Wednesday, September 30, 2015


Rep Schmick's agenda and tactics to close a major portion of the JWPT have been pretty well exposed over the last few days.  Personally, I cannot interpret his actions as anything other than corrupt, and I cannot stand by and just watch.

I have been clumsily getting my feet wet.  At first, I felt like I was spinning my wheels. Then, recently, I feel like I have been gaining some traction.  But it could also go backwards.

There is a public plan taking shape, though.  It will be a battle, and an uphill one, at that.  But I am so encouraged by the roster of highly capable and influential people that are getting involved.

I wouldn't be throwing down, if I didn't think we could win this.

1 comment:

Typotherium said...

Thank god for typos.

But, isn't the trail is already officially closed "from the Columbia River to the Columbia River," just as the bill declared?

Maybe the reaction to the closure could OPEN that section, with a repaired (or new) bridge. And while we're at it, maybe unlock a few gates (or build easy stiles)...and unearth a few toothy farm implements currently blocking the path.

Schmick's theories are contradictory. He says the trail is underfunded, so wants to underfund it more. He says the trail is underused in its present condition, so wants to make it even less attractive. Nobody uses the trail, and yet those nobodies are somehow committing crimes. And of course, closing the trail will end the crime, because criminals respect laws like closure.

An alternative theory: When trails are outlawed, only outlaws use trails.

JWT is a regional resource that will better local communities with reasonable development that increases access while preserving the trail's idiosyncratic charms. So much to lose, perhaps forever, with a closure.