Thursday, May 18, 2006

Letter to the Editor

The following was published in today's Oregonian:

It may come as a shock to some that those of us who live near, and spend time in, the Sandy River Delta are not excited about Maya Lin’s proposed monumental monstrosity. For the past six months, I have gone there nearly every day with my dogs to enjoy the peace and serenity of the rivers and the environs, enjoying the birds and wildlife, and now, wildflowers.

You can walk along the trail and observe birds everywhere. You do not need a blind. Take an identification book and a little Lewis and Clark pamphlet and you will know more than a piece of wood slat will be able to tell you. Why do we want to bring in tourists in flip flops to drop fast food wrappers all over the place. The Delta is beautiful as is. Every time I am there, I think of Lewis and Clark and how they must have felt finding this astonishing place. Why change it into something it was not for them and now will be only another futile effort to honor a spot that is its own monument.

Maya Lin is no friend of the environment. It was an interesting juxtaposition to feature a photo of her 2x4 Landscape of mutilated trees on Earth Day. The money donated to her projects would be better spent to address the issue of global warming. She seems only interested in preserving her own legacy, rather than letting Mother Nature pay tribute to herself.


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