Sore winners, God and the Chinese in today’s letters to the editor.
Pick of the day: Keep the mountain’s ‘doers’ going
As vice chairman and a long-serving member of the Mill Mountain Advisory Committee, I am quite concerned about the future of our committee. There is a movement afoot among certain members of Roanoke City Council to make MMAC an adhoc committee. In this condition, the committee would lie fallow until summoned by council to respond to a particular issue.
In other words, the committee would become reactive rather than proactive.
Here is a sampling of some of the issues and projects the committee has been involved with over the years:
>> Plantings of American chestnut trees on the summit of Mill Mountain (completed).
>> Restoration of the historic toll gate and booth (completed).
>> Construction of the outdoor classroom in the wildflower garden (completed).
>> Repairs to the stone wall running along Prospect Road (under discussion).
>> The Mill Mountain trail system (completed).
None of these was initiated by city council.
With regular meetings and the free exchange of ideas, the committee has been able to stay abreast of evolving issues impacting the mountain. Should it become ad hoc, it will lose its focus, continuity and institutional memory.
As the cliche goes, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”
RICHARD L. CLARK