To the editor of THE EAGLE:

Aren't we taught at an early age not to get into a car with a stranger? While I wish the world were different, I can't get over the mental hurdle of getting into a strange car or letting a stranger into mine -- I don't care about getting 50 cents per mile -- even here in our Berkshires. The casual nature of both the idea and the reporting here leave much to be desired ("$haring a ride with a stranger," Eagle, June 2).

However, a slightly safer local effort is already in place on Facebook. The Berkshire-Wassaic page helps travelers find shared rides between the Berkshires and Metro-North's Wassaic station. Participation in the group requires acceptance by a pre-existing member so there is some modest level of screening at work. It's not perfect but it's a start toward cooperative driving.

Perhaps a similar solution using social media connections and common sense screening can expand carpool options.

Meanwhile, don't get into a stranger's car, Mr. Elitzer.

ELLEN LAHR

Great Barrington


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