Fast Focus: 'What would you like the future of the Hanford Reach Monument to be?' Coming full circle

April 6, 2014 

There is a delightful poem by Portland poet Henry Carlile entitled Off Port Townsend, One Month Before the Arrival of the U.S.S. Ohio where he wishes the nuclear sub "safe/in some post-nuclear museum,/a tame nose we might pat/as disarming as the whale's ... ." I thought of Carlile's poem when I read the forum question. Like his nice pun with "disarming," I would hope whoever's ideas for the future of the Hanford Reach would "reach" a conclusion that nothing whatsoever be done with the geography of place other than to return it to its natural beauty.

Wouldn't that be a wonderful achievement? From the horror of war in helping to build a weapon which cremated the enemy's city and its people, the Reach becomes again hospitable for wildlife. Such a project should be applauded, encouraged, and once done, preserved.

And the buildings there? Let them stand as a testament until nature, too, reclaims those structures. We need the ghosts of the Reach. The visual images of two sides to man's capabilities -- one culminating on Aug. 9, 1945, and hopefully today's sweeter alternative of reclamation.

-- BINK OWEN, Walla Walla

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