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Reflections on the recent celebration


Being that this was my first time celebrating the Irish holiday in Savannah, I wanted to pass on some observations.

The parade was way too long and most of the marching bands were out of step. The military personnel, civic organizations, and businesses were all great at having fun with the event.

Everyone I encountered was spirited in a respectful way, while still having plenty of fun.

The Savannah Police Department should get a lot of credit for being so nice to everyone. I saw plenty of officers greeting people, telling people to stay safe, and in general being police and professional.

This is the first time I have seen police officers representing themselves in such a positive light. The others I was with noticed this as well. When the power went out they sprung into action, so kudos to you guys.

But here is where I need to go into my disappointment with the overall holiday and how the city chooses to celebrate it. For supposedly having the second largest celebration in the country, the city was not decked out to represent such a title. There were no banners, or welcoming feeling people would get coming to downtown.

It was pretty pathetic with all of the money coming into the city for the past week that more could not be done besides dying the fountains green. Incidentally, most of the fountains were out of green dye by March 17, pathetic.

I will also not be going to River Street next year to pay $5 just to bring my business to those bars. Someone should put their foot down about that next year. I am sure if the bars banded together they would be able to put some pressure on those organizing the $5 fee.

Lastly, shame on the people who passed by the guy who fell on River Street. It took one of my friends to finally go get a cop. The poor fella had a little too much green beer I believe. I think about 10-12 people kept walking by. There is a pretty big river near where he fell and no one tried to assist the guy. Again props to the Savannah PD for helping this guy find his way... somewhere.

'Harvie Dent'

The night the lights went out in Georgia


The 184th annual St. Patrick's Day celebration took place recently in Savannah, Georgia. More than 400,000 people filed in from all over the country to be a part of the festivities.

This major party weekend however was ended prematurely when a blackout hit around 10 p.m. Saturday, leaving all of Savannah and neighboring counties without power.

Under this cloak of opportunity, the revolutionary within me took over. With two bricks in hand, I marched downtown, trying desperately to recruit comrades to "take the power back".

To my dismay however, no one came. People cheered me on, backing me with "hell yeahs!" and "go get 'em's", but no one followed.

Then it hit me; people will never revolt, if they believe there is nothing to revolt against. But can this really be true? Do the majority of my peers actually believe our nation is utopia? If given the chance to change would people keep things the same?

Sadly, I think the answer is yes.

If I can please jump up on the soap box for just one minute: our country that was designed to be run by the people, for the people is run by the mob, for the mob and we buy right into it. No one wants to rattle the cage because we fear it might take away from the protection they are providing us with. The only problem is that they are protecting us from themselves. The same way the mob offered 'protection' in the early and mid 1900's.

It's a perfect situation for the elite. They run the government that makes the laws for their businesses that run the economy. They start wars that are designed to sustain, not be won and make huge profits off the sale of arms, both to the rebels who start the wars and to our military who keep them going.

They approve budgets that put money directly into their pockets and when the well runs dry, they just print more money, driving the value of the dollar down to nothing and they show no signs of stopping. Why would they? They are making a ton of money!

I'm not sure if there is a way to stop this beast. I'm not sure if America can be saved. But I do know this: any opportunity I have to take control or rattle the cage I am taking it.

If it's a riot and looting, it's not for a flat screen plasma television or an iphone or even a tobacco sunburst Les Paul custom. It's to remind the higher ups that we still have the power and the right to take it all back.

But why are no other nations involved? Where is the other United States?? Why is there no other force in this world that sees what is going on here and supplies us with arms and training to disarm our democracy the way we have done so many times before (Brazil, Korea, Bolivia, Vietman, Ghana, Greece, Guatemala, Laos, Indonesia, Cambodia and Chile – just to name a few in the past 50 years).

If it was any other nation in the trouble that we are in now, the United States would have long been involved in the training of a rebel army, to incite a civil war, take down the regime in power and be there waiting to decide who to give the power back to.

Who is it going to be? China? Russia? Japan? Or is it something we can do internally? It's estimated there are some 60 million guns in civilian American hands. This is the very reason we have the right to own that ridiculous number of weapons.

To set the record straight, I am not calling for a civil war or an overthrow of our government. I just wish that the night the lights went out in Georgia could have been the night we hung a guilty man.

Musa Burr

LNG issues


While I enjoyed Summer Teal Simpson's recent article, "Looking at LNG," I would like to clarify one point.

While Citizens for Clean Air and Water did not specifically invite LNG spokesmen to come to the presentation at the Hyatt, the meeting was open and advertised in the Savannah Morning News. LNG spokesmen certainly could have come and said what they wished.

On the other hand, LNG spokesmen have presented the El Paso company line many times over the years to the Rotary, the Chamber, etc. No groups opposed to LNG were ever invited, but this isn't the big difference.

The big difference was that their presentations were not open to the public. No naysayers allowed. To present this as the LNG spokesmen being open and their opponents being closed is mere misinformation.

Steve Willis