From DAVE SMITH
Letter to the Editors (AVA,UDJ)
In his Letter to the Editor (UDJ 3/1/11 – see below), John Pearson writes: “I am amazed that so many people would put so much energy into keeping an old building [Ukiah downtown Post Office] in place… Perhaps if these same people would have put these same energies to use we would still have a manufacturing base here in the valley that paid living wages instead of low paying entry wage jobs we now have… Where were they when Masonite was getting ready to close?”
Well, we were right here, John!… desperately protesting the massacre of our forests so we could save them to produce sustainable manufacturing jobs for the long term. We were here protesting the poisoning of our community by Masonite, asking them to clean up their act. Instead, corporate loggers and sawmills ignored our warnings that they were killing future jobs and ruining their welcome. We were right. The jobs are now gone because the forest was raped and ruined. Where the hell were you?
Pearson writes: “Where were they when we entered this godforsaken unwinnable war in the Middle East?”
We were here, protesting along with millions around the globe. We were right. Where the hell were you?
Pearson writes: “We need to get out of the ‘not in my backyard’ mentality that has seized this area for decades.”
Oh, really? Wendell Berry says it best: “There’s a lot of scorn now toward people who say, ‘Not in my backyard’, but the not-in-my-backyard sentiment is one of the most valuable that we have… It’s your own backyard you’re required to protect because in doing so you’re defending everybody’s backyard. It is altogether healthy and salutary.”
And that’s why we want to save the old Post Office that is in our backyard. We are here, trying to hold on to a valued community resource, just as we have been doing here in Mendocino County for many years.
We are organizing to keep it. We are protesting its closure. We are right again. Where the hell are you?
Close the post office
TUESDAY, MARCH 1, 2011
Ukiah Daily Journal
To the Editor:
I am amazed that so many people would put so much energy into keeping an old building in place. Most of them claim it’s a great meeting place and could care less about using it for its intended purpose mailing letters.
When I hear this I think back on Floyd’s barber shop on the old Mayberry show Perhaps if these same people would have put these same energies to use we would still have a manufacturing base here in the valley that paid living wages instead of the low paying entry wage jobs we have now. Why should we as taxpayers who are the ones paying out tons of money in unnecessary monies towards so called entitlement programs when we can’t even keep law enforcement and fire safety at levels that will protect the community.
If these people want a meeting hall I recommend they look into purchasing the site with private funds. This way we can have a modern postal facility on Orchard and they turn up their noses at change people can continue to live in the past. Where were they when Masonite was getting ready to close – oh that’s right, they were protesting the pollution that wasn’t coming out of the boiler plant in the form of steam, the timber industry again they were all about protecting some rotten dead wood and an owl that preferred to live in newer forest because that’s where their food supply is.
Where were they when we entered this godforsaken unwinnable war in the Middle East? I guess they were too busy at the farmer’s market or the coop buying expensive fruits and vegetables to care about some underprivileged kid getting killed because we as a country were afraid of a red herring.
Now they have found a cause – an old worn out building. People it’s time for change and progress. We need to get out of the “not in my back yard” mentality that has seized this area for decades. The only industry we have here now is illegal and illicit drug dealing in the disguise of calling it medicine. Millions in tax free dollars are being made and people are being murdered over it and yet no one wants to do anything about it but threaten to close down an eyesore and dinosaur we have, people with their voices up screaming to all who happen to be in the sound of their voices. We need this worn down old building so I can look at a picture on the wall? Remember people, progress is inevitable, change is a choice.