be fair, the 45 thing once you’re coming up the hill into Clinton is not without merit. We, running late on press missions as we so often are, would not be crazy about having to knock the speed off, but we will admit the current construction-limited 45 mph is not exactly the end of the world. And we’re sure anyone who lives down that way wouldn’t mind slower traffic as they pull out onto the what will be five-lane.

Third, the 35 mph thing? Ah, we’re not going to say it can’t be justified. What we are going to say is from there it’s just a matter of time before Clinton’s being investigated for violation of the state speed-trap statute. We think – if you’ll allow us an inside metaphor here – that may be a bridge too far. Plus, in all frankness, we don’t want to be compelled to drive at 35 mph on a five-lane through town.

We are not, however, so locked down on this where we can’t be persuaded one way or the other.

Ah, Spring

Lots going on throughout the county, here as the weather warms up and people get to moving around more. The good news is winter is behind us, the bad news is the season of pollen is upon us (and our cars, and the streets, and so forth). Ah-choo!

Matthew 20: 20-34 (NIV)

A Mother’s Request

20 Then the mother of Zebedee’s sons came to Jesus with her sons and, kneeling down, asked a favor of him.

21 “What is it you want?” he asked.

She said, “Grant that one of these two sons of mine may sit at your right and the other at your left in your kingdom.”

22 “You don’t know what you are asking,” Jesus said to them. “Can you drink the cup I am going to drink?”

“We can,” they answered.

23 Jesus said to them, “You will indeed drink from my cup, but to sit at my right or left is not for me to grant. These places belong to those for whom they have been prepared by my Father.”

24 When the ten heard about this, they were indignant with the two brothers. 25 Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. 26 Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, 27 and whoever wants to be first must be your slave— 28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Two Blind Men Receive Sight

29 As Jesus and his disciples were leaving Jericho, a large crowd followed him. 30 Two blind men were sitting by the roadside, and when they heard that Jesus was going by, they shouted, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!”

31 The crowd rebuked them and told them to be quiet, but they shouted all the louder, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!”

32 Jesus stopped and called them. “What do you want me to do for you?”he asked.

33 “Lord,” they answered, “we want our sight.”

34 Jesus had compassion on them and touched their eyes. Immediately they received their sight and followed him.