Hopeful return to civility; Please Drive Safely — Letters to the Editor, Nov. 7, 2018


A hopeful return to civility

As I write this, I have no idea who will win in the mid-term elections. But I hope one thing: Civility returns at every political level, especially in our community.

I hope what happened recently in Florence with the politics of character destruction doesn’t continue.

We at least can be better than that if we stop and consider the full impact of our words.

I was watching the news this morning, election day, and heard my favorite historian, Doris Kerns Goodwin, quote Franklin D. Roosevelt:

“Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough.” 

I just love that. I hope you do too.

—Judy Kinsman

Florence

Please drive safely in our neighborhood

I submitted a Letter to the Editor a few months ago regarding the speed limits on Munsel Lake Road.

The speed limit is 35 mph from Highway 101, and is 25 mph starting at  Ocean Dunes Drive (Golf Course) and Munsel Lake Road. It continues through the residential area all the way to North Fork Road (approximately 1/4 mile).

We have had numerous people moving into our area from out of state who do not abide by our speed limit and often laugh at us residents trying to help slow them down. We get people flipping us off and who are just downright disrespectful.

The police have made somewhat of an effort to police the area but they, too, are busy. There are several neighbors who have put many hours into this fight for keeping our neighborhood safe, continuing to send letters to city and county works trying to get solutions.

I call businesses who drive our road at high speeds, using this road as a short cut, and try explaining to them that the speed limit is 25 mph. 

Someone is going to get hurt or have a pet run over.

We had a battery operated digital speed sign for about three weeks. Just when we started seeing a difference, it was taken down and moved somewhere else in Lane County.

There has been support from ODOT and Florence Public Works, but nothing permanent yet. So please use common sense and abide by the speed limit through our neighborhood.

We just want awareness of the speed limit and respect for our neighbors to keep them, their children and pets safe.

—Pamela Fox

Florence

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