Thursday, January 11, 2007

"An Archeological Treasure is Giving Way to Corndog Stands"

Proving again that historical preservation is an issue that can unite liberals and conservatives, KDKA's Fred Honsberger recently interviewed John Quigley of the PA Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources LINK, and Michael Nixon and Richard Lang with the Fort Pitt Preservation Society LINK.

When confronted by a "shocked" Hons Man on the propriety of "converting a historical park to carnival use," Quigley reflexively and repeatedly cited local community input over forty public meetings, "at least one of which" dealt with historical issues. Nixon and Lang later disputed those points, saying the meetings were "by invitation only." Besides which, no one in their "wildest nightmares" thought Point State Park renovations overseen by state conservation watchdogs would entail such liberal use of bulldozers.

It was remarkable to hear Fred so hung up on the cutting of trees. I'd like to note that there's a fair chance that George Washington might have been tied to one of those trees, when he was captured by the French.

1 comment:

  1. The meetings about the make over of Point State Park in the past were a joke. They were some that were with invite only. That sucks. I protested.

    The organizers there are liars.

    I watched and witnessed that folly.

    I asked to speak, as did others. We had the door slammed in our faces.

    They had and still have their heads up someone's butt -- and this is typical of acts and pain caused by the Allegheny Conference.

    We knew that this was bad, bad news.

    It is funny to hear Honz Man now and his complains about how Marty Griffin (also of KDKA radio) rail about being too little, too late in calls to stop a project.

    The root problem: nobody in power around here knows how to do community involvement. Soon we'll have no roots.