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EDITORIAL/Autonomous Vehicles? Are you comfortable sharing the road with driverless cars, trucks?

September 7, 2023 at 10:00 p.m.

Arkansas-based Tyson Foods announced this week a pilot program using driverless refrigerated trucks to deliver meat in Rogers and Springdale areas.

For now, the trucks will reportedly have a human driver in the cab in case anything goes wrong.

Driverless vehicles are in limited use around the country and the world. Most have human backup drivers for safety reasons. But in a few places completely autonomous vehicles are already on the road offering taxi service or commercial deliveries within a limited range.

Development continues and no doubt we will see more driverless vehicles in the future. And they will increasingly be used over longer distances. But some worry about the safety of such vehicles.

We want to know what you think. Are you comfortable sharing the road with driverless vehicles? Or are you against allowing them on public roads and highways?

Send your response (50 words maximum) to [email protected] by Wednesday, September 13. You can also mail your response to the Texarkana Gazette Friday Poll, at P.O. Box 621, Texarkana, TX 75504 or drop it off at our office, 101 E. Broad St, Texarkana, Ark. Be sure to include your name, address and phone number. We will print as many responses as we can in next Friday's paper.

Last Week: Fowl Play?

Last week's question was about the Texas-side City Council considering allowing residents to keep chickens within the city limits.. Are you in favor of allowing city residents to keep hens on their property? Or are you opposed?

Opposed, we have city guidelines for all to obey, so why change them for the few. Suppose, someone wants to have goats in their backyard, because they give milk and eats the grass (which is more ecologically sound). If you want to have farm animals live on a farm, I live in the city. Maybe the citizens need to vote these issues. -- R.K., Texarkana, Texas

Thumbs up for chickens. -- T.W., Texarkana, Texas

Please do not pass this city code to allow chickens to be within the city limits! I know of at least one family who is doing this already, and there would be no peace if they were your next door neighbors. There is a constant clucking sound, and it would be abused if someone got a rooster. I have my own alarm clock -- I do NOT need your chickens to do it for me. Please show some sense and do not pass this. Neighbors dogs are bad enough. Let's not add chickens, please! -- L.M., Texarkana, Texas


- No , they will attract rats and other varmints.

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