Paul Goode 
Member since Aug 1, 2013

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Re: “Opinion: With the reopening of Monroe Park, a promising public space emerges

The homeless people of Monroe Park migrated downtown, as anyone who lives there can attest. I'm all for developing city green space -- there's precious little of it -- but passing off a problem and dismissing the people who have to live and work with it as whiners doesn't accomplish much.

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Posted by Paul Goode on 10/08/2018 at 6:39 PM

Re: “ODU Economist: Stop Putting Millennials Before the Jobs, Virginia

The issue is less food and beer -- everyone has to eat and have a good time -- than Virginia's near complete dependence on government at all levels for employment, direct and indirect. (Medicare, for example, is the key driver of private hospital revenue.) I moved to Virginia five years ago and have never seen anything like it.

I'm no libertarian. Government can and should play a role as an incubator for entrepreneurship and innovation (witness Chattanooga's public high-speed intranet) and in ensuring a level playing field. Virginia should leverage an impressive state higher-education system and encourage non-profits that help young people develop technical skills -- we could use our own version of Washington state's Technology Access Foundation.

Whether our state's politicians have the vision or interest necessary to develop a diversified economy is an open question, as encouraging as Levar Stoney's election was. The talent is here, but is the leadership?

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Posted by Paul Goode on 12/10/2016 at 11:40 AM

Re: “Dusting Off History

I'm not sure that any of that is implied, but you are right that that sort of thing is grandstanding.

Posted by Paul Goode on 06/08/2014 at 7:13 AM

Re: “Dusting Off History

It depends on what one means by "objective." Slavery, for example, is objectively evil. Any museum representation of it that does not at some level recognize this reality fails its intellectual and moral responsibilities.

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Posted by Paul Goode on 06/07/2014 at 1:07 PM

Re: “Voting Blocks

Excellent analysis. Hayter's point that African-American cities and districts "were torn asunder" is a good one. One might add that the inheritors of the conservative white politicians responsible for the "deepening marginalization" of these communities cynically blame the residents for their impoverishment while simultaneously crowing that things have changed. Justice Roberts' willful blindness to the contrary, many things have gotten worse.

Posted by Paul Goode on 08/01/2013 at 11:04 PM

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