Regarding the driver who struck and killed a mama duck on Steptoe Street in Richland around 3:45 p.m. June 26, I hope whatever event he was rushing to was worth it. He left 7-9 orphaned ducklings panicked in the middle of a busy street.
There was no way he could have missed that she was trying to lead her brood but whatever he was doing must have been so important that he had to get there at any cost.
I did what I could by stopping my car to allow the ducklings to pass in front of me (there was no one behind me at the time). I stayed there to ensure that they got safely across the two lanes of traffic going in the opposite direction, only to have another driver clearly intent on her own affairs narrowly miss running over two of them in front of my eyes.
When it was safe, I turned my car around and drove by twice to see if I could locate the ducklings but they had already disappeared. I don't hold out much hope for their survival.
You may think, "What's the big deal? It's just ducks!" But to me it's a sign of a bigger problem -- the tendency we all seem to have to think that our own agendas trump everything and everyone. I'll let you in on a little secret; they don't.
Lisa Richwine, Kennewick