I was just called a “moron” by a commenter on al.com.
I guess I can’t take the comment personally because the commenter doesn’t know me.
I write this blog with the sole purpose of creating a conversation on how to fix our redundant, fractured, dysfunctional government. I post it on Comebacktown.com and then it is republished on al.com. I get no financial gain; I’m not running for office. I benefit just like you. If our region does well then businesses and jobs will be created and we can take pride in our community.
I’ve lived here all my life and am tired of Birmingham being called the city of “perpetual promise.”
The conversation on Comebacktown is civil. Not everyone agrees, but comments are respectful and there’s an honest attempt to be constructive.
On al.com, there are personal attacks (which al.com tries to monitor) a lot of references to race, and an extreme hatred for Birmingham.
On Comebacktown, people post their comments under their real name. On al.com the responders are faceless and hide behind their handles.
It seems like many of the people willing to comment on al.com are against something. It’s so mean spirited and it hurts.
It sure would be nice to hear from folks who are looking for solutions rather than to find fault.
Our Birmingham region is not perfect. If it was, there would be no need for this blog. But because we’ve had problems in the past, doesn’t mean we are doomed forever.
We have a young generation who wants a better community. Let’s give it to them.
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David Sher is a partner in Buzz12 Marketing and co-CEO of AmSher Receivables Management. He’s past Chairman of the Birmingham Regional Chamber of Commerce (BBA), Operation New Birmingham (ONB), and the City Action Partnership (CAP).