Skip to comments.Ninth Street Bridge could be renamed to honor Rachel Carson
Posted on 12/05/2005 4:15:08 AM PST by Ditto
Rachel Carson, a driving force behind the modern environmental movement, grew up in a modest homestead in Springdale Borough near the Allegheny River. For the budding marine biologist, the river's waters were an early inspiration.
Now, more than four decades after Ms. Carson's death, her presence may return to those waters.
Allegheny County Council tomorrow will consider renaming the Ninth Street Bridge in her honor. If the resolution is approved, Ms. Carson would join Roberto Clemente and Andy Warhol as namesakes for the three Downtown "Sister Bridges" that cross the Allegheny.
"This is long overdue," said Esther L. Barazzone, president of Chatham College, Ms. Carson's alma mater and home of the Rachel Carson Institute. "People realize that Rachel Carson is truly world class. We need to strengthen our connection to her."
Ms. Carson's 1962 book, "Silent Spring," criticized the harmful effects of pesticides, sparking a prolonged battle with the chemical industry. In 1970, six years after Ms. Carson's death, the federal government founded the Environmental Protection Agency. Two years later, the government banned the use of the pesticide DDT in the United States.
"Silent Spring" also pushed many people to rethink their connection with the natural world.
"It was wonderful. It inspired me," said Ron Meyers, a former visiting assistant professor with Chatham's environmental studies program. "It showed the courage of environmentalists."
"Silent Spring'' has been translated into almost every known language, according to Fiona Fisher, interim executive director of the Rachel Carson Homestead, a national historical landmark on Marion Avenue in Springdale.
"She used science in a way that ordinary people could understand," Ms. Fisher said. "People began to question what was being done."
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It is just wrong to honor this woman.
There is no limit to the insanity in Pittsburgh.
Has the County Council there run out of important work to do? Isnt there a bridge in Springdale to name for her? What a joke!!!!!!!!
How about a memorial to all the blind children who would otherwise have their sight if it weren't for this evil woman.
6 posts and no pancake pics?
Why do you want pankakes? To celebrate the needless deaths of millions of children?
Oops; my mistake. I was thinking Rachel CORRIE.
Pancakes? I don't need no stinking pancakes.
Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, Inc.
The following resolution was approved on a nearly unanimous vote during the 2004 AAPS General Assembly in Portland, Oregon, October 13-16, as the official opinion of this national association representing thousands of physicians and surgeons in private practice in the United States.
RESOLUTION 61-02, 2004: Legalizing DDT to Fight Malaria in Tropical Countries
WHEREAS: malaria has killed more people than any other infectious disease in history and is still epidemic in tropical countries infecting 300,000,000 people and killing more than 1,000,000 every year, most of them pregnant women and children under five in sub-Saharan Africa; and
WHEREAS: more than 50 million people have died from malaria since EPA Administrator William Ruckelshaus arbitrarily banned DDT in 1972, contrary to expert testimony and a decision by Judge Edmund Sweeney that the pesticide was not harmful to humans, animals or the environment a position subsequently affirmed by the World Health Organization and many other experts; and
WHEREAS: the WHO-UN-World Bank Roll Back Malaria campaign to cut malaria rates in half by 2010 has relied entirely on bed nets and drug therapies, and refused to consider the use of pesticides, even as the rate of malaria increased by more than 15% during the programs six-year existence, killing millions, leaving others too sick to work, and perpetuating poverty in many nations; and
WHEREAS: mosquitoes are much less likely to develop resistance to DDT because it is no longer used in agriculture, and spraying tiny amounts of this pesticide on the walls of traditional huts repels mosquitoes and kills them on contact for six months or more, without contaminating the environment; and
WHEREAS: South Africa successfully used DDT to reduce malaria by more than 90% in three years, by using DDT to spray huts and in combination with artemisinin-based drugs and other strategies a program that many poor countries want to emulate, but are prevented from doing so by threats from donor agencies and activist groups that continue to oppose the use of DDT under any circumstances;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT:the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons supports efforts to insist or require that agencies of the United States and United Nations permit, encourage, and fund the use of DDT in tropical countries where malaria is prevalent and health ministries wish to use it to save lives.
Because of Rachel Carson, more people have died than from Hitler, Stalin, Mao, and Pol Pot combined
When I've contacted the Sierra Club and other organizations and asked them to provide hard scientific evidence of the damage that DDT does, they either send me some emotional junk with no hard scinece studiesm or they ignore me.
I'm waiting to see if Silent Spring is still on the school's reading list this year. If it is, I'm going to start a one woman campaign to get it removed!!
What DID cause the silent spring?
This is nothing more than doublespeak for the democrats taxing the city into the ground. They need the donations (i.e. naming rights) and PR in the worst way.
But the Bald Eagles are thriving!
Ya wanna know how nuts it is? The Steelers' special teams coach still has a job this morning.
Hi, Ditto -- thanks for posting that info. Isn't there a cemetary that can be dedicated to her?
Best to you all, 'burghers. Stay warm! (hehe!)
I live in Pittsburgh and if it is renamed for this "woman" they should then paint the damn bridge BLACK, instead of the yellow that it is now!
I think they should rename it for Fat Albert. Anyone besides me remember that comedy skit?
Keep in mind that the driving force in the EPA ban in 1972 was not science or the environment. William Ruckelshouse, the EPA Administrator, completly ignored all the recomendations of his own staff scientists when he banned DDT. It was the "Population Bomb" crap that the radicals were pushing and DDT became public enemy #1 because it was effective in stopping malaria and saving millions of lives in tropical (i.e. non-white) countries.
The Silent Deaths of Millions due to a misguided enviro-whacko Bridge
Cowher does, too........although he has lost his mind.......I expect him to punch a ref before the season's out........
The left is trying to erect a monument, or symbol, for Carson because they know a landmark fight is coming on this front which will threaten to undermine the entire 'environmental movement' and it governmental machinery. If people think she's a 'genuine' cultural hero and even has public monument status, her credibility as a scientist will be beside the point. This is extremly shrewd and effective tactical move by leftists.
A mass murderer bridge? Oh my God.
Carson lied and millions died.
Has the County Council there run out of important work to do?
Peter Principle in action........they are past their level of comptetence.
Ah, the Allegheny Whitefish...
l o l
Our family loves Pittsburgh. Son went to Carnegie Mellon and we loved to visit. He goes back every so often to visit friends.
Well, yellow for Yellow Journalism is appropriate.
......... maybe when it was known as Carnegie Tech?
LOL........... I think the silly color is all about the sports teams in the city......... and the fact that union painters would find the need to repaint a faded colored bridge such as yellow/gold more often!!!
I say, "Paint it Black!!!"
I'm more than happy to discuss.
When I heard this a month ago, I sent a lot of info to the Republican Council woman, Eileen Watt, who is sponsoring it. She supposedly is conservative. I think that she's pandering for votes. I'm more than disappointed in her. I never heard back from her.
Maybe we can rename it the Death by Malaria Bridge.
Nah, there ain't nuthin across the river from Springdale worth buildin' a bridge across to 'nat.
Them poor jags either gotta go 2 miles upriver on old Freeport Road to West New Kensington to cross the C. L. Schmitt / 9th Street / New Ken Bridge (pending on whatcha wanna callit, I bin there lotsa times, but not too much soze my memry's not too good on at one) to get to New Ken 'nat...
Or they can come 3 miles downriver on old Freeport thru Cheswick and Acmetonia til they get to Harmarville. There they can cross the Hulton Bridge (the pink one) to Oakmont 'nat...
Of course, if they're going to Monroeville 'nat, they can also crossover on the turnpike bridge just before they get to Harmarville. But I'd still take the Hulton Bridge to Oakmont instead and go the back roads to Monroeville. That ways, yinz don't hafta pay the toll 'nat.
Oh, en-airs also a railroad bridge nexto the turnpike bridge, but you can't get to it in yer car, not even a SUV 'nat. Heck, that ones way the hell up in the air. I wouldn't even wanna try to hike it, not even drunk. Sheeeesh, yinz'd hafta be NUTZ ta even think bout pullin a stunt like at. Bone between the ears...
Hmmmm... looks like they named that one after Schmitt sometime in the '80s, so it's a safe bet everybody still calls it the New Ken Bridge or the 9th Street Bridge or something like that. Probably the New Ken Bridge soze not to get it mixed up with the 9th Street Bridge in the 'Burgh. (LOL! as if anybody even cared that New Ken had a 9th Street too!)
But that one might make more sense to name after Carson...it IS a lot closer to Springdale afterall. Besides, it's not as if Schmitt is gonna complain about having to share the bridge with Carson. Cripes, he's dead too!
That is one uuuuugly bridge.
Poor New Ken. It usedta be a nice place.
We used to go there a lot when I was little.
Dad worked up in Tarentum/Brackenridge, so us kids would go to the company Christmas party they had for kids up there. And we'd also do a lot of shopping in New Ken. But as we got older, we were too big for the Christmas party. And it was easier for us to go shopping at the "new" malls that were built in Monroeville and the North Hills. (Yeah I know... I'm gettin OLD... (((sigh))) )
oooh, that had to hurt!
Though I'm kinda surrprised it took someone so long to make this move ... does #24 sound like reasonable motive, in addition to the pandering?
Ya'll take care.
Hey, don't give the council idiots any ideas. With all the bridges in Pittsburgh, I'm sure they can find a way to name them after some of Carson's "partners in crime" that you noted!
How about a memorial for the uncounted millions of dead who died of insect borne diseases who would otherwise have lived if it wasn't for this woman and her crusade against a beneficial chemical.
Yeah. 24 makes a lot of sense. It's just sad to see Eileen taken in by their garbage. Even if she didn't know the harm that would occur, it still happened. It's nothing to memorialize.