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home : letters : letters July 27, 2015


7/8/2014 12:17:00 PM
Letters to the Editor 07/09/2014

To the Editor:

This is to Ms. Linda Davis' response about Tollgate being surveyed (Letters to the Editor, July 2).

We live in Tollgate and we were NEVER asked or surveyed about whether we wanted a trail. I don't oppose the trail - just put it closer to Highway 20 and not closer to us.

Carin Baker

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To the Editor:

Kudos to Linda Davis for her excellent letter regarding bike trails to and from Sisters. She said just what many of us in Tollgate and Sisters feel, in a very succinct and clear manner.

I wanted to reply to Greg Werts in a letter to The Nugget, but Linda has said it perfectly.

I fervently hope that a paved trail between Sisters and Tollgate and on to Black Butte Ranch will be a reality in the near future. Some of us cannot wait too long, or we will not be able to use the trail.

Sue Edgerton

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To the Editor:

It worked for me! Jim Anderson wasn't kidding last week speaking of the "fearsome" pileated woodpecker decoy. After several weeks of annoying racket and about a half-dozen new holes in our cedar siding I asked Jim what I could do about it.

He said, "I have the answer" and loaned me the decoy, which I mounted near the new holes. After that I'm aware of only one visitor, who didn't hang around long. After five

or six days I removed it, then mixed wood putty with cayenne pepper and filled the openings.

It's over a month later now and the silence is golden. And thanks too to Don Rowe, the decoy's creator, for offering up this unique solution.

Frank Baldwin

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To the Editor:

Your commentary on World War I ("June 28, 1914: The day the world changed," The Nugget, June 26) was an exceptionally well-articulated summary of the cause, impact, and effect today of World War I. I'd be pleased if you would publish my compliment to you.

Dave Johnson

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To the Editor:

Thank you to The Nugget for publishing the honor roll to acknowledge our students' achievements. I'm amazed that there are so many students doing so well. At my last recollection, the graduating class was about 100.

In my counting the names listed, it appears that if you're in the top 70 percent of your graduating class you've made the list. What an achievement!

What does above 4.0 mean? Is it 4.0-6.0? Why not list the top 5 percent instead of above 4.0. Then the next 10 percent instead of 3.5-4.0?

I believe that the current method gives our students a false feeling of accomplishment. Let's be honest with our evaluation of our students based on their standing among their peers. If the system is too easy, then not enough information is being given in the classroom to challenge their learning

process.

If we as a community wish to embrace the quality of the education provided, there needs to be a real measurement of the level of learning. I challenge the schools to reevaluate how they announce to the community the level of learning here in Sisters.

Greg Stohl



Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, July 11, 2014
Article comment by: Carin Baker

Dear Editor: (letter to the Editor)
This was on the KTVZ.com website today (7/11/14)
VIEWS OF ROUNDABOUTS BY TRUCKERS:

"I remember Bend as three or five traffic signals through Third Street," said Ron Cholin, a truck driver with Stinger Transport.

Cholin has been driving trucks through Bend for decades, and one big change over those decades leaves him unimpressed.

"I haven't seen a roundabout yet that I liked," Cholin said.

He's seen the city grow, develop and morph into a roundabout mecca -- or what he calls a truck driver's nightmare.

"They're too small, they're a pain -- they are basically a stop sign for trucks," Cholin said.

We strapped a GoPro camera to the back of a truck to show how it navigates through a roundabout, this particular one at the Butler Market Road and Eighth Street intersection.

"My trailer tires were probably within three or four inches of the curb, and when I went around it to make the left-hand turn, the left tires on this side were within three or four inches from the curb in the center," said Gordon Radabaugh, another driver with Stinger Transport.

"I used up every square inch that they gave me right, there and I was crawling through there at 4 miles an hour," he said.

City street officials said they plan roundabouts with trucks in mind.

"We design them primarily for fire trucks and want to make sure they can get through there, and based on that, then we start designing for different truck types," said Nick Arnis, growth management director for the city.

Cholin agrees that the roundabout designs have come a long way from the original square curbs.

Still, he doesn't want to see more roundabouts pop up.

"I want to see a four-way stop sign or a stop light," Cholin said.

But city officials say through their research has shown roundabouts cut down significantly on the number of bad wrecks.

"You can reduce really serious crashes by 80 to 90 percent with a roundabout," Arnis said.

For both Cholin and the city, safety is the No. 1 priority. And they say drivers need to be cautious, alert and pay attention when driving through roundabouts.

"If you can't see their faces in the mirror or through the window, they can't see you. Try to stay out of the blind spots and give us some room," Cholin said.

Three roundabouts have been built in Bend over the past year, and work is just beginning on yet another.

The traffic circle at Southeast 15th and Reed Market should be complete by mid-November.

So my question is: were the truckers ever polled or asked about a roundabout in Sisters? With the huge amount of truck traffic, RV traffic and trailers going through Sisters it would seem more logical to put in 2 traffic lights. One at Barclay and one at Locust. And keep the truck route open for trucks to circumvent the downtown area. I, speaking for others too, do not want a roundabout. Period.




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