FAIRHAVEN PARK, YUGOSLAVIA, and IRAQ
by Vago Damitio
There was a whole network of jumps and dirt tracks back there, not anymore.You can expect to see a few more kids hanging out on Railroad Avenue because their bike jumps got plowed over.
Those jumps looked like a lot of work to build, but I suppose it’s more important to build more crappy looking planned communities with generic looking homes. You would think the homeowners around here would take up arms against developers. Every tree that gets cut lowers the potential value of homes because it diminishes the tourism potential of the area. That means home values will remain steady or drop depending on how available affordable housing becomes.
I want to own a home someday but not in Compton, and not in an overdeveloped Stepford neighborhood. I wish Bellingham would put a moratorium on new development. Buy back any undeveloped land and turn it into parks and playgrounds and historic markers, and tourist information booths. I’m worried about that road but at least theres nobody shooting at us or dropping bombs on our country.
In Kosovo, however, a lot of people are dying every day. Ethnic Albanians want to be independent of Serbia. Serbia doesn’t want that. There is no easy solution. Gross human rights violations are being made. I’m afraid we’ll just start dropping bombs like we’ve done with Iraq. The Iraq bombing campaign has been sustained longer than any other US strike since Vietnam. We’ve been bombing them a few times a week! Nobody really talks about it anymore. We are killing people. Stop for a second and think about it. That’s what bothers me…nobody is thinking about it.
It deserves a moment..at least. What are we trying to accomplish? To overthrow the regime? Or to just have somebody to bomb? It’s crazy. Real people with real families, real loves, hates, jobs, hopes and fears are dying as a result of our bombs and sanctions. I’m sure of that, but I’m not sure why. If you know, fill me in. I wonder if some country might “accidentally” launch something at us. China is upset, Italy is mad, Iraq and all the Arab countries are a bit sore over this whole bombing thing…Maybe on the eve of Y2K Mother Russia will get her last laugh…oops! sorry, it’s our computers, don’t retaliate…please…we didn’t have the money to fix em..honest….