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Wonderful recollection of a great place and great people right here in Knoxville!
I love Jack Neely!
Way to go, Dan!
As always, I enjoy Jack's column, but reading it made me put out with people that start a conversation with something equivalent to,"you know what your problem is..?" The graduate students from the above story haven't gone very far off campus or they would realize that there are few to no bus stops in some suburban Knoxville areas much less in any rural areas. Historically speaking,schools in the South, were few and far between because everyone was so spread out due to large farms. The rich had tutors for their children. The poor didn't receive education. It didn't exist for many. Likewise,dependable, comprehensive public transportation doesn't really exist here in East TN though it could help Knoxville in many ways. Besides saving us all gas money and helping to clean the air, it would give many people,who can't drive or can't afford a car,the opportunity to hold on to a job. This Southerner would love to be able to take advantage of public transportation, including buses and trains, but there is still limited service. I think we are all quite ready to reinstate our public transportation habits of the past. Gas prices are going to force many people to rethink their way of living. They will learn they must plan their weekly activities so they make fewer trips. Gradually they will begin to see how much "junk" is in their lives. We're a nation that is enslaved, not only by fossil fuels, but by our own self-absorbed materialism. We could be easily defeated by anyone that wanted to bring down our society, because we're already on our knees,stubbornly trying to bare the burden of our own senseless, worthless, meaningless crap. If the revolution begins by punching us hard in the wallet, then so be it. Pain is weakness leaving the body. If you are a graduate student or transplant of whatever circumstances, and you think you know what we need here in the backward South, don't just run your mouth. Let's see some action, some organization. Stop complaining and become part of the solution.