Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoyevsky wrote that “The world will be saved by beauty,” which leads us to ask two rhetorical questions: first, does this mean that the world is lost and, second, is ugliness to blame for its condition? Rhetorical questions require no answer, but what we can see for ourselves is that in their multiple forms — artistic, personal and moral — beauty and ugliness contend for cultural supremacy. Today the general consensus among humanistic thinkers is that a “cult of ugliness” prevails.
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Folks: Keep our eye on this one...watch close.
Out where I live is a special interest group committed to preservation and to conservation....at least their charter says so. Each month, they print a newsletter that boasts the Turtle laws, Turtle preservation and every other conservation measure you think worthy. Its called WGIPOA.
Will they support an ordinance that so clearly is designed to support the very species they promote? Not likely at all becasue for years they have been flying the preservation flag when their only real motive is to get free sand from us or the Government to preserve their eroding beaches and to further the developers that sit on their board.
The likelihood of taking a public step toward real preservation is next to zero when it clashes with the economic interests that fund them. Just watch and see where they come out on this.4 days ago
My point, George was that for every idiot that runs a stop sign, there are a hundred who don't but probably would proceed across the intersection if there was not a stop sign. That's why people run to City Hall to get one if there are nuts in their neighborhood.
Does a stop sign insure no nuts? No, just like you said. But it lowers the probability of a good person just not knowing to stop.
I think the ordinance is a step to signal we would like to be responsible to our residents and community about litter. Will it stop litter? Not from the bad guys but then, neither do stop signs.
As it is, there is nothing to signal our determination to visitors to keep this place clean and honor it a bit more both for our sake and theirs.
Nothin is fool proof but small steps help.4 days ago
"So, let’s scrap this nonsense about banning plastic bags, enforce our litter ordinances, and send this narrowly-focused interest group back to California. All of us, including the birds and turtles, will benefit from less litter."
I could not agree more EXCEPT that a well known judge told me recently that there simply is no police officer in his/her right mind that would had out litter citations to over 5 Million visitors, have to pick the bag up as evidence, and then appear in court, have the docket reset appear again..... when there are so many other important matters to attend to. Enforcing litter compared to DUI? No brainer for a good officer.
Its almost impossible to enforce our litter laws given the real job of officers and judges. We most certainly know the Park Board will not enforce litter laws. They do not enforce sea wall parking! It angers their constituents, the visitors.
I have come to think of the plastic bags statute as a responsible move to assume accountability for building a city where 5 Million people a year visit. It is not a cure but it does send a message to anyone who runs into Kroger about how this City thinks and it does limit the number of littering opportunities from people who buy here.
Its a step in the right direction short of a tacky digital billboard saying no littering that most will ignore.
I would encourage folks to think a bit broader about the issue and not simplify it to some special interest group. That is way to simple minded. It more to the level of how we do demonstrate some responsible action for the 5 MM people we've enticed to visit here each year who do not know how to live by the sea or in the neighborhoods we love but do love to come for a short time.5 days ago
"departing Commissioner Dennard"
Departing: Now there is a wonderful word.
Perhaps now he will have time to stay on his medication.2 weeks ago
Well said, Elaine. There can be no mistake that some folks at City hall and even some in the District itself would like to eliminate the commission. Please do not let it go down without a fight.
I grew up visiting friends in those very homes and the state of disrepair was evident even in the 1950's. People lived in the homes but they were not much more than shelter.
Now we have our won version of Charleston and as vibrant as the district might be, it appears there are some who would rather just go back to shelter rather than the historical record.
The Dr. cries viciem and plays right into the hands of City Hall when if anyone could afford to do it right, its probably a UTMB Doc. Disgusting.3 weeks ago
Welcome to Motorcycle weekend. Two dead and (usually) about seven more to go.1 month ago
Beautiful editorial Jack. You did a superb job of outlining just why most of us would love to have a candidate do over on both sides of the isle. This election disgusts me and I think it fair to say Donald trump is the only candidate in years that could get Hillary Clinton elected. This entire episode need to take a lesson of a practice started by the romans and continued through the Middle Ages: as soon as we can while every trace of it from history and any records1 month ago
Brian. I am all for what you just said but it's different than what the paper said "not tied to specific projects" and the fact that the last water and sewer bond of this type was diverted to projects other than what was advertised
Look I'll be straight with you. If you don't like the attitude that has prevented repair in the past then stop training us to think that way,sir
Nine months devoted to the lighting project dismissed in an instant by a city council member who wants to monitize everything for Frost bank and the west end is still on septic despite bond issuance. Plus mayor after mayor after mayor funding their pet projects from underfunded lagoons because they played there as a child or a quarter of a million gift of our tax money because their wife ran the Ike dike NFP.
Your doing a good job but many of us were taught to wait for the slight of hand2 months ago
Excellent point Ron but then neither you or I drive a black convertible corvette so what do we know. Apparently the world looks different when you can drive by2 months ago
I wonder what the rush is all about? Why not put this to a public vote? This really makes me nervous. This council can disappear in a year or two but the cash and debt remain with what seems to be a total freedom to decide what any council wants to do with what remains2 months ago