Letter: Mid-States Corridor bigger than political parties

As 2024 begins let’s remember that the opposition to the Mid-State Corridor is not a political one. It doesn’t matter if you are a Democrat, a Republican or something in between, the Corridor is not to our mutual benefit. My father’s family were all Democrats, albeit moderates, and my mother’s were all Republicans. As a…

Column: Constitutional Challenges: Trump, Insurrection, and the Primaries

In a landscape where the law and politics intertwine, Colorado and Maine’s decision to bar former President Donald Trump from their primary ballots resonates deeply within the heart of American democracy. This isn’t a mere legal maneuver; it’s a high-stakes dance on the tightrope of American electoral politics, balancing constitutional law and political strategy. At…

Letter: Mid-State Corridor being forced on our communities

I saw in the latest issue of the Martin County Journal that Shoals Councilman Cary D. Albright has requested an appointment to the Martin County Mid-State Steering Committee. Perhaps this means Shoals can see the disadvantages to our area with Mid-States Corridor. I recently received a call from Mr. David Bean. He’s the  Senior Legislative Assistant…

Column: All he wanted for Xmas was no two front teeth

“You are fettered,” said Scrooge, trembling. “Tell me why?”– Charles Dickens My father used to say, “The more keys a man has, the more worries.” Then, for emphasis, he’d shake his vast key collection at me, causing metallic smells to rush up my nose. The acrid keys seemed alive, angry, a voodoo death rattle.  His…

Column: Manufacturing matters, but not for creating jobs

We are coming up on election season quickly, so it is again time to evaluate claims about economic policy. This isn’t a partisan process; candidates across the board tend to make claims that might trouble a close observer of the economy. I will focus on claims that might plausibly lead to counterproductive policies. I begin…

Column: The ‘Great Discordance’ of economic fact and feeling

I’m calling the time we live in the ‘Great Discordance’ between the perceptions Americans have about the economy and the actual state of the economy. By nearly every measure, we are in a period of remarkably strong economic performance. This is especially true of those measures economists typically use to judge the overall strength of…

Letter: The absurd “minimal” impact of Mid-States Corridor

Thanksgiving is over, and I’m sure we all gave thanks for our families, friends and many other things. Did any of us give thanks for the fact that we live in an area that has fresh air, large green open spaces, abundant wildlife and a moderate climate? The Mid-State Corridor is trying to claim that…

Column: The drowned voices: How national narratives overshadowed local politics in America

In the bygone days of American politics, the issues that mattered most were those that touched the lives of citizens in their own backyards. Local politics were the lifeblood of democracy, where a town hall meeting, a school board election, or a state legislative session could spark vigorous debate and meaningful change. The late Speaker…