Re: “Reader: Poverty at root of Savannah’s ‘criminal subculture’

All of your comments are well meaning. BUT, the problem is beyond the comprehension and/or the will of the citizenry. Face the facts the problems will not be solved without support of not only the local financial community but also national interests. Savannah is truly a national treasure that inept leadership,poverty, drugs and crime have tarnished beyond the possibility of a shining future. Your city is being held hostage by currently unsolvable poverty. Face it America in general cannot solve the overwhelming drug problem. So how can Savannah deal with the issue in the middle of runaway poverty. It is a miracle that a SCAD student has not been accosted or worse ( maybe they have) in some of the areas they frequent. If the reputation of SCAD is harmed the historic district will be in great peril. I cannot offer an answer but only a question. Has Savannah asked for federal help to protect its one of a kind historic district. That would be a step in the right direction.

Posted by Steve Kahn on 07/20/2017 at 10:53 PM

Re: “Reader: Poverty at root of Savannah’s ‘criminal subculture’

Accurate and well thought out common sense article...true, true. Mr. Mayor, please appeal to developers and major companies to headquarter here. There is much opportunity here for positive growth while preserving the unique beauty and culture of All. Port Wentworth, and the access it provides in multiple ways, would be so appealing. Invest in its future, short and long-term, and take care of Savannah's OWN. The people are so beautiful here!

Also, much potentual revenue is not being taken advantage of here, at the Department of Motor Vehicles, I noticed tags are not on display. These tags that represent the states many interests, are very much in demand in other states, and pull in quite a bit of revenue. I would say 50% of the population elsewhere purchases them at their states DMV. Please display the tags on a vacant wall...there will be a significant increase in purchases.

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Posted by LaurieBaughman on 07/20/2017 at 5:11 PM

Re: “How much can a white roof help reflect heat?

My wife and I have been thinking about replacing our roof soon and were looking for suggestions. I had no idea that light colored roofs could affect so many other factors of the house like heating and energy. I think it's really interesting that light roofs reflect enough light that it can actually reduce your heating bill by up to 20 percent. We'll have to look into this more. Thanks for sharing!

Posted by Derek Dewitt on 07/20/2017 at 12:03 PM

Re: “Reader: Poverty at root of Savannah’s ‘criminal subculture’

Why are they poor? Could it be because of poor life choices? Having children before one is ready is destined to lead to poverty. Not getting an education is destined to lead to poverty. Poverty is a community and neighborhood problem? That sounds a lot like the gibberish from Hillary "It takes a village" nonsense. Stop having children prematurely and finish high school would do wonders to prevent poverty. In the meantime, lock their ***es up! I recently moved to the downtown area, not happy with the crime level.

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Posted by Lonster on 07/20/2017 at 11:30 AM

Re: “Editor's Note: ‘Fixing’ flooding is a futile goal

Thanks Jim. I'm from IL, we flood too. We're built on a primordial swamp. Water can only go so far before it can't go anywhere.

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Posted by Carolyn M. Dimmick on 07/18/2017 at 11:02 PM

Re: “Editor's Note: Thoughts on a Fourth of July from hell

Thank you, Jim. Also... responding to something I read about this not being a race issue (not something you wrote)... crime is linked to wealth, wealth is linked to race. So, yeah, it absolutely is a race thing. And, as you have pointed out, it is also multi-layered, and complex.

Posted by toulouselautrec on 07/15/2017 at 7:41 PM

Re: “Shots fired on State Street

Just another day in the GHETTO.....seriously though, 4 in the afternoon in the middle of downtown??? Anyhoo, While purchasing ZZ Top tix I saw they are having a Hip Hop festival @ the Civic Center in November. What could possibly go wrong??? GREAT IDEA guys just great....

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Posted by Ball of Confusion on 07/14/2017 at 10:38 AM

Re: “Editor's Note: Thoughts on a Fourth of July from hell

I do not live in Savannah but I visit every year and had planned on buying in the historic district. There is only one Savannah but now I think living and investing in this town my not be worth the risks. For the last three years we have stayed for three months fleeing the cold weather in the North. While in Savannah I run into a lot of folks who are "packing" a gun. Not really the civilized like style your citizens deserve. To Bad!

Posted by Steve Kahn on 07/13/2017 at 11:03 PM

Re: “The #BOS2017 results are in

Cheddars? Seriously? No one likes Cheddar's except people who eat hot pockets. Ever Heard of Flaco's Tacos?

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Posted by Concerned Citizen 1 on 07/13/2017 at 1:17 PM

Re: “The #BOS2017 results are in

Best Pooler Restaurant - Cheddars? Really? Nothing on this list can be trusted.

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Posted by Snapforth on 07/13/2017 at 10:19 AM

Re: “Editor's Note: Thoughts on a Fourth of July from hell

It's great to have conversations about what ails the city, in light of tragic events. Dialogue is good, but action is better. We are two years removed from the most divisive mayoral campaign in my memory, and what do we have to show for it? Crime has gotten worse, albeit the efforts of Chief Lumpkin and his officers. They can respond to the problem, but they can't solve it by themselves. It takes collective action. The first thing must be an investment in our neighborhoods, mainly by parents stepping up and restoring discipline to their children. Emphasis on education is key. Secondly, our city leaders need to develop a long term vision for the city, to encourage educated yoing people to put down roots here, and not flee as soon as they get their degree. Imagine what Savannah radio would be like if Kenya Cabine had run back to Atlanta in 1998. We need a thousand more like him to invest their lives here. This place has potential. We need to live up to it.

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Posted by rhoep2 on 07/13/2017 at 4:36 AM

Re: “Editor's Note: Thoughts on a Fourth of July from hell

When we find the our self at Savannah's fork in the road, asking moral questions like. To what extent do all lives matter? Is it enough to march on gun violence only when it affects my community? Or is it everyone's responsibility to catch the proverbial, "chink in the chain?" My thoughts are, there is no quick fix, and Savannah didn't get to this point over the course of one night. In a city that values tourism more than it does its citizens, and invests more money, time, and effort in protecting the city's assets than it does human life. This city is a great place for some people and not so much for others, and then there are those that don't even know what they don't know will hurt them. I'm here to tell it, gather the collective and create a consensuses. The unfortunate 4th of July event, and others like it have become a pattern in this city that can be traced back to where it began to go awry, and could have been prevented. I'm not pointing any fingers. Let's move forward taking logical and moral steps directed at a safe and decent environment. The solution can take the form of many facets equal awareness, education, and opportunities just to name a few.

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Posted by Stafford Elizabeth on 07/12/2017 at 6:11 PM

Re: “Bicycles as a necessity

Thanks for your comments, Frank. I'm a League Cycling Instructor and I am teaching just the type of class you describe this Saturday, if you know anyone who is interested in taking it:…

John Bennett

Posted by John Reid Bennett on 07/12/2017 at 2:51 PM

Re: “Bicycles as a necessity

May I venture that those who think bicycling is a luxury are among the Dream Hoarders? Google that title for clarification.

Posted by Alan Kindler on 07/12/2017 at 2:48 PM

Re: “City Market shooting/collision during Fourth of July celebration claims three dead, eight injured

Savannah is a train wreck and will remain so until "outsiders" are elected. Eddie is a good ole boy of the First Degree. (If you have a Parkway named after you, goes without saying.) Everyone on the council are good ole boys and gals protecting one special interest group or another. Most of the good oles are protecting the population segment committing 90% the crimes. Same as it ever was.

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Posted by Steve Bowman on 07/12/2017 at 12:35 PM

Re: “Bicycles as a necessity

There are at least two hidden assumption behind the article and the attitudes above. The first is that riding a bike on an ordinary street is excessively dangerous. The second is that a segregated bike facility will make riding safe. And perhaps there's a third assumption, hidden more deeply: that nothing can make cycling safe _except_ segregation, lights and helmets.

But ordinary cycling is not unsafe. At least five research studies have evaluated the benefits vs. risks of cycling, and all have concluded that cycling's benefits (regarding health, longevity, medical costs, etc.) outweigh its tiny risks by large margins - a _minimum_ of seven to one. Other data shows cyclists riding over ten million miles between fatalities. And cycling with or without a helmet has always been a very minor source of brain injury, far lower than motoring or even pedestrian travel.

So do segregated facilities improve safety? The evidence is very unclear. Some studies have claimed so, but have been savaged for deception and accuracy. Other before-after studies have found actual reductions in safety, especially caused by the weirdly fashionable "cycle tracks" (barrier separated bike lanes on roadways) that pop complacent cyclists into intersections at unexpected locations, causing "surprise!" crashes.

Those who feel their life's mission is to make cycling safer should consider an alternative to segregation. Consider cyclist education. The American Bicyclist Education Association and the League of American Bicyclists both offer classes teaching simple techniques for riding safely on almost any road. Unlike bike paths, education enables a bicyclist to safely ride wherever she may need to go right now. There's no need to wait for some future fantasyland of bike paths serving every destination.

Cyclists trained in these courses learn to use their legal rights to the road, learn to influence motorists to cooperate, learn simple techniques to prevent the real cause of most bike injuries (which is NOT car-bike crashes, but simple falls), learn proper techniques for riding at all hours (including using legally required lights at night) and much more.

Finally, consider a campaign to educate the bigger source of the problem, i.e. motorists who mistakenly think cyclists have no right to the roads, or who pass too closely, fail to yield or fail to watch for cyclists and pedestrians. It's time for our legal system to recognize "I didn't see him" as an admission of guilt, and a reason to permanently revoke permission to operate a hazardous vehicle.

Posted by Frank Krygowski on 07/12/2017 at 11:41 AM

Re: “100 years of gratitude: A century in the life of Marion Mendel

What a lovely lady. A REAL Savannahian

Posted by Katherine Bart on 07/12/2017 at 7:38 AM

Re: “Editor's Note: Thoughts on a Fourth of July from hell

This was so thoughtfully written, thank you.

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Posted by Jena Berenberg on 07/11/2017 at 7:29 PM

Re: “Editor's Note: Thoughts on a Fourth of July from hell

Scott Waldrup's outpouring was grassroots originating solely from the exemplary human being that he was.

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Posted by Anastasia Beaverhausen on 07/11/2017 at 1:21 PM

Re: “Editor's Note: Thoughts on a Fourth of July from hell

Guess you are talking to me Morekis. I hear you. Will try to be more inclusive.

Posted by Terri Thornton Davis on 07/11/2017 at 12:02 PM

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