Not listening

Resident upset with politicians over the Stickle Road issue

I am still finding it hard to fathom why both the mayor and our MLA are supporting the $9 million-plus Stickle Road intersection plan when the majority of council, attendees at the open houses, and people on the street want a simple stoplight at the cost, I believe, of $2.5 to $3 million.

Are the mayor and MLA listening to the public? Is the Ministry of Transportation listening to the public?

At the open house, I overheard a fellow saying that he watched someone from the campground run across the highway in order to eat at Squires Four.

After food and a few beers, would this same fellow take his chances at running across the highway to go back to the campground?  Absolutely.

The new ministry plan does not allow for pedestrians or bicycles to cross the highway safely, but I am willing to bet that they will try.

Do we just wait for new fatalities or do we demand a stop light at Stickle Road?

Why does the ministry offer us these complex and expensive solutions when a simple stoplight will do?

Lower the speed limit to 70 kilometres an hour until after the weigh scale if the supposed result of a new stoplight (according to the ministry) will be rear-end collisions.

Odd, isn’t it, how we manage to get through West Kelowna, Kelowna, and Kamloops, stopping at stoplights throughout? Is Vernon any different?

To the mayor, MLA and ministry, listen to the people of Vernon. We want a stop light.

Linda Wills

Vernon