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Last week H. Bruce Miller showed his ignorance of Pacific Northwest road conditions. I would suggest that he spend some time walking or cycling around

Last week H. Bruce Miller showed his ignorance of Pacific Northwest road conditions. I would suggest that he spend some time walking or cycling around Bend in the wintertime. Often in the morning of perfectly nice snowless days there are large patches of black ice. I see them regularly.

If someone chooses to use studded snow tires and it helps them to not run me over, I thank them.

Mr. Miller's simplistic assumption that our weather and road bases are the same as anywhere else dispels ODOT and all the others that understand science as complete idiots. Mr. Miller, can you explain why our frost line is so much shallower than places that are even warmer than here? Probably not. Have you ever wondered why we have no signs warning us that the bridges freeze before the normal road surface, as seen in other regions? Probably not. Have you ever noticed that we might have warm moist gigantic Pacific air competing with Canadian cold air? (I'm not blaming the Canadians). Have you ever looked at a globe? Have you ever wondered about the complex rubber compounds of tires? Have you ever wondered why ODOT paints lines on the roads when we just survived a week without seeing the lines? I, like Bruce Miller, have also enjoyed several winters in the interior Blue States and east coast and it is different than here.

If someone chooses to spend the equivalent of their insurance deductible on good snow tires that also have studs before they have to spend it on your repair or hospital bill, you should be grateful. Please Mr. Miller, do some more research in meteorology, physics, geography, geology, geometry, chemistry, economics and responsible types of behavior before writing more on this matter. Your English is fine.

Paul Biskup, Bend


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