Thursday, July 11, 2002
Arrgh! My kingdom for a real newspaper around here.
Hey, I''m not stupid; I''m not expecting a New York Times or Washington Post, but would it hurt to have a paper whose columnists don''t have their brains leaking from their ears like warm strawberry Jello?
The park that the City of Monterey built for Morgan''s Coffee & Tea? Built for us? (Squid, July 4-11) What kind of irresponsible "journalism" is this? If I want @#&^% drivel like this I''ll blow half a buck on the @#&^%-ing Herald, thank you very much. The City of Monterey''s 400-plus employees step nary a foot into Morgan''s, let alone break into committees to figure out how best to build parks for us.
Don''t believe me? Here, let me prove it to you. How about I wield my formidable influence to get something really noteworthy accomplished? Watch this:
Hey Mr. Mayor! Yoohoooo! Daannnny! Yo, Coach!! Whaddya say you give up on this idiotic notion of your new 17-million dollar City Hall? You know, the joke we all refer to as "Fred''s (City Manager Fred Meurer) Folly." Come on, Big Guy-Coach-Let''s lose this one for the Gipper.
Our schools are bankrupt and closing, and no one can figure out why a town of less than 30,000 people needs a seventeen million dollar City Hall. Let''s be fiscally responsible, Dan. Maybe this sort of monstrosity makes sense in our city manager''s own residence town of Salinas, but certainly not in here Monterey. Okay, Dan? Danny? Hellooo?
See? Now that''s clout.
Save the Tree
Arbor Day reminded me that there is a flowering plum tree behind the old county jail in Salinas. It apparently was planted and dedicated to someone, some County Sheriff or deputy; does anyone remember who that was? Or when? The County is preparing to tear out the tree, saying, "there is no significant vegetation near the old jail." In the process they will be tearing down the old jail.
We need to be better informed, and our representatives need to make a better effort at discovering the good in the past before they destroy the evidence.
Remember the demolished Caminos Hotel in Old Town...it is still just a hole in the ground, and an embarrassment to us all. It seems to me a community begins to mature when it honors its past.
The old County jail might be saved for reuse like Santa Cruz and other places have done. Let the Supervisors and City Council know that you want them to give our old downtown buildings another chance. For the jail you can call the County switchboard at 755-5000, and ask to leave a message for your area''s Supervisor.
MARK E. NORRIS/SALINAS
Article Should Have Named Every Single Female Cop
I am a peace officer within Monterey County. I want to voice a complaint about the article written by Brett Wilbur ["Police Stories," June 27-July 3]. While it is a good article, it leaves out many female peace officers who are also assign-ed to, and work in Monterey County.
These excluded women also carry firearms and risk their lives to protect this county.
It is not right to write an article about female peace officers and only show four women from four departments when many other women work for many other departments in Monterey County. If you are going to tell a story you should tell the whole story.
The other excluded women work for the following law enforcement agencies in Monterey county, and they are: Sheriff''s Dept, Probation Dept, Highway Patrol, Dept of Corrections, Marina Public Safety, Carmel PD, Soledad PD, Greenfield PD, Gonzales PD, Sand City PD, CSUMB PD, Monterey Airport PD, NPGS PD, POM PD, and Federal PD. I''m sure when they read the article they thought to themselves...what about me? I serve this county too!