Letters to the Editor
November 22, 2006
As a Prospector resident, I applaud The Park Record for covering our concerns about heavy morning traffic in our neighborhood. However, in the article, Jay Hamburger misquoted my comments made at the city council meeting. While acknowledging to the city council that I have seen lots of drivers run stop signs in our neighborhood in the morning rush to get to work, my complaint was specifically about drivers not yielding to pedestrians in crosswalks, especially the crosswalk on Wyatt Earp at Kearns.
I described incidents where I have been in that crosswalk, but have had to manually signal to drivers to "STOP!" for fear of being run over by cars turning off of Kearns in the morning. I described having to pull my dogs out of the path of oncoming cars also turning off of Kearns in the morning rush hour because the drivers did not slow to yield to me or my dogs on leashes as we tried to cross Wyatt Earp in the crosswalk.
I said I didn’t know if this failure to yield was because drivers were so busy looking ahead at the stopped traffic on Kearns that they failed to notice me in the crosswalk, or because they were just in too big of a hurry to stop.
Either way, I expressed concern that someone (specifically, a child who is less visible than an adult with two dogs) was going to get hurt in that crosswalk, and suggested that something be done to prevent cars from turning left off of Kearns in the morning OR to slow the cars down as they enter and drive through our neighborhood. Many creative suggestions were made by Prospector residents at the meeting as to how to keep heavy traffic off our residential streets that are not designed to handle such heavy traffic flow.
I specifically like the ideas about putting pedestrian tunnels under Kearns.
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Anything that can be done to improve traffic flow on Kearns and to make it more attractive to drivers trying to get to work in the morning will only improve the safety in our neighborhood.
Bring your own bags
As the biggest shopping day of the year approaches, I urge all Parkites to BYOB: Bring Your Own Bags. Whether you’re in line at the grocery store or browsing at a fine boutique, be prepared. Bring your own bags to carry your treasures home.
Americans use more than 100 million plastic shopping bags each year. Where do all these bags end up? It’s true that some bags find their way to the cupboard beneath the kitchen sink, but most bags have far worse fates. Many bags are thrown away and carried off to landfills where it can take more than 20 years for them to decompose. As the plastic decomposes, it can contaminate groundwater. Some bags end up as litter that is easily carried off by wind to pollute the landscape and harm wildlife.
Reusable cloth bags may cost more at the outset, but the benefits to the environment are invaluable. Each cloth bag can eliminate the need for 1,000 plastic bags over its lifetime (according to reusablebags.com). Additionally, most grocery stores offer a five-cent rebate for every bag that you bring.
So throughout the holiday season and into the New Year, please BYOB (Bring Your Own Bags).
Treasure and preserve open lands
Just the other morning, while driving east up River Road, I came upon a "trot" of turkeys in the middle of the road. No amount of honking, engine revving or hand waving had any effect on making them budge. Apparently they were taking in the warmth generated by the early morning sun on the macadam, and were loathe to move to the berm, newly blanketed with overnight snowfall. I got out of my car, removed my jacket and began flapping; they did not move, but one by one began fanning their tail feathers, looking for all the world just like those grade school turkeys we used to draw at Thanksgiving!
this time, several cars had come up behind me, and as several of us advanced on the turkeys, in high dudgeon, they slowly began to stalk from the roadway. No one said a thing — we just smiled at one another and returned to our cars. But for those few moments, on a shivering November morning, turkeys ruled the world!
Help find man’sbest friend
Friday , Nov. 17, my parents’ (Bill and Joanne Shiebler) puppy Axel, a one-year-old silver giant schnauzer, went missing from their home in the Silver Lake area of Deer Valley. He has an invisible fence, but we think he chased a deer or bunny out of the yard.
It is unlikely that someone came onto the property and took him, although anything could happen. We had many people out searching the hills today, so we think he is either up in the hills hurt, or worse. Or possibly someone has picked him up with the intentions of recovering the reward.
It has been several days since he has gone missing, so we are holding out hope. With that, I turn to my friends and ask you to mention it to one more neighbor. The more the word is out, the more likely we are to find him. We want him back, regardless of whether or not he is dead or alive. We need to know where he is, and if he is gone we want to bury him. If he is hurt, we want to get him help. If he is with someone we want to reward them hugely for keeping him safe and returning him to us. We are offering a $1,000-plus reward. It is not about the money. It is about finding Axel.
Thank you to all of you who have already done so much for this wonderful puppy that is so very loved. My family is forever grateful.
KPCW is making announcements, flyers have hit the town like locusts. Thanks to all of you, every hospital, shelter, police and fire station has called. Ads will run in the papers this week if necessary. The word is spreading, and we appreciate all of you keeping it moving.
Thanks so much for your continued friendship and help finding our Axel. Please call 640-2862 with any information.
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