Letters to the Editor

Forget siding, renew North Bend's eastern gateway

Wow! The citizens of North Bend can sleep better tonight after the City Council passed a resolution banning vinyl siding on new construction for environmental and aesthetic reasons. If the City Council wants to see some real environmental and aesthetic problems, they should take a little motor trip out to Truck Town.

After they pass through the traffic circle, on their left, they will see a tractor-trailer parked in the owner’s front yard. Continuing on down the road on their left, they will pass an aesthetic and environmentally friendly junkyard and garage. As they continue their travel toward Truck Town, they will come upon a construction equipment graveyard on their right. This is a real beauty and should not be missed, as it is the highlight of the trip. Are these the images the council want visitors to  remember about our “Hard to Leave” city?

These eyesores need to be addressed by the council, since North Bend Way is the gateway to the city from the east and the first impression by visitors to North Bend.

The city council needs to stop worrying about such trivial matters as vinyl siding. Instead, they should be looking at how they can enhance the aesthetic value of the entire city by getting rid of eyesores such as junk cars, motor homes and boats parked on the front lawns and driveways of homes.  These items belong in an RV storage area, not in someone’s front yard.

Jack Brett

North Bend

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