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Editor From The Front Lines!
Editor: Re Hetch Hetcy ripoff by San
Francisco City Hall. (10/01/02) - Congratulations on your Yosemite
News columns, all first-class nature themed journalism on little known
NPS historic doings. With so few periodicals geared toward presenting
the historic record gathered in one place, your work is a treasure
trove for intellectual lovers of Yosemite's natural and human history.
I am referring all those I know to your columns, news reports, features,
and historic insights. - - Tina Martinelli, Vermont
Editor: Re 1791 Cornerstone. (08/13/01)
- I would like to express my concerns about the District boundary
stone in Alexandria Virginia's Jones Point Park.
The Wilson Bridge Project is
taking steps to ensure this remarkable artifact remains not only
part of our past but also part of our future.
The cornerstone marks the location George
Washington designated as the southernmost point of the District.
It was placed in 1791 under the order of Benjamin Banneker, an African
American who was one of the primary surveyors of our nation's capital.
Unfortunately, the stone's significance
is largely unknown because it is difficult to get to and it is enclosed
in an unmarked concrete bunker. Although the new bridge will be
more than 400 feet away, and construction will not approach the
site, the Wilson Bridge Project, along with the National
Service and the Mount Vernon Chapter
of the Daughters of the American Revolution, is doing riverbank
improvement, seawall repair and landscaping adjacent to the Jones
Point Lighthouse where this stone is located.
The vault in which the cornerstone sits
will be rebuilt to increase airflow and to decrease the deterioration
rate of the stone, which now is eroded by the Potomac River.
Visits to the landmark will be enriched
by improved access, signs explaining the stone's historic significance
and a replica that will be placed close by the stone but in a more
- Thomas Heil, Alexandria, VA
Editor: Re Energy Crisis. (07/09/01) - How many times does
the nation have to suffer through the heavy handed tactics such
as centrally imposed price caps before Americans wise up?
The task of an economist is to see that
which is not seen, as much as it is to measure that which produces
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission understood
the consequences of imposing caps.
That's simply Economics 101. Rolling
blackouts in Nevada and the rest of the West were planned.
Radical environmentalists and other socialist
activists don't have the preservation of the environment as their
Rather, they seek the kind of interstate
and community warfare that FERC has created.
Likewise, most politicians and government
bureaucrats view this kind of turmoil as yet more insurance against
any loss of their power. And I'm not speaking of electricity.
Is there no one left in government and
its massive complex who any longer believes in free market capitalism
and democracy? Or, are they all simply thieves?
- - Robert L. Lowe Jr. Las Vegas