Stop signs: He tried to stay out of it
April 24, 2009 · 12:38 PM
He tried to stay out of it
I have tried to stay out of the controversy about the stop signs in Poulsbo, but find I just have to respond to the letter from Paul Bourmatnov, March 27. Paul, do you really believe that the state spent millions of dollars widening State Highway 305 just to appease “Nazi drivers?” I have lived in Poulsbo for more than 30 years and have seen the tremendous growth that has been happening over that time.
I did not like to see the road widening but it was obvious that it had to happen, both to eliminate the gridlock that was building and for safety. People who complain about the stop signs are not just “cry babies” or people who let their “maniac unsupervised teenagers” drive through town. They are people like myself who have to drive through town to get to the post office or the bank or even to have dinner in downtown Poulsbo.
They are people who believe that stop signs should be used to control dangerous intersections, not just used as a tool to keep people out of town. I actually agree with several of the stop signs, such as the one at Front Street and Sunset, or the one at Mesford and Caldart, but there are far too many that don’t make sense. I invite Paul to look at the new stop signs put in at 4th and Viewmont, at 3rd and Iverson, at Ash Crest Lp. (both ends) and Jensen, or at Torval Canyon and 4th. Paul may think that the new traffic plan is for safety and the pedestrians, but it is pretty obvious that those signs were put up to make it as inconvenient as possible for people to drive through town.
When I moved here 32 years ago, Poulsbo was a warm welcoming community. It’s sad that those days are evidently over.
Driving and window shopping is a no-no
Comment: In response to Kathy Miller’s letter of April 10, I for one am relieved that she has chosen to take State Route 305. If she is driving down Front Street and window shopping she is a hazard to pedestrians. These signs were installed to keep people such as Ms. Miller off Front Street. Besides, when was the last time you ever witnessed anyone doing the 15 mile per hour limit on Front Street, and more importantly, when was the last time you witnessed one of Poulsbo’s finest handing out a speeding ticket on said street? My guess is never.
Stop signs aren’t suggestions
Today I just made a run to the Poulsbo Post Office and my concern grows every time I go through the intersection at Front Street and Jensen Way. Again today, I observed someone blow right through the all-way stop on Front Street. A lady had a cell phone in her ear and was paying no attention whatsoever. I would suggest more observation from the Poulsbo police in that area before someone gets injured or an added warning to those traveling the street.
Thanks for buying our cookies
The Girl Scouts of North Kitsap would like to thank the community for their support during their 2009 cookie sale. You helped us surpass past sales and purchased more than 30,000 boxes of cookies from us, as well as donating more than 600 boxes to our troops serving overseas and other worthy organizations. The proceeds from the sales will go to a wide variety of programs for all of our local scouts. We would also like to thank sponsors of our public site sales: Poulsbo Wal-Mart, Central Market, Poulsbo and Kingston Albertsons, Poulsbo Rite-Aid, Liberty Bay Books, Poulsbo Red Apple, The Zone, Washington State Ferries, Kingston Thriftway, Bangor Commissary and NEX, Indianola Country Store, and Hollywood Video. Thank you and we’ll see you next year!
Lynanne White, Service Unit Cookie Manager
& the Girl Scouts of Service Unit 310