Thank you, Michael Graham, for lifting me from my depressed, resigned funk and re-igniting my burning anger. It is much easier to channel anger in a positive way than depression.
Graham’s column (7/26) dismissing Bush’s responsibility for seriously contributing to the multitude of serious domestic and geo-political problems we now face is outrageous. Stuff happens, huh? Wrong place, wrong time, eh? Woulda happened regardless of who was president, right??
I could easily list many dozens of ill-conceived, incompetently executed policy disasters he is responsible for. No time, no point. Graham lashes out at John Kerry and others who criticize Bush, but have no viable alternative ideas (on Iraq). He is right. There are none. Which ever way we go, we lose. We are screwed. Bush’s legacy is gonna read like a bad Stephen King novel. When are people gonna open their eyes and see that this little Emperor is buck naked?
West Ashley, Charleston
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In 1969 I was much younger. I had a hare-brained idea, which I articulated in my wild-eyed enthusiasm to my sociology professor: “What’s more expensive? The energy required to mine and smelt bauxite ore from the earth, or that to collect and melt down existing aluminum cans? We should recycle and save the earth and its resources!” “Naw,” he said. “It’ll never work. Folks would never cooperate and collection would be impractical and too expensive.” Despite perennial human laziness, we are recycling today. The sweet potato idea is promising, but I fear a pan-Middle-Eastern conflagration will have to drive oil prices up to $7.00 a gallon before complacent Americans would consider such a new idea. What was that proverb about getting the mule’s attention by knocking him upside the head with a two-by-four?
Blame it on the video game designers themselves. They live in their cloistered world where only monsters and robots exist but they can’t relate to the real world that wants human characters they can relate to yet have control over. They lack the creativity to think out of the box, sorry for cliché, but it’s true. I work with them all the time and they refuse to construct real people in real clothes in real environments. They treat the industry as one big sci-fi comic convention that already caters to a very narrow-minded target market that excludes the mainstream. That’s why most people are dismissive of it but the people running the industry don’t cater to the mainstream. Despite the profit, it still wants to be an underground nerd culture, inaccessible.
It is truly sad the way we treat the public domain. If we would treat it like most of us take care of our private domain we would have clean beaches, rivers, and highways. Having lived in the Lowcountry for over 50 years it pains me to see all the small governmental entities fighting against each other never having the big picture in mind. We need to have region wide planning to stop the suburban sprawl. It makes my blood boil when there is a vacant shopping center and diagonally across the street developers are building a new shopping center. An example of this is in Summerville at the corner of US 78 and BGM Pwky. Now, granted, the land where the new shopping center is going in was an old brick works, but we are doing things similar to this all over the tri-county area. I can remember as a child in the late ’50s/early ’60s when we would go to Charlotte. Even then you could see they had a plan about how they wanted their city to grow. Now Charleston, from its early roots, has always grown like a topsy — look at Savannah — but we do not have to continue to make the same mistakes. Let’s learn from them and plan where we are going, rather than 10 years from now say I wish it was like it was in 2006.