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Birmingham Blush

Posted by ALmod on August 4, 2009

Larry Langford has come up with an idea to turn Birmingham pink for October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  He’s spending $5000 on pink lightbulb covers and other changes that will give Birmingham a blush.  While I’m sure it’s the thought that counts, that money would be better spent by donating to UAB for cancer research or for the free mammograms that the mayor is lining up.  Plus, isn’t Birmingham having budget woes?  And they’re spending $5000 on a light show that really does nothing for nobody?  I know the mayor is into showing off, but a pink tie would have done just fine and not cost the Birmingham taxpayers a single dime.  (I’m sure he has one already.  He has a lot of clothes, you know.)

Now, lining up free or even discounted mammograms for women is another matter.  It actually does something helpful, and it’s a wonderful idea by the mayor…  Only it’s not really his idea.  It’s far from original.  Several groups already do this every year, so while the mayor is welcome to set up locations within the city or donate money to the cause, it’s not an idea he can take credit for.  In fact, unless I’m mistaken, there were free/discounted mammograms offered in the Birmingham area last year.

Of course, this could be a moot point, since the mayor could very well be watching his light show from prison.


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