On homes, green space, rhetoric
Thinking Right’s weekend free-for-all. Pick a topic:
- Some of the prettiest homes in all of metro Atlanta are the small brick houses with picture windows that Lockheed jobs built near the plant in Cobb County. I love the add-ons and the revisions that are signs of a family’s American Dream coming to fruition. “There were homes that were bought and tables that were set, thanks to Lockheed,” James Breeden, who started there in 1953, told the AJC’s Mark Davis. Thousands of homes and tens of thousands of tables.
- Reading of all the attractive possibilities for buying green space in a down economy, I’m sorry my home county of Cobb has but $40 million to spend. Now’s the time to buy. In another decade, it won’t be affordable. Buy, hold and then dispose of the mistakes if need be.
- Oh, shoot fire, don’t make such a to-do over the Atlanta Police Union guy who got carried away with his rhetoric and said something injudicious — well, stupid, really — about hitting Mayor Shirley Franklin with a baseball bat. Union heavies just talk that way. They don’t mean anything by it. He apologized. (For the Politically Correct record, when I say “shoot fire,” I am advocating neither.)
- Those on the left who believe that America’s adversaries are one soothing talk away from enlightenment had best check the Teleprompter right quick for some move-the-tyrant lines. North Korea’s Kim Jong II on Memorial Day conducted an underground nuclear test and followed that up with a series of missile launches. It’s also restarting a weapons-grade nuclear power plant. It’s possible that Kim may not know how thoroughly warm, decent and inoffensive we are and is testing the will of the rookie president.
- Well, no, no white male who said the reverse of anything remotely close to Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s remark about wise Latina women and white males could be confirmed for the Supreme Court. She will be, though.
- Imagine this: The California Supreme Court acknowledged the right of the people to revise their constitution, as they did in affirming that marriage is one man-one woman. Georgia legislators should, incidentally, give voters the same right to amend the constitution by public initiative.
- A Georgia history museum is long overdue. The old World of Coke building is a good location for it. But, much as I want it, Gov. Sonny Perdue was right to put renovation of the building on hold until revenues improve. Holding office is about setting priorities and making responsible choices.
- The above does not apply in California, where Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is in the process of cutting $24.3 billion in spending. His actions draw a predictable response from more-government advocates: a Capitol vigil, an ad campaign, and a class-action lawsuit. Once government grows, it’s virtually impossible to reverse course.
- Those amazing 94-year-olds … Dr. Gerald R. Cooper, M.D., Ph.D., started work at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 1952 and continued there “until his death” Monday. Coweta farmer Zed Wingo, 94, died in an accident Tuesday while doing his farm chores. Ninety-four was once considered old.
- The sparkling and loveable Rachel Lehmann, whose zest for life and dancing at the age of 103 captivated Atlanta, suffered a massive stroke a few days shy of her 106th birthday and is not expected to recover. She said it of dancing, but could just as easily have said it of life: “That was fun. Get some champagne and cake, and let’s do it again.”
- Signs of neighborhood distress: Billboards appear advertising the lottery. Real estate speculators offer to buy ugly or as-is houses. DUI lawyers and those who recruit clients with accident-related claims surface. Check-cashing storefronts spring up. And the local police department issues a “reminder” not to park vehicles on the front lawn.