After reading my column last week, the excellent Don Matt told me, “You make despair sound like a rational and thoughtful process of reductionist resignation. Your words are like a Chinese finger puzzle. I got to the end [of your column] and my sunny disposition had strangled me into believing my optimism was a problem.”
There has been a lot in the press lately about overt, unwanted noise. Someone suggested that the noise abatement policy not only apply to motorcycles, but extend to things like lawnmowers, weed eaters, leaf blowers, etc. As I understand it, originally the complaints were about tourists deciding not to return to Eureka Springs because of the noise. I have yet to hear of a tourist deciding not to return because he/she was bothered by someone mowing a lawn or blowing leaves off a sidewalk.
In our struggle against SWEPCO’s unwarranted and destructive power line, it seems that Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act is our best friend. It protects valuable historic properties from wanton destruction by governmental agencies or corporations if what they plan to do requires permits to cross government lands or waterways. It seems that if the US Army Corps of Engineers does its job properly, it must be in compliance with Section 106, and cannot, except in the most dire necessity with no reasonable alternatives, allow the power line to be built where it would damage the Trail of Tears or imperil the future of the National Battlefield Park at Pea Ridge.
In the Nov. 18 issue of Fortune magazine, I read a piece outlining how Seattle, Washington, aims to follow in the footsteps of San Francisco and Portland, Ore., to aim for ZERO WASTE that will reduce the negative impact of landfills.