"Tsunami Way" would scare tourists away from downtown
Danger! Danger! Tsunami Way would be scary for tourists!
When we had our tsunami warning last year, we received phone calls from friends and relatives. There was a terror in their voices, thinking we were going to be wiped off the face of the Earth!
Thank heavens we weren't. Like Jackie Cochran stated in her June 23 letter, "'Tsunami Way' would call attention to tragedy hazard," Tsunami Way is not a good name to invite tourism to that part of downtown - leave it alone!
I think we should have a vote on a nice inviting name. My wife came
up with a good one: Lighthouse Way. I thought that sounded nice. Then I
added the word "Park, like "Lighthouse Parkway."
Let's come up with a nice inviting name, or just leave it alone!
Gray's concession letter reflects political separation found locally
After reading Mr. Bill Gray's concession letter in the Triplicate on
June 23, I can only add: I am one of the 29,000 persons in the county.
I'm glad to see Ms. McClure re-elected.
The bitter tone and the childishness of Mr. Gray's letter only serves
to illustrate the separation and debates that have brought this country
to a legislative halt, have infected local politics and disgraced the
letters page of this paper.
Perhaps compromise and cooperation are only dreams a few of us keep,
but I believe they are part of the foundation that made our former
republic great, before it was bought and sold.
A modest proposal for attracting tourist dollars to Crescent City
The local "boosters," charged with the task of increasing business in
our area, have seized on the tsunami theme to put Crescent City on the
tourist map as the "Tsunami Capital of the U.S." Whether we can quibble
about whether Anchorage deserves that title, our "boosters" insist that
the only way they can achieve their objective is to rename Front Street
as Tsunami Way.
Since the current proposal for renaming the street calls for waiting
until the Front Street rejuvenation project is completed, it appears
that they may have to wait.
However, recent events on the Oregon Coast (see recent Triplicate
article on increased visitors to Agate Beach near Newport where a dock
from Japan washed up) have opened some near-term possibilities that
"boosters" might find enticing -- and in the spirit of what they seem to
envision for Crescent City.
Here, with apologies to Jonathan Swift ("A Modest Proposal," 1729), is a modest proposal to our marketeers:
andbull; They should try to snag our own piece of Japanese tsunami wreckage
for installation on our shoreline. If it is mildly, but not dangerously,
radioactive, that might add to its ability to attract visitors. Of
course, rigging it to glow in the dark might be a bit of overreach.
andshy;andbull; Placement will be an important consideration, since they want to
draw visitors into our city center to promote business. South Beach,
and even Beachfront Park might not be suitable, since it would be too
easy for visitors to just observe it, then continue along Highway 101.
andbull; Some consideration might be given to securing it along Pebble Beach
near the foot of the stairs just south of Pacific Street. Visitors
could be routed to Pebble Beach Drive along our bustling 3rd Street
business corridor, where window signs belonging to our largest
commercial property owner could illustrate our old theme, "Comeback
andshy;So, "boosters," here's a chance to get your program up and running well in advance of Front Street rejuvenation.
So you don't feel out of step with other disaster areas, read the new
book, "Visit Sunny Chernobyl" (Andrew Blackwell, Rodale Press, May
That's the modest proposal, offered in the spirit of what our
"boosters" are trying to achieve. Think it over guys. I'm sure you'll
do the right thing.
Regionalization just may force sick people away from Del Norte
Perhaps Mehony Misina ("Regionalization could improve quality of
services in long run," June 21) should also do some homework. The letter
writer was born at Seaside Hospital in another time, before Pelican Bay
Prison, with the threat of riots, before the population increase of
retirees with their special health care needs, before drugs became a big
problem. We will always have the threat of natural disasters,
earthquakes and tsunamis.
Speaking of population, Del Norte County is over 30,000. Add to that
the population of Brookings/Harbor, Ore., whose residents most often are
transported to Sutter Coast in an emergency, then imagine only 25
beds, and no doctors in the ER!
Your hospital stay will be limited to four days. Got pneumonia? You
are going for an airplane ride. Stroke? In a coma? Off you go, at your
own expense, and without your family members.
Living in Orick, Misina would, in an emergency, be transported to Mad
River Hospital, a non-Sutter Health facility. Going to be a good one
too, they are already putting out feelers for our specialists, knowing
they won't have a practice here.
Misina praises HMO's, saying they are like Kaiser. Misina obviously
has not lived with the rationed care of an HMO. Try living with one when
you have a serious illness. You probably won't.
Tea Party's common cause is protecting the U.S. Constitution
In response to Joe Barnwell's June 21 letter, "Why does Sheriff
Wilson oppose proposal that's good for DN?" the Tea Party is not a dirty
word. It is a group of people who vow no allegiance except to this
wonderful country, the United States of America, and to God.
The common cause is to protect the Constitution of this great nation
from those who would destroy it and thus, destroy our whole way of life -
freedom to live free within just laws enacted by duly elected
As this administration pulls us further and further into socialism
(and worse) be grateful there are those with the courage to fight back,
to stand up and be counted, in spite of attacks such as this against a
good man, Dean Wilson. He has every right, as a private citizen of this
country, to stand up and be counted for what he believes is right. Stop
attacking him you espouse the virtues of the environmentalists.
Environmentalists will continue their devil-work of nullifying our
land for human use. I lived in the high desert when Diane Feinstein got
thousands of acres of open desert fenced in to "save the desert
tortoise" - only someone forgot to tell the tortoise.
Thousands of other such terrible laws have gone through without
people even hearing of them. We all believe in sensible conservation of
our resources, but the effect on humans must enter the equation and
normal attrition must be taken into account.
God help us, who is going to provide the food when you prevent these
disgusting rich people from growing potatoes because the dams are down
and there is no water? What is the long-term goal of your wonderful
environmental takeover? How will people be fed? Or is the goal to
decrease the population by starving the masses?
As always, we call upon a just God and ask him to bless this great
nation. May the Tea Party groups all over this great nation grow in size
and strength to help bring us back constitutional governing for all
Americans. We are not radical, we are not violent, we are American! Come
to a meeting and see for yourself.