Skyline Parkway needs significant attention A visitor from the Spokane, Wash., area, I was stunned by the great beauty of Duluth, crowned by the majesty of Lake Superior. However, after reading and viewing photos of Skyline Parkway in historical ...
Skyline Parkway needs
A visitor from the Spokane, Wash., area, I was stunned by the great beauty of Duluth, crowned by the majesty of Lake Superior. However, after reading and viewing photos of Skyline Parkway in historical journals, I found the existing parkway to be disappointing.
My traveling companions and I drove nearly the entire length, from Spirit Mountain to the eastern Seven Bridges Road. We found graffiti, poor road conditions, and views blocked by unattended growth. Also, the route was poorly marked; it virtually disappeared halfway through the journey, and directional signage was poor and in need of updating. That was especially true of the historical markers established by the Kiwanis in the 1970s. They're now barely readable.
Skyline Parkway needs significant attention to become the crown jewel it once was in Duluth's historical past. I'd encourage local government and residents to take the parkway tour and to reflect on what steps could be taken to restore this historical drive.
Don't be short-sighted
by selling Minnehaha window
I've been following the Tiffany window scandal from London with great consternation ("Duluth council OKs sale of Tiffany window," Aug. 26). And I must confess I remain utterly appalled and outraged by the mayor and City Council of Duluth. Moreover, I have been confounded and deeply disappointed in Duluthians for their apparent apathy.
But then a News Tribune opinion page on Sunday, Aug. 31, brimmed with commentary and readers' views in support of the preservation of Minnehaha. I was greatly heartened to see all the support from near and far. It restored my faith in Duluthians. An emotive letter on that page, "Selling window sets a terrible precedent," should have been enough to convince any doubters of the artifact's exposure to the city's children. Other letter writers challenged the moral wisdom of the council's motion to auction this important piece of local history. One letter reminded us that the significance of the window transcends parochial interests. Two women from Superior proved with their commentary the historical folly in its divestiture.
Two centuries ago, the Greeks sold the Parthenon Frieze to a Scottish aristocrat. The Elgin Marbles, as they are widely known, are the centrepiece of the British Museum in London today. For the past 50 years, Greece has been campaigning for the return of its lost masterpiece, so pertinent to the Athenian site for which the piece was created.
If Duluth's Minnehaha window is sold, it might never appear in Duluth again. It takes a short-sighted body politic to discard a piece of heritage for an ephemeral monetary gain. The budget deficit could be redressed through other means.
The writer is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Duluth.
Silence deafening on
NBC's Olympics censorship
The silence was deafening. Was not the NBC Olympics coverage a form of censorship? Do we not extol freedom of the press, of speech, of American rights to make choices? Do we not criticize other nations that hamper the free flow of information?
Allow me to explain.
Virtually the entire world had live TV coverage or online access to Olympic events. We in the United States did not. NBC dictated and manipulated where, when and which events we got to see. Why did we not have unfettered access on the Internet? Why were attempts to watch online through Canada, Sweden, etc., foiled by Internet "fences"?
I understood NBC purchased the rights to the Olympics for $894 million, but I would have paid additional to see things live. Why didn't I have that opportunity?
And why was the media silent on this issue of censorship when they seem so quick to point out other infringements? The silence was deafening.
Thomas B. Wheeler