In the interest of keeping my New Year’s resolution to post at least once a day, I headed over to al.com to check out the latest local news. And what do I find as the very first story of 2010? City homicides drop third year in row. They also dropped across Jefferson and Shelby Counties. And I’m glad — really, I am — but I’m also left with a sad sense of wasted opportunity. Yes, it’s great that fewer people are killing other people, but wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could celebrate real movement toward regional cooperation? A deliberate effort to change the us-versus-them mentality that seems to permeate Birmingham and its suburbs? The comments don’t give me much hope.
Perhaps I should resolve to avoid the comments section at al.com. It only leads to heartburn, anger, and depression.
Happy New Year, everyone! I will also resolve to cheer up. Birmingham has a mayoral election on the horizon, and until it’s over I can dream that the citizens will choose a new direction for the city and the region. And ignore things like this:
Tax-exempt status? Who needs it?