Opinion: A tribute to the poor road warriors

Nothing like working all day in a stressful job, getting in your car when the work is done and suddenly feeling your stress levels soar instead of fall because you’re stuck in traffic. That’s just no way to live a life, but for much of metro Atlanta, for the ominous “foreseeable future,” that’s going to be reality after the collapse of a section of Interstate 85 on Thursday.

For all the road warriors out there, you have my sympathies.

 

Also, Atlanta police officials have released a photograph of the man, possibly homeless, now believed to be the primary suspect in setting the fire beneath I-85 and cutting one of the metro region’s most important travel arteries:

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straker
straker

Testing this comment board

straker
straker

hello people here on the net

lvg
lvg

Charge triple for all Gwinnett and Cobb riders on MARTA. My taxes for 35 years paid for those freeloaders.How much has  State of Georgia contributed?

DohBee
DohBee

Just think, if we had I-285 in 1864, Sherman would have bypassed us!

Cheecho
Cheecho

"That’s why we built 285, y’all. “It’s the bypass." Mark McDonough, Georgia Department of Public Safety commissioner. Is he as much of a d-bag as he sounds?

Robert1959
Robert1959

Atlanta is the 2nd largest city on the East Coast.  Why does it take a crisis to a major interstate (85N/S) to bring awareness to a problem that has been growing ever since MARTA was created in the late 1970's - 80's.  Lawmakers from the greater Atlanta metropolitan area (Fulton, Cobb, Gwinnett, etc.) should be calling the Governor and all the State Senators and Congressmen demanding funds to expand MARTA.  The old argument of "I don't want those people (Black people) in my neighborhood" is unacceptable in the 21st century 2017.  The People of Georgia demand MARTA expansion ASAP and will not let hatred, fear and bigotry decide who can use MARTA and who can not.

Robert1959
Robert1959

@Infraredguy I hope and pray the good People of Georgia will not let hatred, fear and bigotry decide who can use MARTA and who can not.  The good news is 35 years ago the People of Georgia who did not want MARTA in their neighborhoods have all died out.   

LuckyDaddy
LuckyDaddy

I dont get it... why the pic of Sherman? Is that supposed to be funny?

72DCSD99
72DCSD99

Is there an expiration date on this ridiculous back and forth about the Civil War, or War of Northern Aggression or whatever cutesy spin you want to give it.  Hot flash, folks; NO winners in a war. 

YouLibs
YouLibs

@Mick11


Out of respect for the spirit of FNM, I won't go into Charlie's politics.


I knew his lead guitar player and I expect skydog12 knew him as well. He passed away a few years ago. Tommy Crain. He was a very good player and a good friend of both Duane Allman's and Toy Caldwell of Marshall-Tucker.


He fronted an Atlanta band, the Crosstown Allstars, for his last years. I think 'dog has shared venues with them.

Fl0ydLiberal
Fl0ydLiberal

I lived out of the South  for thirty years.  the Civil War was mentioned once - in reference to architecture.

Fl0ydLiberal
Fl0ydLiberal

whose bright idea was it to store flammables under an overpass?

PurdueTone
PurdueTone

@Fl0ydLiberal from what I understand, the DOT allowed contractors to store materials under the viaducts....

RoadScholar
RoadScholar

@PurdueTone @Fl0ydLiberal Are you to offering your homes to store the material? GDOT is constantly under pressure from neighborhoods about the appearance and operations of their maintenance yards and material storage locations. And wasn't this location near where those materials would be used? Transported to?

lvg
lvg

@Fl0ydLiberal Who needs to worry about terrorists when DOT and the homeless can destroy our infrastructure with a shopping cart of trash and a match?

Infraredguy
Infraredguy

Mayor Reed says Bridge fire starters should be punished to the fullest extent of the Law. Atlanta Judge may sentence all three to ride the Streetcar non stop.

RoadScholar
RoadScholar

@Infraredguy Put them under the spans to be dropped due to damage from their actions. Let them catch the beams and deck!

ByteMe
ByteMe

Bruno, if you come back around, you were mentioning wedding songs earlier and I wanted to provide an inspiration from my wedding... MeatLoaf's "I would do anything for love (but I won't do that)" is really subversively funny as you get later into the party.

Infraredguy
Infraredguy

3 Black Russians arrested for starting the bridge fire on I-85, Ossoff says he will hold Trump accountable, Maxine Waters says " I will not be intimidated " John Lewis says " I told them boys the bridge was in Alabama, you just can't get good help these days "  

Infraredguy
Infraredguy

@ByteMe I know, Hillary did not think Nov. 4th was funny but then Democrats don't have much of a sense of humor.

OriginalProf
OriginalProf

Just to correct a Southern myth here... Sherman did NOT burn down Atlanta. A Confederate general did it as a war strategy when he saw Sherman's troops approaching.


"[Confederate General] Hood pulled his troops out of Atlanta the next day, September 1, [1864] destroying supply depots as he left to prevent them from falling into Union hands. He also set fire to eighty-one loaded ammunition cars, which led to a conflagration  watched by hundreds." 


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Atlanta

Tigger12472002
Tigger12472002

@OriginalProf From History.com: "He (Sherman) then ordered a systematic destruction of the city to prevent the Confederates from recovering anything once the Yankees had abandoned it. By one estimate, nearly 40 percent of the city was ruined. Sherman would apply to the same policy of destruction to the rest of Georgia as he marched to Savannah. Before leaving on November 15, Sherman’s forces had burned the industrial district of Atlanta and left little but a smoking shell."  http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/the-destruction-of-atlanta-begins  Give credit where credit is due....

OriginalProf
OriginalProf

@Tigger12472002 @OriginalProf 

True. Sherman was trying to keep any supplies from reaching the Confederate troops, so he had his men tear up the railroad ties around Atlanta too. But Gen. Hood started it, and those 81 railroad cars full of ammunition set the Atlanta roofs and then the wooden houses on fire. All of it, the same principle according to which we bombed Hiroshima in WW2 to end the war. 


To give Sherman the last word, "War is hell."

WoofyOne
WoofyOne

@OriginalProf Sherman set fire to many towns from here to Savannah. Madison, GA he found too pretty to burn.

Bruno2
Bruno2

@2geniuses My favorite quote courtesy of Mr Normal: "Who needs life??  I'm high on drugs."

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@2geniuses

That is a track off of some vinyl I haven't heard in forever. Gonna have to haul it out again.