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That's great. The food is outstanding, and it can only help to make downtown better.
Sounds like fun. Was the attendance good?
Did you read the article?
"There's been so much talk about revitalizing downtown Albany, but (the Music Hall) could be the turning point that makes that happen," Shugart said. "And I know the taxpayers in Albany and Dougherty County would be wary hearing about another attraction here because they are tired of paying to keep some of the others open.
"But what would they think about an attraction that opens with an irrevocable endowment in place that would assure it is self-sustaining forever without the need for one dime of public funding? An attraction that would open with integrated public outlets in place that would create their own viable revenue streams?"
Actually I haven't lived there since 1990. Back then, it seemed that the government thought the way you guys are now, but the citizens recognized that the way to make the city more appealing to outside investment was to invest in infrastructure. The number of libraries in the county was always a point of pride, along with the civic center. Now it seems that everybody wants to make taxes as low as possible and close down all community facilities. This is going to make Albany/Dougherty County resemble a third world country as far as the appeal to anybody considering a move there.
I can understand people wanting lower taxes, but it is very shortsighted. Closing libraries leads directly to increased expenses in other areas, whether it is jail, drug abuse counseling, etc.
This reminds me of the people who didn't want to take the federal funds to build the transit center. Now it will be built with local funds if it is built at all. Meanwhile, the federal funds that would have built it will go somewhere else where the people are using their heads for something besides a hat rack.
And it will wind up being spent somewhere more progressive while we smugly say "Well, we didn't use that government money".
An excellent analysis, Dr. Greenfield. Even though I no longer live in the Albany area, I felt pride in knowing that Phillip had grown up with the same influences from his community and his family that I had. Hopefully most people in the area can identify with him to that extent, even if we don't have his musical talent.
From the tone of your article, I suspect that it is intended to be humor. However, in case it is intended as a serious opinion, there are a couple of facts you should consider.
People are going to have sex (for fun, as you say) whether or not they have contraception.
Providing that contraception is much less expensive than providing care for the babies that will be born if the contraception is not available.
Rick Santorum (and the Catholic church) has declared himself to be against contraception, making these two points relevant.
How is it even a bad thing?
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