The AJC headline says "Region must ax 73% of projects from transportation wish list" Where'd that number come from?
If the estimate was $8 billion and it's been adjusted to $6.14 billion, the difference is $1.86 billion, which is about 23 percent, not 73. Am I misunderstanding something?
"Complete lack of civility. I'll never understand the philosophy of destroying your own neighborhood, especially the nice elements. They should shut the water off. No more cooling pleasure for you until you know how to act civilized...."
But it's not the kids who play in the park that did it. The teens (maybe older, who knows?) who did this don't even care whether their younger siblings, cousins or neighbors have a safe place close to home to have fun.
I can't remember where, but I read the phrase "dispair-based lifestyle" somewhere last week. That's exactly what this kind of behavior is a symptom of. The people who did this have already given up hope of ever having or being anything, so they resent anyone who has the nerve to have any expectations or optimism.
They think that by destroying things that symbolize
expectations and optimism, they're teaching people a lessson - that it's stupid to have any desire to be or have anything. And when people see a brand-new park being maliciously, wontonly destroyed, maybe they start to believe that a little bit too.
I heard her interviewed on a BBC radio show. She was telling the interviewer about what she eats in a day: Cheerios and Cool-Whip Lite for breakfast. Two diet ice cream sandwiches for lunch and something equally absurd for dinner. She could afford any restaurant or have someone buy and prepare whatever she wants, but she eats like that. She is STILL - at 75 years old and tiny as can be - terrified of "getting fat."
To listen to her talk about how much she hates her body you'd think she was 14. She said that when she gains weight she refuses to buy bigger clothes, but will instead cut the elastic in the waist of her underwear to make it fit. It made me really sad.
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