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Thanks for story on local biking


I’m writing to express my appreciation for your April 15 cover story, “Cycling into the future.” Your suggestion that “connectivity is key” is right on target.

Toward that end, the Savannah Bicycle Campaign is looking forward to working with government agencies, neighborhood associations, civic groups, educational institutions, local businesses and other organizations to improve bicycle infrastructure all over Chatham County. While cyclists will be the most obvious beneficiaries of better bicycle facilities, all residents stand to gain from progress in this area.

After all, every person who decides to leave the car at home and travel by bicycle is doing his or her part to reduce competition for automobile parking spots, ease traffic congestion, mitigate pollution, decrease demand for foreign oil, increase public safety and improve public health.

The Savannah Bicycle Campaign invites all citizens to visit to learn how cycling can make Savannah a better place to live.

John R. BennettSavannah Bicycle Campaign

Blood Kin note


Thank you for the great review of Blood Kin, A Savannah Story, and the interview with its author Robert T.S. Mickles. Hitting the ESSENCE best seller list isn’t something every author can claim to have done so it’s very inspiring to read about a native of Savannah accomplishing such a feat.

I also, however, have to acknowledge that I was a primary editor for the first edition of Blood Kin and the one who initially failed to correct the errors pointed out in your review. I’ve actually written in other works about Sherman’s grandstanding generosity toward President Lincoln so clearly knew, as you pointed out, that it was not Grant who so-called “presented” our beautiful city to him as a Christmas present.

Unfortunately, in first-run copies of Blood Kin, a sentence reads as follows: “General Grant was said to have given President Lincoln the city of Savannah as a Christmas gift.” It was supposed to be: “General Grant was said to have smiled when he heard General Sherman had given President Lincoln the city of Savannah as a Christmas gift.”

As it sometimes tends to happen these days in publishing, the initial copies have turned into collector editions for the wrong reasons. The new edition, I’m glad to say, was already in production when your article came out.

AberjhaniEditor’s Note: We just received word that Blood Kin is now available at the Savannah Bulldog cigar store downtown on Bull Street.

Open letter to Newington PD

Well, it’s official,you now have your fatality. My father passed on at 11:05 p.m. Monday evening, succumbing to injuries received at the intersection of Ga. 21 & Ga. 24 in Newington, Ga., April 21, 2008.

He was a great man who deserved a better fate. Worthy at least of the cost of a caution light. Not much to ask for a man who, at the age of 16, enlisted in the Merchant Marines by faking his ID to sail in convoys throughout WWII.

Why the good Lord chose to end the life of an 81-year-old man that only had a short time left is something I will grapple with for the rest of my life. I would like to think that maybe it has something to do with the intersection that took his life. Maybe God had to sacrifice Dad to get the message across so that maybe someone in Atlanta could make an intelligent decision, after the fact, no less, that would prevent the hell that my dad and his family have gone through from being inflicted on other unsuspecting motorists.

So I will spare you the gory details of his suffering and leave all that see this to ponder the question, “What is the life of Robert Leedale Perry worth?”

G.E. Perry, sonKimberly Perry, daughterDale Perry, grandsonMichael Perry, grandson

Heated over Hesse


I am very outraged with Hesse Elementary. My child was punished for bringing a knife to school, which he should have been. He is an honor roll student and has never been in trouble before this. To my dismay I was told by my younger son that just last week a special needs child took a pair of scissors and threatened a teacher. The principal said, “Oh nothing will be done to him because he is special needs.”

Well, fair should be fair, and there are alternative schools for special needs. But how come one child can be punished but not another? What if this child takes action on another child?

Helen Testut