On March 11, a massive 9.0-magnitude offshore earthquake triggered a tsunami, a super-wave 30 feet high, moving at the speed of a jet airliner. Minutes later, that wave slammed into the northeastern coast of Japan, washing over low-lying areas, destroying everything in its path, killing untold thousands, devastating the national economy, and wrecking a nuclear power plant, with effects that are not yet known. How cruel and ironic that the only nation ever to be attacked with atomic weapons should again be so devastated and threatened by the nuclear cloud. Their suffering, live via satellites and cell phones, is deeply disturbing.
The proposed widening of Interstate 5 has triggered renewed discussion of how to expand the use of public transportation so as to reduce the need for ever-more freeway lanes.
By Gordon Clanton North Coast columnist Crest Canyon Open Space Park Preserve is a regional treasure, an exquisite wonderland of steep, orange sandstone cliffs and slopes dense with fragrant coastal sage scrub and southern maritime chaparral. Lying between Del Mar and Del Mar Hills, Crest Canyon is carpeted with California buckwheat, bush sunflower, lemonadeberry, prickly-pear [...]
By Gordon Clanton
North Coastal columnist
A young basketball coach took his first job at a small college. Moving into his office, he found on his desk three sealed envelopes and a note from his predecessor that read: “If things go badly, open one envelope at the end of each season.”
The first season was a disaster, so the young coach opened the first envelope and found a note that read: “Blame me.”