Excellent article by east Hillsborough community activist George Niemann in the Daily Loaf today. County commissioners may say -- as they did in the Bass Pro Shops debacle -- that growth pays for itself. Obviously not the case.
Cruelty is exactly the right word. All in the name of "righteousness."
Thanks for this info. You saved me a step I might not have gotten around to -- looking for the contact info -- and encouraged me to make my one voice heard.
And please tell me, Mr. Greene, where I might find this enduring statue of Ozymandius -- a place, thing or landmark that has outlasted and overcome Shelley's poetic description of human folly and the half-life of empires. Please?
I am perplexed and sorrowed by people, some of whom are my friends, who so willfully apply their narrow ideology to misread poetry, politics and life itself.
As a journalist in my late 50s, I am quite comfortable with different points of view. I respect them and try to learn from them. I might have my biases and preferences, but I am not bound by ideology. Every day is new. And true conservatives have values too.
What puzzles me is the animus that causes some people to reject so vehemently anything they don't agree with... to strain at finding some counter-meaning in a poem that has been generally understood for ages*... and most of all to cleave, mindlessly, to the idea that our closest kinsmen, however much we love them and ourselves, have some monopoly on truth, love, peace....
(And to Larry Greene, above: Not all my comment is directed at you. It's more a reaction to a few of my friends who seem to have forgotten how to think flexibly and critically, and who now concoct ever more incredible rationales to justify their anti-democratic dyspepsia.)
* To argue the poem: Are you saying that dust is a sign of enduring civilization?
Wow. Linda, you've found your new metier! This will be both useful and fun.
I have admired Peter Meinke's poetry for decades. Please indulge my appreciation for this particular line:
"He was suspicious of tradition unless it showed
-- Such a powerful sentence. For Jim Carlson, Peter Meinke and many other enlightened teachers, received wisdom should always justify itself, again.
-- Bones: The structure of a poem; the scaffolding of a philosophy; the physical (and therefore tangible) remains of a human soul.
-- Bones: Peter makes it a metaphor for his well-wrought poem. He also describes the bracing influence of an essential man.
What a poem!
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