, Corbin, KY


August 3, 2012

It’s just a little delay

CORBIN — A few days ago, a friend of mine was complaining loud and long about how traffic has already picked up on the roads in anticipation of the upcoming school year.

Unless your daily drive to work takes you outside a school route, let’s face it, your summer’s relaxing daily commute is about to come to an end.

Notice I didn’t say school BUS route. What I said — and meant — was SCHOOL route. If your daily commute takes you within a mile of any school as the crow flies — or not — you’re going to be caught in long traffic delays, or even worse, detours, because of the school buses and the long lines of parents dropping off or picking up their kids. I didn’t say BUS route because that annoyance stands on its own.

I had to agree with my friend to a point. I used to live on 5th Street Road, long before Corbin Primary was built half a mile down the road. The worst traffic annoyance I dealt with before the school’s addition was the fact that we lived on a blind drive, and occasionally a stray “owner” of 5th Street Road would come flying over the hill trying to broadside me before I could make the turn into or out of our driveway.

All that changed once the school was erected. I literally had to quit using the lower part of our driveway because the morning school traffic, which began at 7:30 a.m. and ended at 8:05 a.m., came barreling over the hill non-stop. It wasn’t unusual to have to sit through three to five minutes of straight traffic — understand that included traffic to and from town — before I could even pull out onto the highway. Even then, I had to jump hard and fast because the next wave of traffic was nipping at my heals.

Hmm, note to myself... find out whose great idea it was to change the highway’s name from 5th Street to 5th Street Road once it changes from a one-way to a two-way leaving town. Seriously, which is it, a street or a road?

Back to the business at hand.

I have to admit, when I went house hunting, traffic flow to and from town was a real issue with me.

Even today, I still get stuck behind the occasional afternoon bus trying to drop off its kids along the route. But hey, I know the school’s schedule. Everyone with a car knows the school’s schedule.

There’s no need to get upset. If you head out and get stuck following a school bus, you can’t blame the bus driver, he — like you— has a job to do. This one’s all on you. You knew better, and could have avoided the route. It was your choice not to.

All right already, get to the moral of the story — as if there always has to be a moral to every story.

Well... this time there is.

School buses, like the postman and the garbage truck (ick!), have to follow the same route at the same time every day. Schools open and close at the same time every day. Nothing anyone can do is going to change that. However, there is something the rest of us can do to make our lives easier — and less stressful — during the school year. We can change our schedules slightly to avoid getting stuck behind a school bus or stuck in school traffic lines.

So, why should we have to accommodate the buses and schools? Simple. For a brief period of time they’re taking care of the most precious gifts God ever gave to us, our kids. And just in case some of us may have forgotten, these kids are our future and our hope for the future.

If you look at it that way, a little delay isn’t really that big a deal, is it?

Besides, summer vacation’s only 10 months away.

Bobbie Poynter is the community editor of the Times-Tribune. You can reach her at

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