Transportation is tip of iceberg
Do we really think the population of Douglas County does not need connections with the rest of the entire world? It requires traveling hundreds and thousands of miles to stay in touch with children, grandchildren, great-grand children, et. al.
Douglas County is more isolated from the world than Klamath Falls, which has a good airport and a major Amtrak station. So do Bend, Eugene, Coos Bay/North Bend and all the Amtrak stops, such as Albany and Chemult (only 150 people live there).
Even the Greyhound system doesn’t serve southern Douglas County and the Roseburg service is pitiful. Our interconnecting Umpqua Transit cannot fill the big-picture need.
At 82, I feel isolated from my own family. They cannot easily visit me without driving hundreds of miles. I’m seriously considering getting out of here to a place where at least an Amtrak station and an airport are nearby. As a former director of Seniors Escorting Seniors, I can tell you that for the elderly, Amtrak service is a blessing we can use when we’re really old and still want to be independent. Douglas County forces us to go to assisted living when we can no longer drive, or to depend on volunteers and the generosity of others. That’s not for me.
My son and grandson came from Virginia in June to visit the rest of the family in California. It’s a two-day round trip from California to see me or for me to see them.
No family visits to me — not because they don’t want to, they just can’t get here easily. Nor can I get to them. Why can’t the city of Roseburg and our commissioners work to make better long distance transportation services available for everyone in Roseburg and Douglas County?