David Hall, Moscow
The Moscow-Pullman Daily News 1/15/15
Oh, a fairy tale from Viola (Letter to the Editor, Van Thompson, December 28): Perhaps we should look at reality here.
Very few Paradise Ridge Defense Coalition members live on Paradise Ridge. (When someone who does live there speaks up on the issue, people cry “NIMBY.” When people who do not live there speak out, they are told to stay out of it and let those who are directly affected talk.)
The [proposed] eastern alignment [of U.S. Highway 95] is perhaps shorter by a few hundred feet. And it is not safer than are other alignments.
Mr. Thompson ignores the fact that the highway, had it been built – illegally – ten years ago, would have left Reisenauer Hill as it is, and accidents would have continued to occur on the hill in that decade. Were the eastern alignment that ITD prefers to be built now, again Reisenauer Hill would be left, dangerous as it is, likely never to be made safer. The “family at the bottom of the hill” will continue to have unwanted vehicles in their front yard.