Re: “Savannah Music Festival Review: DakhaBrakha's 'Earth'

Enjoyed reading this .

Posted by eeee on 03/25/2017 at 7:15 PM

Re: “Editor's Note: Tony Thomas and his many enablers

A SAVANNAH POLITICIAN DRUNK ON ST. PATTYS DAY???? OH THE HORROR!!!!!!!!!!

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Posted by Ball of Confusion on 03/23/2017 at 3:18 PM

Re: “Mayor DeLoach to kick off local "March for Meals'' with a Meals on Wheels delivery

How about Mayor DeLoach sharing his thoughts regarding Meals on Wheels with President Donald Trump.

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Posted by Ivan B. Cohen on 03/23/2017 at 10:03 AM

Re: “Editor's Note: Tony Thomas and his many enablers

If public officials want to drink on St Pats day, they need to take a day of vacation leave. I dont want to pay for their fun!

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Posted by Jo Coleman on 03/23/2017 at 7:56 AM

Re: “Editor's Note: Tourists in our own hometown?

This year's Grand Marshal is most definitely NOT a county deputy, not even close. His brother (who IS a class act, by the way) is the deputy Sheriff AND was General Chairman of the Parade Committee this year. There were lots of us looking at each other asking "huh?" when we heard the "this year's theme" malarkey, trust me. He may have gotten himself elected Grand Marshal, but he's not exactly beloved, or even respected. But that's Parade Committee politics, and I'm not going there.

Posted by famousamos on 03/23/2017 at 12:28 AM

Re: “Editor's Note: Tony Thomas and his many enablers

Let's be equitable in how we CHOOSE to see these events in reference to one another...be careful of drawing false equivalencies.

Perhaps the"tradition" aspect won't ameliorate your impression of the negative aspects of St. Patrick's Day in Savannah but the overall beneficial impact upon the local economy over private property infringement makes St. Patrick's Day week much more palatable...racial considerations or not.

It is my opinion, that if these Orange Crushers were white while remaining college aged, the uproar would be similar. I will not say that it would hold the same magnitude, but I am certain that it would draw considerable ire and relative to the level it currently draws from the citizens of Chatham County, in particular, Tybee Island.

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Posted by bigmyc on 03/22/2017 at 2:14 PM

Re: “Editor's Note: Tourists in our own hometown?

Like much of the other foolishness the city stages, it is probably totally illegal to charge someone $10 to use a public street. All that folderol about people in bars needing "papers" is likely illegal too. I don't know why the F&B people don't hire a good lawyer and have this yoke taken off their necks. People running things here are just rubes off the street who employ high school dropouts for the most part.

Crackpots and out-of-towners hoping to skim a quick buck give them these Stalin-like ideas and they see it as a way to squeeze money out of a captive population, which is not organized, like bar and restaurant workers, tour guides, etc. If such folks had a union or even an association and bloc-voted against these dirtbags, things would change quickly.

The city hall gang backed off like they had hugged a hot stove when the tour guide group sued them. Hope the bar people will do the same--soon.

Posted by Clint Westwood on 03/22/2017 at 12:44 PM

Re: “Editor's Note: Tony Thomas and his many enablers

Ahhh, so what? Everybody gets blasted on St. Pat's Day. I don't like this guy and I don't live in his district, but I understand that despite all his flaws, he does a good job for the voters out there. I suppose that is why they keep electing him. If you don't want to see a pack of drunks stumbling, falling and barfing, don't go downtown on St. Pat's Day--its just that simple. As to the green jacket, any chump can pick one up in just about any men's store.

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Posted by Clint Westwood on 03/22/2017 at 12:23 PM

Re: “Editor's Note: Tony Thomas and his many enablers

Re. Orange Crush v. St. Patrick's Day: bingo.

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Posted by Nell725 on 03/22/2017 at 1:23 AM

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1.Let's be honest here, if Tony Thomas were a woman, he wouldn't have lasted a minute with his foolish public behavior. A. I know from personal experience even without getting elected that the public will not tolerate the blatant disregard of morality in service as a servant to the public. I fortunately have "adulted," and taken full responsibility for my mistakes. B. However, people disregard his behavior as he's a public servant. If you are serving as a bureaucrat, what level is enough for a man who treads on morality of taxpayers hard earned money. C. I personally have met Tony Thomas. He's a straight shooter. He'll admit to his actions. I've talked to people who have said, his redeeming quality is his honesty. 2. However, while we point fingers at Tony, let's just talk about the scandals across the board with a few members of City Council?! How about aspects of nepotism, favoritism, and variations of clientelism on city council through back door deals. It seems acceptable if a few people benefit, while the rest of us remain humiliated by the idiocracy broadcasted to the general public. However, we live in a democracy with oligarchy tendencies. Enough is enough when voters loose money to visitors choosing Hilton Head, Charleston and St. Augustine over us; or rather when we have lost enough continuity of leadership and learn when the, "dark comes out into the light."

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Posted by C.J. Smith on 03/21/2017 at 11:56 PM

Re: “Editor's Note: Tony Thomas and his many enablers

This is the same Tony Thomas who was so loaded at a previous St. Patrick's Day event, he got a ride home courtesy of Savannah-Chatham Metro. After the brouhaha about that, he reserved a hotel room the following year. He apologized via his Facebook page but come next year he is going to do the same thing again only difference is he will have "handlers" in his employ to prevent being photographed and video taped in less than flattering situations.

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Posted by Ivan B. Cohen on 03/21/2017 at 10:43 PM

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Thomas gave a typical politician's watered down apology, then went on Facebook trashing one of the people who disseminated the photos (and his dog, no less), then added "by the way, I had a good time". So, yeah, he's really sorry. As far as what St. Patrick's Day has become, there are 2 St Patrick's Days in Savannah - the one full of idiocy and inebriation all but encouraged by the city "come party in Savannah!", and the one planned and worked on all year by the Parade Committee, the one that begins in February with the Irish Festival, and begins with Mass every March 17, and continues this weekend with Irish Road Bowling. The Parade Committee expressly forbids anyone marching in the parade from drinking while doing so, and does their best to enforce it. Do not confuse the 2 sides of the holiday in Savannah. There's a reason why you don't see many green jackets farther north than McDonough's on March 17. That's not us, and the vast majority of us want nothing to do with all the crap that goes on in City Market and on River Street.

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Posted by famousamos on 03/21/2017 at 6:33 PM

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Thoughtfully articulated. We do live in a dumbed down society which perpetuates this behavior which is relative of course and often seems funny and harmless but we should have some empathy when a member of the tribe is sick in their spirit or health. I can't say I know much about Tony Thomas personally or his politics but hope he can find healing and health before its too late. Maybe that's too kind in the minds of some as I know he's been the target of much, and maybe rightly so, but he's also stood some test of time for one reason or another and maybe that means there's some sort of hope left.

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Posted by Shannon Scott on 03/21/2017 at 5:05 PM

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Amen. glad someone else saw this as I did. Great editorial...

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Posted by Teresa DeFlorimonte Stewart on 03/21/2017 at 2:53 PM

Re: “Editor's Note: Tony Thomas and his many enablers

I agree, for the most part. Unfortunately, I was assaulted by a Savannah girl out of the blue on Friday night and the police did absolutely nothing. This girl blindsided me as I was checking on her inebriated boyfriend who was sitting alone, then lied to the police, saying I had verbally assaulted her before she pushed me. The police took her word against mine. Had it been me that pushed her, I'm 100% positive that I would have been arrested.

Are the police there during St. Patricks Day for decoration? Don't they have a job to do just as any other day of the week?

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Posted by William Harvey on 03/21/2017 at 2:28 PM

Re: “Paddymon GO, Stone Stairs of Death Edition

SSOD - you, sir, capture the very essence of this amazing city perfectly. As a native son now living far away, I find your musings are perfect as an explanation to outsiders. May neighbours respect you, trouble neglect you, the angels protect you, and heaven accept you! Slainte

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Posted by MH 1 on 03/16/2017 at 2:10 PM

Re: “Paddymon GO, Stone Stairs of Death Edition

Stonefully, stairfully awesome as usual.

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Posted by bigtrain45 on 03/16/2017 at 12:56 PM

Re: “Editor's Note: Tourists in our own hometown?

If I am not mistaken (and I could be) the wrist bands are only so you can carry a "to-go" drink on River Street. If you want to sit inside a bar and drink, no need for a wrist band, but if you want to take it out on the sidewalk you must have one.
The City makes money and I don't think they really care if it has pushed out the locals. There are a few examples of "new" sources of revenue. The reserved parking spots before the St. Pat's parade, the wrist bands (and the confusion around these probably makes the city even more money) as well as the permit fees and taxes from the hotels and temporary concession tents. The revenue missed because of the cheap beer tents is very real and very significant. When the local places were told they could no longer sell cheap beer from the doorway of their establishment, you began to see the revenues fall. That was the harbinger, that and the wrist bands and now Bar Cards. It's all been down hill for locals and up up up for corporate St. Pat's ever since.
The F&B folks are now hassled by the city for "Bar Cards". Servers and bartenders are forced to purchase this card after a convoluted process of an online quiz, multiple papers having to be notarized and fees paid and only on a certain day of the week between certain hours of that day. And no notary on premises. Then the background check. Exactly what they are checking for that would disqualify someone to serve alcohol, I have no idea. I would think they would be more concerned about the background of the people DRINKING the alcohol, but maybe that makes too much sense.
Raids are conducted to check your papers. The establishment must stop doing business in the middle of a huge rush, everyone must show their papers, those who do not have their papers are taken away (ok, sent home, but 'taken away' is more dramatic), leaving the restaurant short handed in the middle of a shift. Maybe even while making your cocktail or trying to serve you food. This, obviously does not further the profits of local businesses and I am unable to bring to mind anything that it does accomplish. It does make me think about the staggering numbers of hospitality workers, most are the least able to afford it, that have contributed to the coffers of the city. Just take a moment to think about THOSE numbers.....
In short, I haven't spoken to a single local that is looking forward to the parade or any other event. There are still some folks who have access to homes or apartments downtown and therefore have a lovely place from which to enjoy the festivities but they are dwindling. For that matter, I know of only a few folks who enjoy downtown at all. Most shudder at the thought of getting anywhere near it these days.

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Posted by glady on 03/16/2017 at 10:28 AM

Re: “Editor's Note: Tourists in our own hometown?

The $10 bracelet keeps people off of River St by charging a cover charge to access a public street. The business owners then deal with customers who don't spend as much and don't tip
Businesses need customers spending money in their establishments, not on the street by tent vendors. Also, the tents are controlled by the Waterfront Assoc and a long term lease is "owned" by a business group which owns multiple businesses on River St and other Locations.
Where else charges for wristbands to access the live music and portable potty's? Nowhere

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Posted by Cherise on 03/16/2017 at 5:53 AM

Re: “Editor's Note: Tourists in our own hometown?

The investors you referred to, did they bring more than just another motel or hotel to put on the horizon? Once upon a time St. Patrick's Day consisted of mass and then the parade. Now it has turned into mass, parade and a down scale version of Mardi Gras.

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Posted by Ivan B. Cohen on 03/15/2017 at 11:28 PM

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