As of Saturday, March 30, 2013
The Dalles View worries
To the editor:
While reading the proposal for a 20-by-4-foot wall to enlarge the veterans’ memorial at Kelly Viewpoint, my first reaction was, “Oh no. Not another obstacle to block the view.” I went on to read Carolyn Wood’s comment, so I know I’m not the only one who has this concern. The panoramic view there is a major attribute of The Dalles. I am indebted to veterans and am all for honoring their memory. However, I believe this grand view should be honored and preserved. You may say, get out of your car if you want to enjoy the view. Not everyone is able-bodied enough to do that.
In hindsight, the memorials should have been placed on the Scenic Drive side of the lot. But that is past and they’re not going to be moved now. However, a master plan could (and should) be done. A plan that would tie the memorials together, not block any more of the view and not look piecemeal.