A lot of people are in an uproar — well, maybe it's just me, and you other folks are mesmerized by your televisions — about our downtown park, Pack Square, being fenced off for renovations for years, while the projected cost of this curiously noncity project escalates from 6 million to 27 million dollars.
A $450,000 veterans memorial is to be built in the park. Those folks in charge of the renovations, who are paid over $200,000 a year, somehow were not aware of the planned $230,000 veterans memorial — now newly completed — at Memorial Stadium, three-quarters of a mile away.
My idea is for a living memorial to our veterans, many of whom are still living. Go visit the local VA hospital and imagine building a $450,000 memorial on the lawn outside, while funding for VA hospitals dwindles as the ranks of wounded veterans skyrocket — due to Bush's illegal war. The costs, in trillions of dollars for this war — and for the care of our wounded vets for the next 60 years — boggles the mind and will cripple our fine nation, regardless of the current economic meltdown.
My proposed monument would be made of living people. Picture 10 or 20 women, dressed in black, standing silently by Vance Monument every Friday from 5 to 6 p.m.
The city of Asheville could give this group a grant of, say, $300 a week, to be our living monument. If 15 women participate, that's $20 an hour for each — a living wage! And this righteous group of women could donate the $300 to the city of Asheville, which certainly could use the money. A win-win situation, no?
— Catherine Wheel