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home : letters : letters May 25, 2016


7/2/2013 2:03:00 PM
Letters to the Editor 07/03/2013

To the Editor:

Thank you for your lovely article about David Hewitt and his venture into retirement. Our family was fortunate enough to have "Mr. Hewitt" (as he's known to the children) as an educational influence for four years. It was a difficult time for our family, as we were going through many personal struggles. In that time, we could always count on Mr. Hewitt to brighten our day with a good story, a joke, or a kind word.

When my son went to middle school, I asked if he would consider transferring, as my son enjoyed his class so much. He lightly replied, "Oh no, I'm allergic to middle school!"

He always had wonderful answers for the impossible questions, no matter what they were. His class was a perfect mixture of fun, discipline, and learning - a rare find in any school, let alone with a school in a town as small as Sisters.

Mr. Hewitt was highly reputable and well-loved as a teacher, and the teaching community has lost a major presence in his leaving. We will miss you around the school, Mr. Hewitt, but at the same time, we wish you all of the best in your retirement endeavors. Take care!

Michelle Barnes

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To the Editor:

Hi, my name is Brianna. I am 12 years old. I heard that Sisters was getting money and using it on restoring the roads and sidewalks. I think that is great, but we already have those. We should use it on stuff that is needed and would be appreciated by a lot of people. I think we should use it on a dog park. For one, Sisters has a lot of dogs, and there is nowhere we can run our dogs without a leash. Also, it is a great way to socialize your dogs.

Please consider my suggestion.

Brianna Patton

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To the Editor:

I'm writing in regards to Main Avenue. I live on Main Avenue on the corner of Ash Street. I have seen so many people driving twice the speed limit constantly plus some.

In time, someone will lose a life because of this.

Retiring in 2007, I left my home to tow a wrecked vehicle to Bend. As I left, I was doing less than the speed limit and only going a half block, I saw over the front of my hood blonde hair. A young girl ran in front of my truck from between parked cars. Since then I have thanked God over and over that I did not run over her. One second sooner and I would have.

Being in the towing business for almost 30 years I've seen what a vehicle can do to a person and it's very unpleasant. Even if you're doing the speed limit of 20 mph, someone could be killed or injured very

badly.

First off, I would recommend the City of Sisters use bold signs, color them black and gold; more noticeable than the ones they have now.

Another issue: the sheriff's department does not patrol Main Avenue like they should. You very seldom see them. They should get a grant for patrolmen and not focus on another jail.

I hope more people respond to this problem before a tragedy happens.

Ray Bowlin

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To the Editor:

While hiking on the Park Meadows trail in the Three Sisters Wilderness this past Sunday, I was approached by three men on motorbikes. I informed them that it was illegal to be riding motorized vehicles on the trail.

One of the riders retorted there was no signage supporting my assertion. I told him, signage or no, he should strive to stay informed about where he was driving and the regulations thereto. His reply (verbatim): "I know exactly where I am. It's intentional."

As motorbikes don't require license plates, these three violators could easily hide behind the anonymity provided by their visor-equipped helmets to preclude my reporting their identities to the authorities.

If anyone knows the identities of these three willful lawbreakers (they revealed they had started their ride in Sisters on Sunday), please call the National Forest Service ranger station in Sisters (tel. 541-549-7700) to report them.

Also, please call State Senator Ted Ferrioli (503-986-1950) and State Rep. John Huffman (503-986-1459) and urge them to sponsor legislation requiring all off-road vehicles in Oregon (with exclusions for lawnmowers fitted with seats and such) to have license plates. Only when their anonymity is no longer assured will insensitive and irresponsible recreationists stop destroying our precious national resources.

Michael Cooper

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To the Editor:

Regarding the paved trail to Black Butte. I have a question: What drives you to bring "big city paved everywhere" to the beautiful, perfect, natural forest floor?

Take another vote from another special-interest group, the residences of Sisters, who sees Sisters as still a small town. I ask you this, when does it not be a small town anymore? Do you see Sisters as a big city someday? If this is where you want to take the town of Sisters, then by all means, pave away. Or not.

Linda Peck

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To the Editor:

Regarding the proposed Tollgate to Black Butte Ranch paved trail, the following can be found in the USFS Environmental Assessment (EA) released on May 3, 2013:

The project, if funded, will be paid for by grants from ODOT. The Sisters Ranger District and the Sisters Trails Alliance, as co-sponsors, will provide 10.27 percent in matching funds. Ongoing maintenance is not covered by grants. The STA has accepted responsibility for maintenance but it is not a legal entity and cannot be held responsible should the trail be poorly maintained due to a lack of funding.

NO existing Forest Service roads will be used in the development of this trail. The trail will require an entirely new clearing that would be "no less than 20 feet in width, which could increase to about 40-60 feet, and would result in a ground disturbance of about 19 acres," (EA p.16). That's a lot of habitat permanently lost, including old-growth forest near BBR.

The negative effects on wildlife include habitat loss, fragmentation and effectiveness (the ability of habitat to support wildlife), reduced nest success, and spread of animal and plant species. (EA p.56). The trail will go through an established elk/mule deer migration area. (EA p.58) and may increase the risk of elk/mule deer injury and mortality on Highway 20. (EA p.74). People and bikes can act to spread invasive plant seeds impacting native plants.

(EA p. 88).

I have a copy of one of three grant applications to fund the proposed paved trails; $826,000 for 2.11 miles connecting Crossroads, Tollgate and Sisters; BBR is NOT included. Tollgate to BBR is much longer and would cost at least $1,800,000 based on the USFS estimate for 2.11 miles. That's a lot of money for a trail that's expected to have low usage.

(EA p. 17).

Greg Werts

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To the Editor:

Paved bike path. I have lived here for 36 years. I'm sorry, Phyllis Lewis. I say no to the paved path. I have seen the Forest Service close down a lot of logging roads. They say damage, well I don't agree with that.

You're sitting there saying nothing will be disturbed. You are wrong on that part. I have been out there hunting for years, they already have trees marked to cut down. So you tell me how there will be no damage? It takes equipment to do the work.

Second, you people have enough bike and hiking paths. As for bike safety on the highway there are a lot of new laws coming for that. Also, $1 million comes from

somewhere.

So I say no again to the paved path; waste of money.

John Adams









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