27, 1998 |
'Bayonne, battleship; Imperfect together,' (column, 6/22).
'Imperfect together' seems to be the most
appropriate slogan I have heard on the subject.
The idea that that location can compete with
the downtown New York City location of the USS Intrepid Naval
Museum is, at best, far-fetched! When compared with what is offered
and already largely prepared at the Camden Waterfront area, the
Bayonne location is further away from ideal than I had ever suspected.
The C-P's trip certainly points that out.
Now it is time for some of the foot-draggers in South Jersey
to stand up and be counted. Foremost in that category is the
Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA). If the subject was brought
up at its recent commissioners' meeting, it was not reported.
The DRPA should recognize the fact that even
if it gave only verbal support to the placement of the USS New
Jersey on the Camden side of the river, including that in its
publicity releases would help immeasurably.
Financial support would be even more important.
On a regular basis, the authority announces all sorts of money
being given to such programs as Nipper, the aerial tram, the
shipyard and dozens of other programs to help develop the Port
Isn't the battleship museum at least equal
in importance? Camden is more in need of a project like this
than any other that has been mentioned in a long time that would
benefit the city. If nothing is done toward this goal, then that
is exactly what the city and area will gain: Nothing!
Let us not forget that the Battleship Commission
is a North Jersey venture in its mind. It has dominated the Legislature
in Trenton in making it sound like theirs is the only solution
- Bayonne - and that it is nonnegotiable, as quoted by the four-stripe
captain (now retired) in command.
Speak up, South Jersey. Time is of the essence.
D.J. DORFLINGER SR.