Ivan B. Cohen 
Member since Jul 25, 2013

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Re: “Editor's Note: Time for a full school audit

I have never seen or read any census taken by this school board regarding enrollment numbers. What does board member Julie Wade base her information on about the decrease? I trust that she and fellow board Michael Johnson realize that Chatham County is competing with 158 counties along with other states for teachers and staff members. Of course one of the local television stations could feature a segment showing teachers and staff members getting public assistance to make ends meet or a teacher and a student working after hours at Wal-Mart. Nobody was bugging out when Superintendent Lockamany got cost of living increases every time his contract was renewed. What options was board member Wade going to use had she known the summer tax increase wouldn't all come in time? Would the school board have: bake sales, yard sales and car washes to make up the shortage? Not likely however they have maxed out on the property tax angle. Time for both school board and the legislators in Atlanta to get creative on funding public schools.

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Posted by Ivan B. Cohen on 10/10/2018 at 1:18 AM

Re: “Editor's Note: Selling out a Historic Landmark District

Dang! Didn't the City learn anything after the loss of Union Station? The mourning went on for decades.

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Posted by Ivan B. Cohen on 09/04/2018 at 2:37 PM

Re: “Broughton Municipal Building set to become boutique hotel

What in world is a boutique hotel and what kind of revenue will it generate?

Posted by Ivan B. Cohen on 08/24/2018 at 7:27 PM

Re: “Letter to the editor: Stopping the cycle of school violence

Nathan Berry, I ask you this, where will the money come from to pay for armories? Future school buildings might have to be designed for this. No school administrator in his or her right mind is going to let teachers walk the corridors or classrooms of their school "strapped". Don't teachers have enough on their plates without having to include active shooter training? If the emergency arrives, will teachers get hazardous duty pay? Would the school system pay for the counseling sessions and the lawyers to get what they did ruled a justifiable shooting? As someone has pointed out a teacher could lose it and go on a rampage.

Posted by Ivan B. Cohen on 08/21/2018 at 10:57 PM

Re: “Westside Arena: Crunching the numbers

The current Civic center opened in 1972. For someone who say they grew up in Savannah, it is amazing how Williams fudged on the year. Johnny Mercer and Hal Kantor were major participants in the grand opening ceremonies. There were promoters like Alex Cooley and others who booked all musical mediums: Rhythm & Blues, Rock & Roll, Pop, Country and Classical. This business about "cheap ticket/late ticket phenomenon" was not always a factor. Somewhere before Y2K and 2018, the phenomenon took on a life of its own. Maybe one of the factors were entertainers who either didn't show up or when they did were under the influence of drugs and alcohol. Building a new arena somewhere else does not need to include Savannah River Landings, they got enough development already. Renovating the existing arena will disrupt traffic patterns and bring on a lot of aggravation.

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Posted by Ivan B. Cohen on 08/10/2018 at 10:53 PM

Re: “Westside Arena: a 50-year mistake?

People still came from near and far to: ice skate, watch a Harlem Globetrotters game, monster truck smash ups and gun shows. It won't be any different when this arena is built. Disenfranchised? Yes residents who live in the area got shoved away from the table as decisions got made. Then the nerve of the First District alderman to tell his constituents, you all just focus on the arena, never mind the other stuff. Author says his writings aren't not meant "to deny the urgent need for an improved arena and reinvestment in Savannah's West Side". Sure could have fooled me.

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Posted by Ivan B. Cohen on 07/16/2018 at 12:23 AM

Re: “Editor's Note: Time for a mid-year review!

Who was affected by the violent crime rate to begin with and in whose community did the majority of them take place? The DeLoach administration ran on a law and order platform. Where are all these so-called increased partnerships? Savannah Impact Program (SIP) is ancient history. Perception of this city being a scary place to live drove the "Pro" more than anything else. Regarding Marijuana Reform, what are all the kudos for? Chatham County cops as well as other municipalities ride/cruise through the city of Savannah. Now they can make "drug busts" within city limits to make their arrest statistics look good. Unless the developers live here, they are never around to see what a mess they really made. The brouhaha over the fire fee shows that City government is anemic when it comes to initiatives. Public interaction with Savannah Fire & Emergency Services should have been taking place. Imagine that! Now tourists can really walk a country mile just to see "interpretive signage" on the Confederate Monument. Who is going to be providing these add-ons?

Posted by Ivan B. Cohen on 07/13/2018 at 10:37 PM

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