I just watched a video of the demolition of another sports dome — this time down in Georgia. There must have been bizillions of precious, irreplaceable memories associated with that dome when it came crashing down. Apparently, it had quite the history.

However...

From somewhere in the Christian tradition: "To everything there is a season, a time to be born, a time to die... ."

To me, it seems emotionally, intellectually and spiritually healthy to let go of things when appropriate. It usually requires some sort of ritual or other to process the grief, and it certainly isn't fun or pleasant. However, clinging well past the time to let go just ain't healthy, it seems to me.

Too bad we can't learn this or know this here in Albany. We have an old church (on Main St.) and a hotel (downtown) that some folks are racking their brains trying to figure out how to cling to 'em.

And we have an entire "downtown" on expensive artificial life support because we have clingers who simply cannot let go. All at great cost to the larger community. It's unfortunate.

Demolishing the Georgia Dome was very likely painful for a lot of Georgia sports fans — tears were likely shed — but it was the right thing to do. Letting go usually is.

Bill Halsey

Albany (Nov. 20)

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