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Duncan neither said nor implied what you say he did, Mike, regarding the size of the area on which drilling would take place if this proposal becomes actual.
This is currently up at the Knoxville's other Scripps paper's website at http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2008/jun... "Duncan said he has visited the wildlife refuge, known as ANWR, twice and said that out of its 19.8 million acres of land - which he described as a "moonscape" - only 2,000 or 3,000 acres would be used for drilling, but said the refuge could produce at least 10.4 billion barrels of oil."
Duncan made a metaphor. ANWR is to Neyland Stadium (or Shields Watkins Field) as the proposed drilling area is to one of those checkerboards in the endzone.
I think this metaphor appeared on the Sentinel's site earlier, but I couldn't find it.
In any event, you may not like the metaphor, which may not be very accurate (see the actual acreage above and make your own decisions about that), and you can debate the efficacy and/or appropriateness of the proposed drilling, but you should not misconstrue the man's remarks.
"You did a great job with this article."
Nobody believes that this will make all panhandlers go away forever, but what does it help to just keep on giving them money?
I agree that the remarks recommended are kind of silly. Maybe the writer's being sarcastic. And most people do know about the mission and all that. I've just started saying politely, "Dude. I'm not gonna give you any money." None of them have hassled me yet.
Most of these folks, panhandling is their career. It's like an industry. The product it's selling you is the good vibe you get when you "help" someone you think is downtrodden, or maybe it's selling you absolution of some vague guilt or something, I don't know. But don't spend money on the product. There is no reason to encourage panhandling as a career choice.