Regarding your recent column on downtown Christmas decorations: My partner and I live up in the Atlanta area (Marietta Square area) and travel frequently to Savannah and stay with friends of ours in the Landmark District. We couldn't agree more with your article.
We were down the week before Christmas and were looking forward to seeing the squares (including Forsyth Park) spectacularly lit up for the Christmas season. It was quite a dramatic let down for us. Even the lights on Monterey Square were not even lit up.
We feel Georgia and the whole country are lucky to have a coastal city like Savannah, and feel the city could be a real draw during the holiday's with the decorations and other sounds of Christmas.
I also agree your analysis with Savannah's sister city to the north (Charleston) should be looked at for ideas and can be great partner not so much as jealously between the two.
Savannah has a lot of history to offer with its colonial past and is a beautiful place to visit and possibly live. We hope the city officials and its citizens can see its untapped potential for the city to shine even more in the future.
Again we appreciate your article - your voice speaks for many of us.
Evolution vs. Creationism response
Regarding your recent column "Never again in 2010": I'd never consider myself a religious zealot, but I do appreciate looking at the contrarian point of view. Perhaps you will find this answer cogent:
Creationists believe that God is all-knowing and all-powerful, and He created the creatures of the world in his image of perfection. Therefore and contrary to the central theme of your riddle (whether or not God is capable of creating a world where evolution exists and operates), God doesn't need evolution to exist and operate in order to forward His plan. If all God's creatures are created in His perfect image, then He wouldn't need creatures to evolve at all.
The real question is that if large segments of populations believe in either Evolution or Creationism, then why shouldn't educators present both theories to their students and let the students decide what they believe?
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