Letters to the Editor

Help put a stop to 'road diet' nonsense

In preparation for the imposition of the reduction of traffic lanes on Ashland's North Main Street from four to two, cutely referred to as a "road diet," construction will begin shortly to realign the intersection of North Main with Wimer and Hersey Streets. In a stunning example of bureaucrat-speak, referring to the upcoming construction, Ashland Engineering Services Manager Jim Olson stated that the resulting lane closures should not be used as a way to preview whether the "road diet" will cause traffic problems. "That wouldn't be a fair comparison. This will be a short channelization of traffic with construction going on."

"Short channelization?" Give us all a break! Narrowing traffic from two lanes to one will certainly result in backups and traffic delays whether caused by construction or caused by a dumb "road diet" idea cooked up by an expensive Portland consultant.

The intended purpose of the "diet" is to encourage bicycles. A four-hour traffic survey conducted by the consultant indicated about 4,000 car trips versus 67 bicycle trips on North Main. If bicycle riders don't like the main arterial into town, there are alternate routes. There is no justification for the vast majority of North Main travelers to be delayed and inconvenienced because some City Council members and members of the city administration are devoted bicyclists and have been sold a bill of goods by a Portland consultant. There is still time to put a stop to this nonsense. Call your City Council members and protest.

Don Stone


No good deed goes unpunished

The saying "no good deed goes unpunished" seems a reality for some — especially a local group that has dedicated itself to doing right by residents, for everyone's enjoyment, the benefit of the local economy and for valley youths.

I speak of Mt. Ashland, which (over the past 19 years) has provided healthy outdoor programs benefiting more than 23,000 of our youths, brought tourist dollars, provided jobs, and has been dependably generous to other organizations. This year the snow didn't fall as much, or as often, and high winds frequently made it impossible for the mountain to be open during its scheduled days, and so the mountain did its best to move forward.

Where two previous years ended in the black, this year was a shortfall of snow, a shortfall of skiable days, and a shortfall of revenue of $520,000. As the fiscal year ends on June 30, they will be $150,000 in the red because of this loss — an amount that must be raised to help keep this uniquely beneficial organization functioning in the key role it plays.

Please give; the continuing rewards of doing so should be self-evident, and the cost of not giving too great.

Edward J. Marchi


Watch Anne Root interview about JPR

I saw the interview with Anne Root who is on the board of the SOU Foundation. She states that Chancellor George Pernsteiner is trying to take over the assets of JPR. I urge everyone to watch the full interview and let Chancellor Pernsteiner know what you think of what he is doing. Watch this interview with Anne Root at www.kobi5.com. It also is posted on YouTube at http://bit.ly/MCeS3o. Please contact Chancellor George Pernsteiner at 541 346-5703 or george_pernsteiner@ous.edu to let him know what you think about what he is doing.

Laurie Nielsen


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