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November 4, 2013
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Letter: Roseburg pedestrians ask for safety line, not top of the line

Stephens St. needs crossing

The residents of northeast Stephens Street requested a crosswalk, or perhaps two, to make their lives easier and safer. The city officials’ response was nothing short of ambitious rhetorical and political contortions involving $50,000 for a crosswalk, with a safety island and flashing lights.

When pressed for transportation, it would be a nice gesture to be offered the use of an expensive Maserati, but if the offer isn’t forthcoming, a beat-up Yugo would suffice.

I feel the city is reluctant to address this project, possibly because nobody of means has been killed or injured crossing northeast Stephens. I’m sure many readers can recall the tragically horrible occurrence at the intersection of Garden Valley Road and Melrose Road prior to the realignment of that intersection.

The residents of northeast Stephens Street haven’t requested a Maserati. A beat-up Yugo would serve to make their lives easier and safer. Consider the legal protection of a crosswalk, as opposed to jay-walking.

This shouldn’t be much more costly than the outrageous and risible proposal to change the City of Roseburg’s logo.

Douglas Cluver


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