Saturday, August 13, 2005

Wharton links to an interesting article by Jason Hardin about the joyless life of the pedestrian in Greensboro...which article quotes Wharton, who previously wrote this semi-related which I must say, as long as the drive-thru at Stamey's on HPR stays open, I'm OK.

As I've noted before, some of the pedestrians in this town seem intent on killing themselves. It's gotten worse with the yield-to-pedestrian zones they've been putting in -- the result of the marked crossing zone outside the courthouse on Eugene St is that people now jaywalk across a broader stretch of the road than they used to...

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City Council candidate Ed Whitfield uses his blog to correct the Rhino Times, which wrote him off with a single sentence: "Ed Whitfield is a 60's radical which doesn't translate into many votes in this millenium."

Whitfield recounts a few of the things he's been doing for the past four decades: "Chairman of the Greensboro Redevelopment Commission for nine years, the Chairmain of the Community Advisory Committee for the Basic Skills Program at GTCC, Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Triad Minority Development Corporation, on the Advisory Committee for the Multi Modal Transit Center, on the Technology Advisory Committee for the new public library, a member of the Enterprise Communities Task Force, on the Citizens Task Force for the Prevention of Crime and Violence, on the Greensboro Community Initiative -- looking into issues of education, on the Advisory Committee for the Electronics Program for the School of Technology at A&T State University and a few other things that I hardly remember."

Was the Rhino's version just an example of poor research? Or was it a deliberate omission? If it was the latter, when does that kind of omission add up to a lie?

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In 2002, I spoke with my wife's cousin Quentin, a Port Authority cop who was on the scene, about his experiences on 9/11 and in its aftermath.

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The New York Times has an archive of oral histories of 9/11 released by the City of New York, and a cache of audio files, too. 

Jennifer Gardner tells the Times she has mixed feelings about the release of the materials. "'I'm not sure these further emotional details are necessary,' she said. The information 'has to be public,' she added. 'We must know. But I don't want to know. I will never look at them or listen to them. I already live in horror every day.'

"She continued: 'It is useful to know what went wrong. But it is not useful to hear a crying father say goodbye to his family.' She fears, too, that the release of the histories will unleash 'more made-for-TV movies, more fictionalizations, all the new negative exploitation that will come.'"

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