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A Letter to the Mayor of Adel

The town of Adel has many problems that our mayor should her about.

Dear Mr. Peters,

The town of Adel has grown significantly over the past couple of years, and there has been a lot of good that has come out of that. Unfortunately, people still have problems, so to show you what problems the high school students and teachers of Adel have I am writing this letter.

In my opinion, one of the biggest problems with Adel is the way the roads are set up. The road conditions are fine, but the traffic is awful. I have waited 15 minutes in the middle of town before. We may be big but waiting 15 minutes at a stop light is almost as bad as Des Moines rush hour traffic. The fact that we have similar traffic to a town with over 200,000 people when we have a little over 6,000 is insane.

Also, the parking lots in this town are atrocious. All of them are way too small for the number of people who live here. Two examples of these awful parking lots are Fareway, which is so small that even backing up is a chore, and Subway. These parking lots are all in the middle of town so the traffic just gets worse and worse because when people need to go grocery shopping they all go straight into the middle of town. The Casey’s at the end of town seems like it was built there to help traffic, but the previous Casey’s is still there meaning that the traffic in the middle of town does not change. Casey’s has two locations that you can get to just by driving straight for ten seconds. Why did we need a second Casey’s that close to the original when we could have had anything else? We need more stoplights and intersections in this town to help with the flow of traffic, and I am not the only person who feels this way.

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Sophomore Miller Banse dislikes the roads of this town too, but for a different reason.

Banse said, “The brick roads in this town are hard for new drivers, and I don’t think they are durable enough because they feel like they have potholes.”

Another big problem with Adel is the lack of places to go inside the town. Many people who do not have a license dislike living in Adel because whenever they have free time they have nowhere to go outside of their house.

Freshman Darraia McHugh said, “I hate coffee and it seems like the only places to hang out here are coffee places so whenever I want to leave my house I have to ask for a ride.”

The younger side of Adel is not the only people who have this problem. Even people who can drive dislike the places in Adel.

Junior Brian Sandblom said, “I hate having to leave town to spend time with my friends, and since gas prices are so high, I have to plan out every detail when I am going out.”

Adel may not have big problems, but it still has problems that I feel need to be addressed because a large group of people living here are having a hard time getting around.

Thank you for reading my proposal.

Mason Willms

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