This is a guest post by James Lauren aka James Allen-Polley. It is a facebook status update that I thought when straight to some big issues facing us all. Here is James.
“I have refrained from political posts for a while. West, TX changes that for me. West is why we have the EPA. West is why you should be scared shirtless of Rand Paul, Ron Paul, and other proponents of corporate deregulation.
35 people are dead as a result of corporate negligence and deceit. Many more are injured. First responders will be covered in chemical burns, and 10 first responders are already included in that death toll.
My heart goes out to Boston, but Boston is an act of madness, we cannot prevent the events precipitating the decision to Bomb a marathon.
What we can do is start having man hunts for people who profit off risking the lives of their workers, and start charging the responsible parties with manslaughter. The truest punishment for these people is not a fine, but to have to admit and explain to the world that they are responsible for the deaths of dozens, injuries to hundreds, and for hitting a community to its core.
Then again, nothing changed and no one cared after Upper Big Branch took 30 lives, nothing why should anything change now?”
Elkhorn City is located on one of the most famous and well traveled bicycle Trails in the United States.
This is the first post in a series highlighting the Trails in and around Elkhorn City, Kentucky.
The Elkhorn City River Walk—also called The Blue Line Trail, referring to the City’s railroad past—was constructed by local residents and artists from all over the world. The theme of this scenic 15 minute walk is the protection of the natural environment that residents hold dear. The entire community—children, youth, adults, and retirees—worked together to revitalize their town.
Let’s take a walk.
The first stop is the (1) Red Caboose & Wm. Ramey Historical Marker and (2) Waterfront Park, a bird habitat with viewing decks above the Russell Fork River. An artist from Japan used stone from a local quarry and concrete to make (3) sculptural seating benches, behind the US Bank (4) The Nature Garden and Butterfly Habitat, designed by a California artist, contains native plants from the region. Ducks swim under the bridge and fish break the water surface as they feed.
Fishing, swimming, picnicking, sunbathing and inner-tubing area is part of a day’s play here at the Waterfront Park.
Don’t miss the (5) Children’s Mural with a child’s eye view of local nature as you head toward the Historic District via the (6) Walking Trestle Bridge across the river. Visit (7) the Railroad Museum on the other side and if you’re lucky talk to a retired railroad worker. Continue toward Main Street and the public library, a good source of family genealogy; (8) the Old Bank Building; and (9) the Artists’ Collaborative Theatre with its seasonal schedule of plays. Nearby is the Daniel Boone Historical Marker.
Turn left and you are on Charles Cantrell Bridge, heading back to the Waterfront Park.
Next post will be on the 1976 Trans-America Bicycle Trail which travels through the heart of the downtown Elkhorn City running along West Russell Street and turning on Patti Loveless Drive running toward the Breaks Interstate Park