Why isn’t the city asking for federal funding?
I read the article on the lack of sidewalks in the city of Renton last week and had some comments. I am a private contractor that performs public works project in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties.
Much of the information is correct for cost and demand for sidewalks in the city. However, there are several programs that the city can apply to to get federal funding to install sidewalks and crosswalks, specifically around schools. Many cities nearby do these all the time. Renton has not put out a federally funded road job in a long time.
It takes work from someone at city hall to get these funds and they aren’t.
Who benefits from speed limit changes?
Lowering the speed limit to 20 mph will certainly accomplish what it is intended to, namely to increase the income from speeding tickets.
A side affect, which has those in the insurance business gleefully wringing their hands, is that speeding tickets cause drivers’ insurance rates to soar, perhaps tripling.
I suppose the athletically elite who ride bicycles don’t care, but the rest of us do care and we care a lot.
Don’t let this pending ordinance come before the (Renton) city council. We the people don’t want it.
Reader finds issue with Reporter headline
Although I am an older white male, I am writing to protest your front page headline in the May 17 edition, regarding Emily Blundren.
I am offended at your shockingly patronizing statement that some unspecified person or group is “making room in STEM for girls.” First of all, the whole article is about Emily’s accomplishments, so why not go with your headline on page 9, “Hazen junior Emily Blundren wins trip to Houston,”?
Secondly, and more importantly, there has never been a need to “make room.” Women have been in the hard sciences as long as we have recorded history. Remember Marie Curie, just for one obvious example?
Third, please use the word “women” rather than patronizing with “girls.” Or you need to say “young women.”
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