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KALAKALA: Consider a better option

Letter by Eric K. Chandler, Lakewood on Dec. 20, 2011 at 11:43 am with No Comments »
December 20, 2011 12:48 pm

Move the Kalakala to New York (TNT, 12-20)? We have several marine sanctuaries in the Puget Sound; why not clean the Kalakala up so it meets environmental standards for use as an artificial reef and put it where it will do the most good for our fisheries and, ultimately, our economy?

That should cost a lot less and be more of a benefit to nature and society than having it be a floating restaurant.

The U.S. Navy has provided several ships to accomplish this, most recently the aircraft carrier USS Oriskany in 2006. As Mike Hajek, chairman of the Oriskany Reunion Association said at the time of the ship’s placement, “She fought valiantly not to become scrap,” Hajek said. “She was built to serve and protect. She did that with dignity. She’ll create new life. Could you ask for anything better than that?”

The Kalakala, to this point, has beaten the odds as well, and should end its days in a fitting tribute to its work done here on the West Coast – not the East. What better way than sustaining sea life in the sound?

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