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Re: “Lessons from Columbus, GA

Indifference to cycling in Savannah is a metaphor for political incompetence and the main issue this city faces; the lack of a skilled workforce. Neither the city administration nor the business community have moved one inch to find a way to rectify this problem.

Posted by Russ on 10/29/2014 at 7:59 AM

Re: “Lessons from Columbus, GA

Nice article! Here's hoping Savannah finds its way forward. Cities from coast to coast are struggling with how to best build bike infrastructure. Every little bit encourages someone else to ride. Thanks for your efforts! http://pedalfree.net.

Posted by RJ Sharpe on 10/29/2014 at 5:20 AM

Re: “Analysis: A pivotal Election Day in Georgia

The Georgia Association of Educators HAS NEVER endorsed a Republican for Governor. Nor for President.

In fact, they and their parent union the NEA are cash-cows for the Democrat Party and ultra-liberal causes—and have always been. Google "NEA" and "contributions" to see just how true that is.

And why they now have less than half the membership of their non-union rival, PAGE.

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Posted by Ed Uktr on 10/28/2014 at 10:43 PM

Re: “Editor's Note: Ben Carter, tourism, and 'unknown facts'

Interesting point, Sarah, though I've not heard of media markets being utilized as a metric in quite this manner before.

Posted by Jim Morekis on 10/22/2014 at 11:53 AM

Re: “Editor's Note: Ben Carter, tourism, and 'unknown facts'

Jim, if you use the Nielsen Designated Market Area Map (which extends as far west as Vidalia and as far north as Beaufort), then the greater "Savannah" area population is about 853,000 people. I'm assuming this might be where Ben got his information.

Sarah Smith, Research Director, WJCL-TV

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Posted by sbockel on 10/22/2014 at 10:35 AM

Re: “Editor's Note: Ben Carter, tourism, and 'unknown facts'

This editorial puts you deep in the running for "Great Explainer"! There is a large part of our community that is very aware of the damage this man and his 'friends' can afflict on our town. However, this gives our fear some solid ground to stand on. I have to thank you and I have to ask you to please keep it up! Are you taking these counter 'arguments' to the city so they are also aware of the wool that is being pulled?

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Posted by glady on 10/22/2014 at 9:09 AM

Re: “Harbor Deepening: Like it or not, change is gonna come

Hi Jessica,
Great column, as usual. Having been following your stories about this for some time and done some other investigating it seems like this whole project is a very damaging and expensive mistake. As with other boondoggles one must follow the money. In this case it will probably go from a shallow but now adequate river to people whose pockets are much deeper. Good reporting like this is satisfying to the reader and writer. Sometimes it can make subtle changes to improve the overall outcome. Keep up the good work.

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Posted by Skip Feinstein on 10/17/2014 at 7:32 PM

Re: “Enveloped in the Beloved Community

Agreed, Jonathan! Many people have been working separately and quietly on worthy projects, and the seeds have been sown to bring them together. The next few years will be interesting, indeed...

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Posted by Jessica Leigh Lebos on 10/08/2014 at 4:44 PM

Re: “Editor's Note: Two Savannahs, further apart than ever

City managers powers

Posted by bahamabo on 10/08/2014 at 1:06 PM

Re: “Editor's Note: Two Savannahs, further apart than ever

What difference would new leaders have when you already said the have no real power. Maybe we need to change the city's angers power.

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Posted by bahamabo on 10/08/2014 at 1:05 PM

Re: “Savannah Water Film Festival inspires awareness—and perhaps activism

Hi Jessica,
Great story on an important topic. Arte you expecting right-wing pushback?

Posted by Skip Feinstein on 10/08/2014 at 12:39 PM

Re: “Enveloped in the Beloved Community

Jessica, a fine commentary.
A lot is currently going on among scholars that will highlight the history of Savannah and the various communities in the city. The Telfair Museum and their Owens-Thomas House are particularly deserving of praise on this front, especially through the continuing Slavery and Freedom in Savannah project. Even more exciting is the City Archives acquisition of the W.W. Law papers, and the people who want to work in them as soon as they are processed. Numerous projects and books involving Savannah are underway, and I think the next few years will be very interesting.
Jonathan M. Bryant

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Posted by Jonathan M. Bryant on 10/08/2014 at 10:52 AM

Re: “Editor's Note: Two Savannahs, further apart than ever

Well said, Mr Morekis. The truth hurts, and something needs to be done, NOW

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Posted by marion5138 on 10/08/2014 at 8:04 AM

Re: “'Friends are medicine'

So well said Jennifer...

Posted by Reginald Franklin on 09/30/2014 at 11:43 PM

Re: “Editor's Note: Mista Dee's reality

What's fascinating is that nobody seems to look at how Mr. DEE got to a life of crime...what happened in his life to get him there....His parent's life...Their parents life. ...what this country has done to his people to put them in a situation of despair looooooooooong before he was even born....what this country has done to cripple his people to keep them down. How government agencies through government funded programs deliberately brought drugs into black neighborhoods through COINTELPRO.....took out our leaders.....state funded government programs like the Mississippi Sovereignty Commission and the crippling terrorism that came of it....destroyed thriving and wealthy black communities like they did in Tulsa by air bombing whole black communities. Then they created a war on drugs...not to actually stop the drugs...because the government brought the drugs in...but to gear up for the profits to be made from dumping millions of black people into prison for ridiculously long periods of time. Nobody wants to look at how Mr. Dee's life....like many others was ruined before he was even born. Many will look to the outliers as the example of what should be the norm. "Such not Such did it.....why can't you??".....hilarious. We live in a country and a system that REQUIRES a certain amount of poor people just to function. But then we lie to everybody and tell them that EVERYBODY can make it....EVERYBODY can have the American dream if they work hard. It's just not true, and the country's success is based of it not being true. Sad situation when people are so disconnected that they can't find the empathy needed to understand the truth of what is America. The truth is, black and white people live in two different worlds, but only black people see it. White people have the privilege of being able to ignore the facts of this. Everyday black people put on mask to make themselves more acceptable...to make white people more comfortable. Everything what you may call "civilized" black folks do...is to show themselves to be different from what society sees as delinquent and uncivilized. We have to go to extra lengths to be hired, extra lengths to be treated as humans and not be looked at as thugs, extra lengths to not have the police look at us as a threat, extra lengths just to live.....to live. I don't expect most to get this or understand where I am coming from. There are even some blacks so brainwashed they don't even get it. But this young man was a human....living in hell on earth....because he didn't know enough about himself rise above the reality of his situation here in America...because the true knowledge of who he is...who his people are....and what they have given to the world and thus country has been kept from him. But there will be a last laugh.....There will be a time of reckoning. ...those who laugh and mock now.....won't be the ones laughing later. The black people of this world are fed up, but keep it coming...The killings....The character assassinations...The media lynchings.....th shaping of people's minds to view us as animals who deserve what we get. Keep it going....There will be a last laugh....and the people who are laughing now....won't be the ones laughing in the end.

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Posted by edy on 09/27/2014 at 1:51 PM

Re: “Editor's Note: Mista Dee's reality

Forget the music, the Editor's note runs so much deeper. It has the hook and the relevance. Wake up Savannah! Invest and grow away these tensions.

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Posted by Boy on 09/25/2014 at 3:53 AM

Re: “Around the fire with Michael W. Twitty

Jessica, this do beat all. A great piece and I enjoyed reading and sharing it.

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Posted by Skip Feinstein on 09/24/2014 at 6:31 PM

Re: “Video of Smith arrest released

My heart is still racing from watching this. I've been a victim myself & being caught by surprise only escalates things. Being caught by surprise never diffuses a situation. These officers jumped on this man without warning. No wonder he was scared.


And even though we know that Charles Smith had a record (though not for things like murder or rape) I sit here in absolute shock at how the police officers didn't give this man even a few seconds to process what was about to happen (like "Excuse us, Mr. Charles, please don't run. But you are wanted for such & such. Please come with us peacefully. Please turn around with hands in the air, legs apart, please get on your knees, hands behind your back, please stand and come with us to be processed."). ----- Look, I like having a strong police force. I want them patrolling our streets. I was so happy to see them when I was mugged. And yet, to sneak up on anyone like they did to arrest this man makes even me scared of some police. --- Looks to me like they played a HUGE PART in escalating what could have been, should have been, a simple arrest.

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Posted by Mariela Orellana Nemanich on 09/24/2014 at 12:40 PM

Re: “Editor's Note: Mista Dee's reality

Call me crazy, but if you think those lyrics are worthy of a music career for ANYONE, then you don't know music... least of all hip hop.

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Posted by k.jersey on 09/24/2014 at 9:07 AM

Re: “Editor's Note: 'Slow-vannah' no more?

Are we really giving Ben Carter full access to whatever he wants as fast as he wants it on one of our more unique historic streets...???? Come on City

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Posted by Matt Tyson on 09/20/2014 at 2:30 PM

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