Alright, I agree with the spirit of your post. But I find myself skeptical that businesses are moving their addresses to other counties due to the actions of one judge, in one particular case.
There are myriad reasons why businesses might move away from Atlanta and Fulton, but you have given scant evidence to believe that we are losing out simply because of Schwall, or what those businesses or non profits are. Again, I largely agree with your editorial, however that fat paragraph near the end is exactly that. Fat.
Also let's not assume that the eviction of Task Force will be all positive. United Way does not have the capacity to help all these men. Admittedly Task Force does not seem to truly help these people beyond providing them with a roof to sleep under, but lets not assume closing down the shelter will be without other issues.
Oh, and props for the panhandling metaphor.
It has astonished me how consistently posts to this ongoing issue have been against Taskforce; and I can't really say I disagree. The only problem I have is this seems to be more about Anita Beaty and her less than civil behavior, and less about the men who live there. It's a mess, I know. But its just been so surprising to find few people coming out against the eviction of Taskforce, especially when right now we don't have enough beds to help all these people. Perhaps Peachtree-Pine is an enabler for some afflicted people, but this discussion has been surprisingly bereft of discussion of what will happen will the shelter closes.
Then again, no positive change will likely happen while it remains open...
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