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Letters: If you don't like improvement projects, next time get involved

In reference to M.J. Berry's letter to the editor ("Crescent City's murals are ‘pass, stagnant and hollow'," Nov. 24).

I find it offensive that someone who has apparently done nothing (at least, I don't remember that name associated with the projects) has the chutz-pah to denigrate the efforts and creativity of those who actually have participated in those improvements. I, too, contributed nothing to those mural projects—not time, materials, imagination nor the buildings that host them. I didn't even express an opinion on the projects when they were proposed.However, I don't sit on my elitist throne whining that no one begged me for my obviously superior views on the projects.

Please, M. J. Berry, do not profess to speak for me when you claim that we residents "wince at the murals."You are welcome to your "graffiti styled art" wherever the authorities were too timid or lacked the resources to keep the vandals from defacing the areas anyway. Yes, I remember what was happening in the ‘80s and why. Sorry—that was not art, fine or otherwise. Graffiti is blatant, in your face disrespect for all who aspire to American values such as property rights. Graffiti is NOT "freedom of expression" unless you own or otherwise have a right to the surface on which it is "expressed."

I remember another form of "art" that surfaced in that time frame, and again, many of us had to be "educated." You can submit a crucifix in a jar of urine as art if you want. You can trample on the faith of millions when you do. You can even expect us to pay for it, as in that instance. Then you can look down your nose at those who find no value in that "art" as uneducated simpletons. Well, I resented that. As a taxpayer, I resented paying for it, too.But you cannot even complain about paying for the murals.

If, M.J. Berry, you do not like the murals or any of the other beautification or improvement projects, then next time get involved. If you truly do have talent, insight, and an abundance of "astuteness," then bring it, along with money and elbow grease.

Just leave the "smarter than you, holier than thou" attitude in the trash—I'm sure Del Norte Disposal will know what to do with it, Ph.D or no.

Jim Norton

Crescent City


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