I recently had the pleasure of participating in the campaign for Ward 2 Alderperson with the help of a number of my friends and neighbors. I would like to thank everyone who volunteered or helped my campaign in any way. I know that many of you had not been active in local government before, and are concerned about many important issues we are facing. Please stay involved and active on issues like land use, economic development, downtown revitalization, protecting and creating good-paying jobs, which will not go away now that the election is over. You can make sure that your voice is heard by working with citizens' groups, contacting your elected officials, and even attending or watching a city council meeting on TV.
The winner of the Ward 2 election, Kelly Bevans is a good person. He will appreciate help and input from all of his constituents in the coming months.
The recent fatal accident on the Potlatch bridge this week was a terrible tragedy, and your article of 10/31/02 page 7A, last paragraph, says it all -- "the roads were icy -- why were they not sanded?"
I travel that road and bridge often. A year ago or so I came upon another accident (very similar) on that bridge. Same time of year, same time of day.
This tells me that bridge, for that matter all bridges, this time of year are very icy. A history of accidents at a particular site at the same time of year requires in my opinion the responsibility of a governing body to address and try to prevent a recurrence of accidents.
I agree with the quote on page 7A. The city should have been on top of what has historically been a problem on that bridge -- perhaps it could have been prevented.
Gary A. Bakken
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