Day: August 16, 2013

No bus on Stone Hedge

By MELINDA OLIVER This experience has felt like I’ve been bullied by Cherriots (Salem-Keizer Transit).  A few days ago my husband noticed a flier on the table next to our front door.  To our surprise, it was a letter informing us a bus stop would be placed in front of our house.  Can you believe this was the way of notification where there was a possibility that the flier could have blown away? I am very much against the bus going down Stone Hedge again, all I can remember is how my windows would rattle from the bus zooming down the road.  Here are a few comments off of the “Nextdoor.com” website which is like a local Facebook, and I would recommend you joining if you live in neighborhood: “I have given my ‘vote’ (negative) via the Cherriot website and this forum but it didn’t seem to matter. I think the reality is that ‘they’ did what they wanted no matter what we wanted. “ “I had the bus stop on my corner before and it was horrible. Noise, trash, people wanting to use our bathroom while waiting for the bus etc. Not looking forward to all of this ‘convenience’ again.” “Yes, at the very least the stop in the middle of Stone Hedge should be changed to McLeod at Tepper Lane. That would eliminate the problem of losing...

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Stone Hedge is a bad route for bus

To the Editor: As a resident of the Gubser neighborhood in Keizer I am very concerned by the recent notification that effective Sept. 3, a Cherriots bus will again be driving up our street, with a bus stop planned for directly across the street from our house. It reminds everyone in our neighborhood of the bus that used to speed down our street at 35-45 miles per hour (posted speed limit is 25) every half hour making up for lost time—with maybe one passenger a day.  The street we live on is the narrowest in the Gubser subdivision, with cars parked on both sides of the street after work hours.  There are multiple young children that live in the area, and as a result area residents are extremely careful in driving through the neighborhood. As I understand it, the Cherriots bus will be traveling (and stopping) every half hour on the busiest street in the Gubser neighborhood.  There are the additional constraints that will be placed on the route during the school year, as it attempts to negotiate the Gubser school parents and children as they drop off and pick up their elementary school children, which occur during the school year at 9 a.m., noon and 3 p.m. Residents in this area have approached “the powers that be” and offered several alternate routes and stops that will not have...

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Gubser bus route

To the Editor: Apparently Cherriots can install a new bus route on your street at any time and there’s nothing you can do to stop them. How would you feel about having a bus stop directly in front of your home, where you and your guests can get ticketed or towed for parking in front of your own property? How would you feel about having your property values plummet?  How would you feel about having a bus speeding on your street so fast in the evenings that it shakes your house as if it were in an earthquake, causing cracks in your foundation?  How would you feel about your children and pets being exposed to speeding buses? How would you feel about adding bus traffic to your street, if your street was already overcrowded during the day by the Gubser School pedestrians and traffic?  How many more homes on our street will become rentals, because homeowners will seek a quieter place to live?  How will that affect property values in Keizer? How would you feel if Cherriots ignored your pleadings to instead reinstall the former bus stop on McLeod Lane, which is located on the side of properties, and not directly in front of a home?  How would you feel about not having a voice in the matter?  I can tell you how I feel: I feel like my...

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Money trumps stands on issues

By DON VOWELL The morning news reports that Republicans have elected a new state Republican Party chairman.  Speculation is that unceremoniously bounced chairman Suzanne Gallagher’s failure to attract financial support from Republicans at the national level was her downfall.  She has been replaced by Art Robinson.  Mr. Robinson, notable for losing twice to U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio, has nonetheless been able to attract funds from national Republican groups, even with his own set of controversial views.  Fund-raising appears to be priority number one. There was never any mention of sober introspection regarding the possibility that Republican failure to attract a winning majority of voters in statewide elections is due to their positions on the issues. If the party is right—that money is the deciding factor in an election —then that speaks badly for the party and the electorate.  If the party is wrong, then it means they are wrong, but will keep adding to the horrible waste of campaign ads. Both Democrat and Republican leaders will eventually notice that successful white businessmen are a minority in Oregon, and growing smaller as a group.  The time when legislation is passed by and for this privileged set in their exclusive playground is nearly gone.  It looks like Democrats have been quicker to respond to that reality and have made a more visible attempt to include a changing electorate. I don’t know...

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