And Gainesville really shows that today, on the day we honor Martin Luther King Jr.
King spoke up for the poor and working class, and today, to salute King, Gainesville drastically cuts back its bus service.
Unlike many people who have the day off, more than few of the marginalized have to work today, including those of us in the service sector who work evenings. The few buses that actually run today (and then only every two hours) will stop running early at 5 p.m.
Thus, many will have to find their own way to work or home. Some will resort to a cab ride which will wipe out much of what they earn today.
I am faced with a five-mile walk home tonight in the dark only inches from roads crammed with speeding drivers who pay no heed to crossing signals.
(Perhaps I will appreciate the irony as I consider these dangerous conditions yet another salute to our local government leaders and their wise planning criteria of encouraging sprawl and strip malls.)
And as I make my journey on a pair of arthritic knees, I will be comforted by how satisfied Dr. King will be in how the people he fought for will be treated today by that progressive city of Gainesville,