This is funny on so many levels. If you can get through it...
We should not underestimate the socioeconomic or aesthetic consequences of the CalTrans’ Richardson Grove widening proposal, which increases our dependence on obsolete, unreliable global market strategies, including big diesel trucks (“Drive-Thru Redwoods,” Jan. 8).
We should utilize 21st century know-how and exploit the minor inconveniences attributable to our geography and weather to develop regional self-reliance, while enhancing RG and its local businesses with slowed traffic and a safe bike lane.
CalTrans makes much of the alleged economic benefits of STAA trucks to some businesses, but never evaluates the impacts on local businesses of the inevitable chain store invasions and urbanization that soon follow highway thoroughfares. The environmental report mentions but never analyzes the impacts of STAA connection from 101 to I-5, so the whole area can be “served,” and developed. It doesn’t analyze the impacts of compressing big redwood tree roots, either.
The RG and Eureka-Arcata corridor projects are wasteful and destructive boondoggles that needlessly threaten our small-town lifestyles with rapid, overwhelming, faceless, exploitative development. Our geography buffers us, and we should exploit it to foster creative socio-economic solutions that enhance, rather than degrade, our quality of life.
With innovative, sustainable local development of our unparalleled recreational, agricultural, fishery, timber, manufacturing and other resources, using emerging energy, transportation (electric vehicles?), communication, and other technologies, we can retain what we love while improving our lot.
Twisty highways are like potholes in a country road. Fix ’em, and trouble follows.
Widening roads is as irreversible as the consequences are inevitable, which we ignore at great peril.
— Ken Miller, McKinleyville In The Journal this week.
This is like the FIND 5 THINGS WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE...
Oh, crap, Mr "Mad River Bluffs Boondoggle" himself has ANOTHER one in the TS! Really toned it up, took out the "If you build potholes trouble will come" crap... his version of I have a dream, I guess.. ☛TS Imagine Humboldt. Channeling Lakoff?
Response: Isolationism is equal to suffocation