Well, okay, the headline for this post is technically accurate but a bit misleading, because Gay Street has precisely two fountains. Still, it’s appropriately plural, and we’re glad to have them. This is the larger of the two and is part of the Edwards development that has added a lot of charm and beauty to the area around our buildings.
I love fountains. I think they add a lot to a neighborhood in terms of sight and sound. This one looks almost like a horse trough. I’m hoping that, as Gay Street continues to be built out and additional residential buildings appear, we might add another fountain or two to the wet, watery mix in our neighborhood.
At this point, however, the issue is how to deal with the situation that currently exists. President Obama has touted Iraq as a foreign policy success precisely because it has been a secular democracy. If ISIS is successful in establishing a radical Sunni state that controls some of the most oil-rich territory in the world, and then engages in clashes with Shiite majority governments in the region, it could destabilize the entire Middle East and establish another haven for terrorists. That prospect is alarming, and we need to figure out a way to prevent it from happening.