Originally Posted by gyrogyrl
@gh Its an interesting project, with some unknowns.....
How would you feel if your mother lived in Coaldale, or Cotopaxi and had a heart attack, but couldn't get medical attention because the highway was clogged bumper to bumper with people looking at Cristo's art? Or what if your ranch near Texas Creek caught fire after a lightning strike and the fire trucks couldn't get there because people were looking at Cristo's art?
Here is a letter to the editor (one of many lately) of the Mountain Mail that echoes my sentiments:
Drape fabric on both sides of bridge
I have really tried to stay out of the fray on "Over the River." But, it has become painfully apparent after reading MJB's opinion Aug. 3 that this whole thing is far more about money than it is art.
I don't think that this qualifies as art either, but I agree art is in the eye of the beholder.
MJB and others who have written about the revenue it would bring apparently would sell their sole or their children, or their mothers for the right price.
They don't live in the canyon. They don't drive it every day to earn their living. They really don't care about the wildlife. They really don't care about the safety of those of us who do.
They don't care about the inconvenience of 2 years of delays to those of us who do. They really don't care about the cleanup afterward.
To the advocates, this is about attaching themselves to Christo's coattails and making a buck. I'm angry with this whole project!
It's apparent that when money is involved, those of us who live in the canyon and drive it should just shut up and sit in the corner quietly.
Well, hogwash, people!
My life and the lives of everyone down the canyon is worth far more than this project. I will not accept a delay caused by this insane project that could be prevented.
I know many people in the canyon who could at a moment's notice need medical care and every second counts. Would all of you advocates risk your loved ones life for a buck?
If you were delayed just 5 minutes by something that could be prevented and you lost a loved one would you just say, "Oh well, the county and the city and the hotels made a buck on it?"
I truly hope and pray the decision makers on this project will put the safety, inconvenience and animals rights and habitat, far ahead of the dollars and "Just Say No to Christo."
Tell him to drape his fabric on both sides of the F Street Bridge and see how everyone in town likes that. I think it would look lovely.
It is also my understanding that it they are going to have to haul in 75-85 port-o-potties to accomodate all the increase in traffic...