Freight mobility gets attention

The Cascadia Project had been working to support improvement of highways and railroads that link Portland, Tacoma, Seattle and Vancouver, B.C., so that cargo could move to and from those port cities more efficiently. The project had focused on the Interstate 5 corridor as a "Main Street" for the fast-growing coastal region. Then, Lynn Snodgrass, speaker of the Oregon House of Representatives, suggested an inland corridor also be considered for moving freight north and south, (Cascadia Center Director Bruce) Agnew says. "This project was born in Oregon," he says of the inland corridor idea. Other states and provinces quickly adopted Snodgrass' idea, and the recently formed Washington-British Columbia task force took on the inland corridor as its first initiative, says task force co-chairman Mike Harcourt, former premier of British Columbia. Read More ›

Second train to B.C. on track by autumn

A second daily Amtrak run from Seattle to Vancouver, B.C., through Snohomish County appears likely, possibly as early as this summer. Money to operate the second train to Canada is included in the massive transportation package approved by the Legislature last week, and now only needs the signature of Gov. Gary Locke. He is expected to sign today.....Bruce Agnew, director of the Cascadia Project and former Snohomish City Council member, also worked to start a second Amtrak train. "For Everett, Edmonds and Snohomish County it will be a real benefit," he said Wednesday. Someday there may even be a third Amtrak train to Vancouver, he said. More Amtrak trains, and the arrival of Sound Transit commuter runs between Everett and Seattle by the summer of 2001, is creating a "rail culture," he said. "We're building people's experience of riding the train, both commuter and intercity," he said. "It may help relieve congestion on I-5." Agnew's Cascadia Project encourages the connection of high-speed passenger trains between Vancouver, B.C., and Eugene, Ore., to airports, ferries and local buses. Read More ›

Tunnels suggested as I-5 fix

If you can't widen Interstate 5 through Seattle, or add another highway above it, why not dig down and put in an underground level or two? That's one of Discovery Institute President Bruce Chapman's 15 ideas for improving the flow of people and goods between British Columbia and Oregon. Chapman was looking long range - well into the next century -- during a talk yesterday at a luncheon for national and Pacific Northwest transportation officials as well as members of Congress at the Edgewater Hotel.....Among the suggestions: Extending Sound Transit's commuter rail lines to Olympia and Bellingham; Developing a "Cascadia inland (transportation) corridor" from central British Columbia through Eastern Washington and Eastern Oregon to California, taking the pressure off of I-5; Building a new I-5 bridge across the Columbia River; Replacing Seattle's "seismically challenged" Alaskan Way Viaduct with a tunnel. Chapman said later that the overpass is likely to come down in a strong earthquake. Budgets weren't discussed, but Chapman and his institute suggest tolls and a regional development bank to cover some of the costs. Read More ›

Inventing the Internet again

In the early 1960s, working on America’s second-strike capability, Paul Baran conceived the Internet. Now he wants to save the Net itself. FOR THE FIRST TIME IN HIS LIFE as an engineer, Paul Baran was “scared stiff.” That can happen to people who stumble too close to the abyss of 20th-century history and look over the edge. Born in 1926 Read More ›

Evolution and intelligent design

“Man is the result of a purposeless and natural process that did not have him in mind.” George Gaylord Simpson (1) Where did you come from? Are you the result of a mindless, undirected process, or are you the handiwork of a purposeful Creator? According to several Gallup polls, only about ten percent of the American people believe in Darwin’s Read More ›

“Christian Reunion” Now Available In The Bodleian

On 3 April 1995, five months after release of Light in the Shadowlands, Walter Hooper deposited a “Christian Reunion” document in the Bodleian Library. That happened 31 years after Hooper claims that someone unnamed “discovered” the document — in which Lewis endorses Roman Catholicism. Hooper joined the Roman Catholic Church 20 years after that purported discovery; two years later, in Read More ›

Two Talkers: C. S. Lewis’s Final Version Of “Prayer”

In 1964, the year after C. S. Lewis’s death, two versions of one of his poems were both published for the first time. The version in Letters to Malcolm, completed before Lewis’s death, is obviously what he intended. That makes the version in Poems, edited by Walter Hooper, a puzzle wrapped in an enigma. Hooper claims in C. S. Lewis: Read More ›

“Early Prose Joy” Not Available In The Bodleian

There are three stages now in the deepening mystery of the elusive Lewis manuscript that Walter Hooper calls the “Early Prose Joy.” It all began on p. 113 of C. S. Lewis: A Biography by Roger Lancelyn Green and Walter Hooper. There Hooper revealed that he had in his possession a 72-page document written by C.S. Lewis in 1930, when Read More ›

Was Gervase Mathew Really In The Inklings In 1939? by E. Shyaty

Walter Hooper claims that Gervase Mathew heard C. S. Lewis read The Dark Tower at an Inklings meeting. But there is no evidence that Gervase Mathew was in the Inklings in 1939 or 1940, and there is evidence from Lewis that he was not. On 3rd February 1940 Lewis wrote to Warren: “The Inklings is now very well provided, with Read More ›

More on C. S. Lewis’s Favorite Bad Writer

by Perry Bramlett Very Bad Poetry (eds Kathryn Peters & Ross Petras, Vintage,1997). Back cover: “Being a compendium of the worst verse ever written in English – including such (mercifully) forgotten classics as “The Stuttering Lover”, “Ode on the Mammoth Cheese”, “An Elegy to a Dissected Puppy,” and the immortal “The Dentologia — A Poem on the Diseases of the Read More ›