Fuzzy Skies May 22, 2014

When is Downtown No Longer Downtown; What is 100 Percent Juice; Where are the Innovations from Charter Schools; Not Benghazie Again;  Give Monica Lewinsky Some Space

East Wenatchee Downtown? As a newcomer I didn’t know East Wenatchee claimed a downtown until I read it in the newspaper. There may have been one surrounding Ninth Street and Valley Mall Parkway, but people, it’s gone forever.

East Wenatchee envisions a beautiful Gateway to welcome people into our beautiful community at that intersection. It takes a mighty vision.

A gas station has practically begged for private money to transform it. Instead nearby businesses have fled, leaving empty storefronts and low-income businesses.

The City plans to buy the gas station and seek ideas. People have offered plenty of ideas, but little, if any, money.

Planning Commissioners recommended the Council transform the area’s small off-street parking lot into a 20 ft. x 40 ft. mini-mall for community events like a car-wash. Admittedly, that’s not a Gateway destination.

The only remodel building is a Christian charity’s free medical and dental clinic for the homeless and uninsured. The charity may have chosen the site because it could raise money by holding car washes at the 20 ft. by 40 ft. mini-mall. That’s charitable, but not a Gateway destination.

But listen up. East Wenatchee’s decade long record of success and the thriving commerce south, east and north of the envisioned Gateway almost guarantedd the City will make the envisioned Gateway a reality.

But the first step is to quit saying East Wenatchee has a downtown. It has a Nascent Gateway.

100 Percent Juice. I saw a TV ad with two men in coveralls standing hip deep in their cranberry bog. I can’t envision buying their juice because they’re standing hip deep in their bog.

They promoted it as ‘100 percent juice.’ That makes their product seem worse. They crush the cranberries, throw them away and keep the juice. Fruit juices are so concentrated in addictive sugar they lead to obesity according to nutritionists like Dr. Jonny Bowden, the ‘Rogue Nutritionist’ of media fame and multiple books. He recommends eliminating all fruit juice from your diet. Even if men don’t stand in their bogs.

So what’s in the less-than-100 percent juice?

Addtives, sweetners and preservatives according to the definition by the Mayo Clinic’s  Katherine Zeratsky. Juice makers stop adding unmentionables to unhealthy sugar water and we buy it believing it’s better. Don’t hurt the cranberries. Label them 100 percent coddled cranberries.

Innovation From Charter Schools. The Seattle Times and New York Times report Charter school supporters and opponents agree the Charter school movement has not produced changes in regular classrooms after years of experience. Despite claims of success, only a few ideas seem to work: more hours of class time, smaller high schools and greater authority for principals. Washingtonians should have known that without the expense of a Charter school initiative for five years.

Oh No, Not Benghazi Again. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) is chair of yet another committee about Benghazi. He has 16 years of experience as a county prosecutor. Speaker of the House Boehner said it will be a “serious investigation.” But Gowdy called it a trial on MSNBC when asked if the committee might work until November 2016: “if an administration is slow-walking document production, I can’t end a trial simply because the defense won’t cooperate.” That would be such a fiasco I might enjoy campaign ads instead

Oh No, Not Monica Lewinsky Again. Monica Lewinsky was back in the news disputing Hillary Clinton’s view of her affair with President Clinton. Lewinsky’s main point seemed to be the affair was consensual.

David Letterman asked Barbara Walters about her interview with Lewinsky. Walters said Lewinsky has remained out of view while being unable to get a fulfilling job despite credentials like a masters from the London School of Economics. Walters gained respect for Lewinsky’s answer when asked what she’d tell her children: “Mommy made a big mistake.”  The Clintons have moved on, Walters said. We as a public have moved on. My family has moved on about my past mistakes. But she’s stuck in our minds as that young White House aide.

Letterman apologized about his past comments, ”I feel bad about my role in helping push the humiliation to the point of suffocation.”

“Good, then we can stop it,” said Walters.

“You’re wiser than I am,” said Letterman and switched topics.

They’re both wiser than me. It’s time to give her the courtesy to move on.

About Russellsclearskies

Writing to poke fun at a retired klutz like me who's curiously exploring the absurdities and complexities of the good life. .
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2 Responses to Fuzzy Skies May 22, 2014

  1. Jim, I don’t have a lot of answers, but I do on the subject of old gas stations. As a car collector, I would love to have one. They generally have a workable hydraulic lift, lots of parking space, and are relaively easy to clean. To make my wife, Audi, happier, they also have walls around the toilets (I have a toilet in my shop, but no walls around it. 99% of the folks in my shop are male, and don’t really care.) The great drawback is the Superfund legislation that holds the current owner of a facility responsible for any form of pollution, known or as yet unknown, emanating from a location, the responsibility of the current owner. A friend of mine bought one, and then set up a Cayman Islands Corporation to own it just for that problem – expensive, but good insurance. I would never reommend the purchase of an oldgas station, even though for us, they are great facilities. Pete Reinthaler

  2. Terry says:

    Jim, Enjoy your insight and research on a variety of subjects. Have you taken on the VA yet? Why not eliminate the mess, bureaucracy and wasted $$$ entirely and give vets a gov’t paid credit card to be used at already existing medical facilities.


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