Letters to the Editor

Letters from Sept. 19, 2007

Feedback: We need traffic enforcement

In response to “Local teen takes action after speeder kills his dog” (CK Reporter, Sept. 15), I also live on Knute Anderson Road and as on many of our county’s smaller roads, traffic laws are not enforced. Several of my neighbors and I have contacted the County and the Sheriff’s office about the number of speeders on our road with little to no response. The Kitsap County Traffic Investigator was asked by our then-county commissioner Patty Lent in October of 2005 to do a traffic survey to ascertain if Knute Anderson Road qualifies for installation of speed bumps under our Local Traffic Safety Program. He conducted a traffic survey for 24 hours on the 27th and 28th of October. His findings were that 160 of the 983 vehicles that passed in that period were exceeding the speed limit by 10 or more mph and well over 35 percent were 5 mph or over. Utilizing current state penalty schedule for infractions and supposing that law enforcement was able to stop and cite only half of the violators on this road alone, the county could raise more than $21,000 in citations alone in one day.

Our road is indicative of roads in our county, for it has no real sidewalk, just a painted line to separate automobiles from pedestrians, nor does it have adequate lighting. In the wintertime when elementary and junior high school students are walking to school and the bus stop, it is still dark. During the times that children are traversing to and from the bus stops and school (6-8 a.m. and 2-4 p.m.) 57 percent of the cars were speeding, according to the traffic survey. Add to this, people parking across the sidewalk, causing pedestrians to enter the roadway and you have all the makings for a disaster.

I would really like to tell Taylor and his family that I’m sorry for their loss, and to also thank them for trying to reduce the number of speeders on this road, but in reality it has had little to no effect. The only way it can be stopped here or anywhere else in our county is by enforcement of our traffic laws, and currently that is not happening. Sadly, in my opinion, nothing will happen until it is a person who is hit and not a pet.



Can’t we all just get along?

In response to Mick Sheldon’s letter to the editor last week (CK Reporter, Sept. 15) regarding an ad that dared to criticize General Petraeus because he’s “had a long distinguished military career.”

Hmmm, I just wonder what Mick said back when folks who were against this war before and just after it started and tried to say so. As I recall they were called traitors, they hate America, they hate Bush or they are un-American. Remember what the right tried to do to the Dixie Chicks? Did you speak out then Mick?

Even today if you disagree with those on the right they still use those tags. I guess some habits are hard to break.

Does Mick also condemn Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter, Sean Hannity, Bill O’Reilly, Brit Hume, Michael Savage, Glen Beck and the entire Fox Noise Network? They all have added their share of hateful rhetoric.

I’ll end this by using Mick’s closing words. “It’s time we and our political representatives stand up to the type of discourse that hamper our ability to have a civil public dialogue.”

I couldn’t have said it better.



Democratic party: Defeatist mentality is shameful

The defeatist mentality of the Democratic Party was shameful, when their leadership declared the war lost. Their propaganda organization, MoveOn.org, then calls a highly decorated general a betrayer prior to his scheduled assessment of the war was revealing.

You have a democratic congress that does not trust the military to provide an honest assessment of the war they are fighting, how can anyone vote for a president from that party?

No matter what they say, newly elected democrats would fall back to the failed Clinton policies of fighting terrorism by playing defense and would never maintain the current offensive war as established by President Bush.

The war against terrorism is a world war. If you have any doubts, read the latest major transcript from Osama Bin Laden.

Throughout his rambling speech and his agreement with the democratic strategy for surrender, he professes his ideology that the only solution to world peace is through Islam.

Radical Islam Jihadist have intimidated liberal Europe with their ruthless tactics of killing and rioting whenever they feel publicly offended or denounced.

For any political party to retreat from the offensive war against terrorism currently underway, indicates they do not understand the enemy.



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