Atlanta resident since '96. Attended school here (Morehouse College) and never left. Native of Birmingham, Alabama. I have a lovely wife and three beautiful children…
I like Jason too! And I hope that he isn't that foolish. He is as blue as they come in a Reddish state. Decatur is one of nicest areas in all of the southeast. He should stay and enjoy it. People that go to the poles are not going to elect Jimmy Carter's grandson!
Nicely crafted piece by Mr. Williams. Complete with plausible theories. But I've got two STRONG words that are keeping Deal relatively popular among Moderates and Democrats: SUNDAY SALES!
Also, under his administration we are currently enjoying the splendor of Craft Beer Nirvana!
The areas that want it, have it!
Because he has stayed out of most local matters, the state is getting a bit "Cooler"!
If all that is going to be put at this site is a Suburban Plaza with a slightly different foot print, why bother?
His plans are evolving as he tries to assemble the residences. The aerial shows the tip of the iceberg. But the entire concept encompasses property to Church Street where some of the old auto dealerships are.
This piece translates to (at least to me): Will white cease to be threatened or uncomfortable around non-white?
Time will tell!
Will non-white ever conform to the ideal white society?
Time will tell!(But I doubt it!)
College, particularly for the undergraduate students, is a microcosm of the "real world". Watch our young people in Middle and High School. They have already gotten in where they fitted in. Racially, socioeconomically, and even within those respective of groups. So it is my opinion that college years are much too late. Primary grade levels (K, 1st, 2nd, & 3rd) are the times to embrace and maintain diverse environments.
But thrusting people in diverse environments (even in college -- as if it is some sort of enlightenment period) when they haven't been educated in them their entire scholastic careers can't work. It is second nature to be threatened by what you don't know.
I ask in advance that I am forgiven for any an all grammatical and or spelling errors in this post. There are a lot of moving pieces on this thread. Some are addressing gay rights. Some are addressing freedom of speech. And some are addressing what they view to be the 'stupidity, foolishness, idiocy, etc. of other posters.
As a happily (for the most part) married man (to a woman) for the past ten years, I believe marriage to be the craziest thing that we silly, clueless mortals do. We rationalize doing it with unrational statements like: "I fell in love with my soulmate and I couldn't imagine living without him/her!" The truth is that you could have lived without that person. You probably would have met someone else that you'd say the same thing about. All of us who choose a spouse, look at and even lust for people other than our significant others. But doing that too, is immoral based on the compass used. Allowing same sex couples to take this crazy plunge somehow erodes the sanctity of 'something' that fewer and fewer believe in and that states and local governments have to license you to do. Is sanctity for sale? If it is God sanctioned or ordained, why is there a man made license to do it?
That being said, I'd do it all over again. It was crazy ten years ago, and it is crazy today. It is hard work. So few who do it are prepared to put in the hard work and that, IMO, is why the divorce rate is so high. My wife and I were FREE to make that choice. Some of my fellow Americans ARE NOT. And I have a problem with that. Freedoms that do not take away the freedoms of other citizens should not be denied for any reason. Two consenting adults should be able to purchase a license from their local government and live as one. The sex and the sexuality of those people is irrelevant.
As for Mr. Cathy. I believe and will fight for his freedom and his ability to say and believe as he chooses as well as everyone who "piggy-backed" off of his commentary and created these small 'movements.' What is being missed is that a lot of us are in this sort of 'grey area'. I'm cool with "straights" and with "gays". And on some days, nothing hits the 'ole spot' better than a Spicy Chick-fil-A with Pepper Jack Cheese and a Large 'Arnold Palmer'. I didn't patronize Chick-fil-A on the day of the Kiss-In, nor did I patronize them on the day that the line was hanging out the door. But I went the next day. And then two days later. Their Peach Milk Shakes are REALLY good too!
Finally, I leave you guys with this observation. The OPINION section of 'THE LOAF' lives up to its billing. Opinions and A-holes folks! Everybody has one. And they all stink! Rarely have I seen people's minds or positions changed on issues without discourse. The outcomes are better when the discourse is civil. Ms. Stuart set the tone in a not so civil manner. (Which seems to have provoked several not so civil retorts.) But it is discourse nonetheless.
@Turn off the lights,
Each of these transit projects have vague descriptions intentionally. That is because there is not enough funding in any of them to construct them to completion. Rail currently estimates out about $100 million dollars per mile to build. They are all risking getting competitive federal funds for completion with funds garnered from taxation. Every one of these projects won't be awarded the necessary funds. The CDC is a federal entity. I think they'll be fine to compete for funds for the Clifton Corridor. Mayor Reed is well connected in the White House. His pet Beltline Project is going to be just fine. The Norther Arc, has enough lobbyists and big business interests to make some rain. That just leaves little ol' Southeast DeKalb, who was so fortunate that Mayor Reed fought to get us a little something. And if we play nice, he'll fight to get us the rest of what we need. But there's only so much funding out there though.
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