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May 15, 2013
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Letter: Save the Stewart Parkway S curves in Roseburg

Don’t iron out the S curves

Why must life’s trips always be neat, tidy and in a direct line from points A to B? I don’t see any need for spending nearly $3 million to straighten S curves on Stewart Parkway. Are they a hazard? Have there been many accidents there?

In reality, they cause motorists to slow down and enjoy the scenery. After all, they’re along a “parkway,” right? Any safety or drainage issues there can be mitigated with signage, culverts and water diversions.

Life follows circuitous paths, and our S curves actually provide welcome variety and enjoyment to an otherwise mundane journey. So let’s encourage the city to take that $3 million and help the homeless, poor and hungry, instead. The bends and twists of their meandering lives deserve our attention and funding before we allocate that kind of money to an over-engineered realignment of a few curves in the road.

To date, the city hasn’t decided whether to renew its $20,000 support to the Casa de Belen teen homeless shelter. Perhaps we also need to petition the Legislature, so that state gas taxes can be used for higher priority societal needs than road straightening.

Joe Ross


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