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?

4 Responses to “Yay?”

  1. kayman says:

    UGH, please don’t remind me about this foolishness. I can only hope William Bell would just disappear from the political scene altogether. We don’t need him anymore than we all need another hole in our heads…

  2. Kathy says:

    Sorry. :) I saw that sign early in December and just had to take a picture — I wasn’t sure anyone would believe me without the evidence of the stupidity.

  3. Del says:

    PLEASE stay away from the al.com comments. I worry about you.

  4. Don says:

    Personally speaking, Kathy, I think that visiting al.com even without looking its comments is a waste of anyone’s time.

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