Letters to the Editor

Panhandlers pose hazard

Location, location, location: A familiar phrase denoting value concerning real estate.

But the real estate in question is also a very dynamic location with three lines of traffic moving in and out of the Oak Harbor Safeway parking lot. The “salesmen” are continuing to put themselves and the drivers in an “accident potential zone.” They occupy a three square foot space of sidewalk, which is the equivalent of someone standing in the center line of Highway 20 with a couple of concrete curbs for protection. It would not be tolerated and would be illegal.

Why does this accident waiting to happen continue to exist? Approaching the area in question there’s plenty of traffic movement to contend with, then throw in a person seated or standing with a sign to express their need while drivers are also trying to navigate the other cars coming and going. Can you say “clear sight lines?” Who’s the most exposed here legally? The city -- their sidewalk; Safeway -- their parking lot; or is it just you and  me and our insurance company?

Move on, folks, this is not the location to solve your problem.

Harry Toulgoat


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