LETTERS TO THE EDITOR AUGUST 20 - 25, 2001

August 27, 2001 11:00 pm

Buses use parking lot

To the Editor:

We would like to provide some information about the road construction on Cove Avenue and the impact it has on businesses.

Stop-N-Crop Scrapbook Supplies and Stickers Store is located in the H&R Block building, next to the Taxman, just before the construction begins at Portland Street. While we are not where the road is torn up, it has had some effect on our business also.

It has been our understanding that the Greyhound Bus drivers will not go around to the bus parking by way of Willow Street. Several times a day, the buses use our parking lot, parking parallel to the street, blocking several of our spaces.

Passengers from the buses come into our store looking for a restroom, to use the phone, seeking information about bus arrivals and departures, or they sit in the front of the store to have a smoke while waiting to board the bus to resume their trip.

Passengers wanting to catch the bus park in front of the store or wait on our sidewalk next to the storefront. During the first big downpour on Aug. 4, there were several people waiting outside our store for the bus. We had them come into the store rather than sit outside in the rain and have their luggage get wet.

Some of our local customers, and especially customers from out of town, have had trouble finding the route around the construction to get to our business. The increase in traffic to and from Portland Street also makes getting in and out of our parking more of a problem.

Due to some information about Cove Avenue being closed, we have learned that some people have been under the impression that all of Cove Avenue was closed. All businesses along Cove Avenue, even though not located directly beside the construction route, are experiencing an effect on their volume of business during the construction.

Dolores Williams, Lisa Wright

co-owners,

Stop-N-Crop Scrapbook Supplies and Stickers Store

La Grande

Innovation evolves again

To the Editor:

I had to snicker to myself upon reading the Aug. 20 editorial in The Observer titled Keep Eye on Minnesota half-grade experience.

It wasnt because of the content but it brings to mind the old adage, there is seldom anything new in education. Ideas just get recycled.

The La Grande School District elementary schools were divided into B and A groups at each grade level, 1 through 8, when I entered Riveria in grade 1-A in the late 1920s. The system was abandoned around 1933. It did serve as a means of retention and enabled students to enter at mid-year. It also sent students to high school at mid-year.

Im certain the Minnesota plan is more refined and may be highly successful, but it really isnt anything new.

It only took nigh on to 70 years for this innovation to evolve again.

Ken Lilly

La Grande