“It just about blew me away.” Just a quote from Bob Parlette. It never ceases to amaze me how our state can cry broke, going to shut down the government if the budget isn’t passed, with frivolous projects like the Loop Trail. I am not anti-bike, but when I see this kind of money acquired for this project, it just blows me away. I have talked with our state senator about a secure shelter for people who catch the train in Wenatchee during winter hours, a quality boat ramp at Fish Lake (not a bulldozer trail) and if they did install one, it would have an access fee.
It also just blows me away that there never is enough money to go around. So I ask, since this is state-owned land, is there going to be a Discover Pass required to help pay their way? After all, the Lincoln Rock boat launch requires one — sportsmen don’t mind pulling their load. Or is this supposed to be a freebie? The $400,000 from Washington State Parks? Hold on a minute — how soon we forget — State Parks can’t hold its own way, and they are giving away this much money without requiring a Discover Pass. Open your eyes, people.
George D. Rainha
The light within
The Orwellian overtones of the putative “N-word” as a cultural “scarlet A” are farcical if they were not so frightening. It is troubling at best to assign weighted degrees of ignominy to words that are endemic to a particular culture (in this case, U.S. English).
Every language has cultural nuances peculiar to its own societal norms. It is frightening at best to assign “word police” to any culture, as if ignorance and hate can be modulated by verbal utterances.
As a native Southerner who has witnessed the heinous behavior of the KKK and other such groups that foment evil, I came to realize that the real culprit is those intrinsic character flaws that fuel hate and its attendant “hate words.” These cultural blemishes flourish over time, in all cultures (Native Americans, Latinos, Middle Easterners and some European cultures). It is no secret that the Irish immigrants who first came to America after the potato famine of the mid-1800s were (and some still are) assaulted by such words as “Mick,” and “Paddy” (these were the clean ones). The majority of the victims on board the infamous Titanic were Irish traveling third class in the lower levels of the ship. They were left to die as the more patrician English (and American) travelers were given access to life boats.
It is not the abolition of words that will remedy hate but the education of our progeny by being role models of tolerance and proponents and advocates of basic human decency, expunging hate vernacular.
The assignment of guilt predicated on lexicon is intellectually insipid. The world is a big place with such countries as Indonesia, with over 200 separate dialects, and Mandarin with its 50,000 characters capable of producing any number of unacceptable words depending on word juxtaposition or tone.
It is not the “alphabet police” who will expunge hateful words but the inculcation of decency into our children. In essence, it is the acceptance of a spiritual presence in all of our fellow humans. As the Hindus say, “Nemaste.” (I salute the light within you.)
I may be the only critical voice regarding the Pybus Market but after a couple of visits, what I feel is lacking is ambience. Ambience is the intangible “something” that makes people want to spend time (and money) in a place and draws them back again and again.
The Wenatchee Valley Farmers’ Market at the foot of Fifth adjoining the park, where you could buy fruit, sit at a picnic table under a shady tree, watch people and listen to music, had ambience.
Today during a visit to Pybus, the sun was bright, the temperature was soaring into the high 80s, and there was a brisk breeze. I had iced coffee at Rivet but the seating area was in the sun next to the busy street. The table umbrellas weren’t open due to wind. I had no desire to linger. I walked to the booths which were situated along the busy street without a drop of shade. I cut my stroll short and went inside. Although cooler, it felt about as inviting as an airplane hangar. A few businesses were closed and it had an empty feeling. That intangible, but important ingredient, “ambience,” is missing.
Positioning Rivet’s seating on the river side, would provide shade from the trailer, less noise from the street and more ambience.
Locating outside booths to the back of the market would reduce the feeling of being in a traffic zone, provide shade from the building and add the ambience of park and river.
Opening the market’s hangar-like doors would facilitate a flow in and out and tie the booths to the market and create synergy.
Stringing a false ceiling with low-wattage lights would give a feeling of intimacy and reduce the cavernous feeling inside.
An eye for adding ambience could be employed to great benefit. It may be too late — but maybe not.
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