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Editorial: Priority improvements

The crumbling and inferior state of our community's sidewalks have been a recurring issue for a number of years — for both editorial board members and residents — and yet today the walkways are as hit-and-miss as ever.

Walk, run or ride a bike around town and it won't take long to recognize the obvious — there are adequate, crumbling or missing sections altogether of sidewalks throughout the city.

Sidewalks are particularly concerning to editorial board members because it's a safety issue.

Is it really going to take a serious injury or worse for local officials to finally act on improving the pathways?

Another gnawing issue for many, including the editorial board, is one-way traffic in town.

Maybe there was once a need for the one-ways, but that day doesn't appear to be today.

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The one-way traffic flow limits exposure to businesses, causes confusion for out-of-towners and doesn't appear to have much overall reason behind it.

Again, why can't something be done to correct a community flaw noticeable to many?

The editorial board believes issues like sidewalks and traffic, among numerous others, could be easily addressed and improved, and probably without an extravagant amount of money, if the city prioritized such projects and designated a specific person to oversee such efforts.

This particular official would need vision, resources and authority to implement changes, and perhaps most importantly, nothing in the way of local red tape or bureaucracy.

There's a laundry list of community improvements that can be made in our town.

It's getting more difficult, as years go by and problems of yesterday are the same as today, to understand why more isn't being done to correct them.

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Editorial board members:

• Al Cashion

— Community representative

• Bryce Jacobson

— Newspaper representative

• Bridget Manley

— Newspaper representative

• Chris Nichols

— Community representative

• Jeff Pleasant

— Community representative

• Joshua Roberts

— Newspaper representative

Our View

Crumbling sidewalks and pointless one-way traffic are gnawing issues not only for editorial board members, but for many people in the community. It’s no secret issues like these need attention. The real question is who has the vision, resources and authority to do something about it?

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