Please slow down
Only 483 people were driving under 30 miles per hour (mph) in a 25 mph zone out of 44,375 motorists in an eight-day period between East 20 Pizza and Arrowleaf Bistro during a study by the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT). The posted speed limit is 25 mph.
According to WSDOT’s study, the average speed was 43 mph, with 68 driving between 10 and 20 mph, 415 driving between 20 and 30 mph, 12,076 driving between 30 and 40 mph, 27,185 vehicles were driving between 40 and 50 mph, 286 driving between 50 and 60 mph, 16 driving between 70 and 80 mph, one vehicle between 80 and 90 mph, and one driving between 90 and 100 mph. I witness speeding daily in front of my home/business on Highway 20. I am located in the 25 mph zone on the east side of downtown between the Arrowleaf Bistro and East 20 Pizza.
In over 13 years of owning this property, I have watched the town grow and the speed of motorists increase dramatically. I also want to mention that this is a commercial/residential area. Five families with children and pets live in this stretch. We live here and find it extremely dangerous to pull out of our driveways on a daily basis. It is even difficult for the school bus to keep our children safe some days. I ask all of my fellow community members to kindly slow down in this stretch. Again, the speed limit is 25 mph and with 28,000 people driving between 40 and 100 miles per hour in a one-week period, it feels like an interstate for us residents. Thanks, in advance, for your cooperation.
Alison Philbin, Winthrop
Kudos for Methow Arts
Methow Arts would have plenty to be proud of if the musicians they brought to town had played only their memorable Saturday evening performance. But like others, I was reminded that evening that world-class concerts like this are just a small part of what Methow Arts makes possible. Last week, the musical duo Dala educated and entertained over 2,200 students in six schools across Okanogan County. Thank you Methow Arts, and all of your sponsors including the National Endowment for the Arts and Humanities Washington for what you add to the quality of life for residents of all ages here in Okanogan County. It matters!
Jason Paulsen, Mazama
Health care still in jeopardy
On April 13, our cowardly president quietly (behind closed doors, no cameras allowed) signed a Republican bill that could harm millions of women. It allows states to deny federal funding for family planning services related to contraception, sexually transmitted infections, fertility, pregnancy care, and breast and cervical cancer screening. Prior laws only prohibited using federal funds for abortion services.
Thankfully for women in Washington, our state government is not likely to take advantage of this barbaric attack on their health care. But there are many states that will. One ironic result will likely be more abortions since many women will be denied access to publicly funded family planning and contraception education. Even worse could be an increase in cases of cancer not detected early.
Broader threats to health care are still hanging over all of us. Trump supported the Republican no-health-care bill. It was defeated, in part because of citizen outrage that 24 million people would lose their health care coverage. But it was also defeated because many Republican representatives wanted an even worse bill. The fight is not over.
During the election campaign, Trump promised: “I am going to take care of everybody. … Everybody’s going to be taken care of much better than they’re taken care of now [under Obamacare].” Does anyone seriously still believe him? If you do, it’s time you woke up.
Keep your eyes on our local representative, Dan Newhouse. His website says he was “proud” to vote for the bill that would have canceled the health insurance of 24 million Americans. He also voted for this new law attacking health care for women, though so far he has not told us how proud he is of that vote.
Randy Brook, Twisp
Common sense needed
I was astounded to read the newspaper and see the comment about the Town Council of Winthrop being sexist. Where did that come from? What evidence is there of that? I know some of those men and find them to be about as fair and understanding as any men I know. The situation in Winthrop is really bad. The mayor may have had the right to fire the marshal but was it the correct decision, and certainly, it should have been discussed with the Town Council. Legal right does not necessarily make moral right and common sense. One way or another it is going to cost the town a lot of time and money to resolve this matter. Why could not there have been more talking to each other and if you disagree get mediation involved? The article said the town will pay $51,000 for three months of temporary limited-coverage law enforcement. Wow, that’s almost much as the town was paying for a full year of coverage. Who will want to take that job based on its history of turnover?
Then there were comments about anyone who does not live in the town saying anything. There are a lot of those folks who work or own businesses in the town. There are lots of folks who spend a lot of time and money in town. What are their rights? How many of the town employees live in the town and pay taxes and do business there?
How about getting back to common sense and straighten out the real things that need to be done in the town?
Don Carlson, Winthrop