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Letters to the Editor for June 18

Travesty

The entire design and implementation of the revamped Country Club intersection with Cascade is suspect — wait, not suspect — entirely flawed.

This utterly stupid redesign of the major access road for the entirety of the West Side needs voiding, temporary measures implemented to ensure safety this summer, and a logical solution (read stoplight). Period.

This is wasting a colossal amount of time waiting at a virtually impossible-to comprehend-or-navigate-at-busy-times intersection, wasting fuel while both sitting at idle and drag racing across the lane trying to get through that small window of opportunity and driving around the block to get to the darn intersection — not to mention how far back the stop line is — wasting money in burned fuel, lost time and wages, and more.

How about three road names for the same already winding road — try giving directions now; an oft-ignored speed limit; a remarkably bad transition to the old pavement; inconsistent curves; and the insurance increases due to the inevitable accident waiting to happen.

The added flow of traffic from the businesses only makes getting out to the highway or those businesses doubly difficult. Five-minute waits are already expected and summer is yet to come. Today, I just gave up as I waited behind a school bus awaiting a line of cars that would not stop.

Frankly, a number of people should lose their jobs — the engineers and firms that put this together foremost on that list. State overseers who denied a common-sense approach. Anyone down the line who approved this should be up for review. This entire project seems intent on favoring everyone except those who use this point of access daily: tourists, passers-by, and the freeway engineers.

And talk about short sighted. Why are there no dedicated bike roads? Why is this town not taking the steps to dedicate roads to non-motorized transportation? Imagine something so silly as kids riding bikes to school on safe, dedicated bike roads instead of buses! When they built this travesty, why was it not an integral part of the design? Why did it not include a bike lift for Country Club (and Hospital Hill and Rand and one or two others) too?

I want a stop light!

I want to get off of Country Club Road without harm as I try to get to town, I-84 or — I want my money back!

Dan Baxter

Hood River

Help the mentally ill

I don’t understand how taking guns away will stop senseless killings. Even if guns go away do you think it stops the mental illness? Do you think the mentally ill are going to say, “Oh, no guns; I’m cured.” No, they will find another way to kill.

What if it’s a car; can you imagine what a car could do? Do we ban cars? I don’t think you will give up your car.

I think education has started to save lives as was the case of the recent deaths at school; they knew how to react. Now how about education and help for the mentally ill? It’s an illness that’s killing people, so if you don’t address the real problem it will continue even if you ban guns, knives, cars whatever; they will find a way. So find a way to really help the mentally ill.

Jim Burdick

Parkdale

Traffic problems

I give the developer of the “DeeTour proposal” credit for trying to find a use for the old Dee Mill property, as it seems as though there are some tough questions that need to be answered.

In particular are the traffic issues on Highway 281: Currently, the intersection of Highway 281 and, I believe, Tucker Road, coming from Odell, leaves a something to be desired. If there is much traffic to or from Odell, it can be a problem getting on that road.

I don’t know what the answer is but adding more traffic to that particular stretch of road is not going to help.

Phil Lane

Parkdale

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