Reeking trash cans are killing LoDa

To the editor:

Downtown Mobile will never be like other nice cities until the city requires trash cans to be put away after being emptied.

Since you are attempting to ignite folks to make Mobile a better place I’m hoping to get your help in bringing attention to my #1 pet peeve about Downtown Mobile: disgusting garbage cans that remain forever on sidewalks in front of dozens of downtown establishments.

Imagine wanting to have a drink or sandwich near a bunch of reeking garbage cans! Besides being very unsightly they are filthy and odorous. They are disgusting and greatly detract from the Downtown entertainment district.

I request your help to bring attention to this problem. Enforcement of a simple city ordnance could easily remedy this problem.

Any support you can give this issue will be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

Ronnie Gibson

Proud Mobilian speaks up

To the editor:

Something special happens when art, science, and tradition cross paths. I’ve been introduced to a paradigm of such phenomena in my short time as a maritime academy cadet. Many describe the maritime industry as exactly that; a culmination of the three vortices of history to form a machine that serves a keystone role in the economy of the world.

What I find satiable is that this observable fact is synonymous, at least from my perspective, with my hometown of Mobile, Alabama.

From the historic antebellum homes lining Government Street, to the colonial time-capsule that is Fort Condé, Mobile, Alabama has achieved a status so deeply respected in the historical community of America that it’s time to begin looking up. Newly elected Mayor Sandy Stimpson has set a bar to attain all things necessary to bring about the status of “safest and most business-friendly city by the year 2020.” I personally see this goal as one to be reached, if not by 2020, sooner.

In the course of recent events, I have come to realize my love for the Port City. From the recent mayoral election, to the Airbus announcement, a new sense of enthusiasm has befallen the citizens of Mobile and the citizens of Eastern Shore communities as well such as Daphne, Fairhope and Spanish Fort. One aspect of our beloved Mobile I hold near and dear to my heart is the very reason I attend a state maritime academy… the Port.

With immediate railroad and interstate access, as well as public terminals and private terminals, the port ranked 9th largest in the nation (in terms of tonnage) in 2008. Directly and indirectly employing close to 130,000 people, it also has one of the largest economical impacts in the state. I make notice of this to bring to the attention of many in Mobile of the economic impact the port will have on the city in years to come. So much so, that I decided to spend four years of my life studying the logistics of maritime transportation to one day return to the Port City to add value to what is already great.

Aside from the port, Mobile has shown signs of recovery from the lull of distant economic prosperity that our nation has felt for so many years; the government and the people. Citizens like Clarence Carrio and his efforts to establish a recreational beach on the Western Shore; Colby Cooper and his return from New York to serve the city of Mobile as the Stimpson Administration’s Chief of Staff; and many more, all point towards a newfound eagerness that is reverberating out here with me, in Texas!

So with that, I’d like to thank all of those who make (are making) Mobile great again. I thank you for the opportunity to one day work in the best city in the nation. I am proud of my ambitions, proud of my history, and I am proud of My Mobile.

Cole Manders
Galveston, Texas