September 24, 2003 11:00 pm

Put up crossing signs

To the Editor:

I have lived on Cove Avenue for 20 years. I cross three to four times daily to the senior center and the shopping destinations beyond.

Last Monday I was starting to cross when one woman heading west stopped while the other driver heading east sped up even though I was in the crosswalk, about half way across. The two cars behind him didn't stop either.

Many senior residents and Willow School-area children cross on Cove Avenue daily. Cove Avenue is a busy main route without stop signs for several blocks (and almost no corner-to-corner crossing opportunities). Drivers along this corridor frequently abuse the speed limit.

I and my neighbor, Mary Osterloh, 2204 Cove Ave., would like to see some pedestrian crossing signs put up and have the crosswalks painted and sealed for long term use. We hope this letter will start positive action so the residents can be safer when crossing.

Genia Smith

2212 Cove Ave.

Split speeds make no sense

To the Editor:

Why in the world should truckers be penalized with a lower speed limit as opposed to the rest of the motoring public?

If it was left as to who really owned the roads by what they pay to use them, it would be the trucker hands down. Trucking safety has come a long way over the years. Present day trucks actually cruise and get their best mileage well above 55 mph and can easily handle a higher speed limit. So can the professional experienced driver.

It's time for this industry to stop kowtowing to special interests and political action committees and stand up for itself in the halls of power with whoever would want to regulate the already most regulated industry in this country. Split speed limits do nothing but keep me in your way and you running into the back of me.

Believe me America, keeping unegalitarian speed limit laws on the books is not going to get you any friends with anyone who drives a truck for a living.

If anything, it is going to put myself and 3 million other drivers in the position of staying in your way just to prove the point and I suggest we start doing so!

Randall Driskell

La Grande

Fair game for cougar

To the Editor:

How nice it is if you are a bow hunter. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, after years of discriminating against archers has now given them the green light to carry firearms to protect themselves.

Ha, ha.

I was unaware that the carnivores singled out the archers. Certainly the rifle hunters have no qualms, but if you have donned your war paint, look like a tree, smell like a love-lorn doe, and mew like a cow elk, then a cougar might deem you as fair game.

Is it possible that the ODFW decision to forego the firearms restriction during archery season has anything to do with increasing revenue by luring more out-of-state archers?

One thing is certain. It won't increase the depleted game situation in Eastern Oregon. Of course if you are afraid of carnivores it might help to decrease the problem that depleted the game, and you might then forego the price of a bear or cougar tag.

Often during previous archery seasons we hear that tell-tale gun report just before dark upon the eastern slope of Mount Emily, signifying that some archer has filled his game tag.

Before the white man came, there were five times as many bear and cougar; grizzlies, too. What did the Native American do when confronted by one of the above? Did he shoot it with an obsidian-tipped arrow, throw down his flimsy bow that had only about a fourth the energy of a compound bow, chase it with a spear, club it to death with his trusty tomahawk? Or run like heck?

There are archers, and there are bow hunters. The big difference is that the archer bags the game, and the bow hunter bags his empty beer cans after stomping the woods for 30 days.

Cecil E. Mecham


65 unsafe for trucks

To the Editor:

Responding to Randall Dris-kell's Sept. 3 letter, which painted such a rosy picture of the truckers. The drivers themselves are not paying road taxes, it's the company or owner of the trucks. And it's no more than right that they should because it's those big, overloaded babies that are beating our bridges and roads apart.

The only time there's a chance of a car running into the back of a truck is going up a steep hill. On the level or downhill, you can't catch up with one.

Quite often when I'm in cruise at 65 mph, one of the big rigs will sail by. Please realize that at 65 mph you are clicking off a mile every 55 seconds which is a safe speed for a modern car, but not for a heavily loaded truck.

I'm assuming Randall is a courteous driver; many of the "professional" drivers are not. Winter closure of the freeway is generally caused by one or more of those drivers who refuses to chain-up, so they jackknife and plug up the highway.

My suggestion is to keep the designated speed where it is, and do a stricter job of enforcement.

Leonard Morse

La Grande