Balloon Track or Tract?
We've been over this before some time ago, but the question remains: I say it should be called the Balloon TracT. All the local papers I've read keep referring to it as the Balloon TracK. Eureka Reporter Editor, Glenn Franco- Simmons told me the Times- Standard used to use TracT, when he worked there but that changed after he left. I remember seeing it called the TracT when I first read about it in the T-S.
I'm told it should be called the TracK because the railroad tracKs on the property are laid out in a balloon shape. I say it should be called the TracT because they're referring to a tracT of land, although earlier on I was erroneously under the impression the tracT itself was balloon shaped. Thanks to Hank Sims for setting me straight on that. Nope. It's still the Balloon TracT. When we talk about this issue, we're talking about uses for a tracT of land. We're not discussing turning the railroad tracKs into a bike path, as some have suggested doing for the tracKs between Eureka and Arcata.
Enough said. It's showtime, folks: The T-S' weekly online opinion poll asks whether it should be the Balloon TracT or TracK. A little while ago TracT was winning by 5 votes; 76 to 71. You can cast your vote by going to the Times- Standard web site and going to the Local News page. Poll should be on the right. Poll ends Saturday or Sunday, I believe, so time is short.