A Proclamation for Proclamations

There’s been so much talk in Spartanburg about Mayor Junie White issuing a proclamation making June 19th, 2010 “Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Pride Day” that I too wanted to weigh in. I decided that as a certified poet and therefore one of Percey Bysshe Shelley’s “unacknowledged legislators of the world” that I will use my power to proclaim support of...

The Mythology of Childhood Weather

Last Friday evening it began snowing about 5 p.m. It fell at a rate of an inch an hour. By nine, four inches of powder covered the yards and roads as the fast-moving storm softened every angle with a shadow of unexpected white. There wasn’t even a mention this time of a “wintery mix.” We were getting pure snow. As usual, our weather came up the I-85 corridor from Atlanta. Like...

The Smoke-free View from Austin

Our city has some unfinished business. Spartanburg City Council needs to pass a long overdue non-smoking ordinance for our bars and restaurants. It’s not an economic issue. Other communities have banned smoking in bars and restaurants without gutting their downtown economies. Starting Jan. 2 the entire state of North Carolina, the former epicenter of cigarette manufacturing, will ban...

Paw-Paw Action Alert

I understand special interest groups are hard at work alerting their membership about the series of meetings on zoning possibilities and changes to our Spartanburg County land use ordinances. I’d like to offer a few talking points of my own and focus on a small part of the changes under discussion with our county ordinances: stream-side buffers. I’d like to let my stomach vote for...

Walking the Old Trolley Line

There’s been so much talk lately about master planning, connectivity of communities, trail building, and traffic that I decided to walk from Glendale to Clifton this week along the route of the old trolley. The old trolley line was Spartanburg’s original “light rail,” and if you’ve traveled much you know it’s a concept that’s coming back in many...

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