Category Archives: Government structure

Why Metro Birmingham is dysfunctional–Ask The Washington Post

I’ve given scores of speeches about a better Birmingham. At the beginning of my talk I always ask the same question: “Who thinks Birmingham has reached its potential?” No one has ever raised a hand.  Not one hand out of … Continue reading

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Birmingham at mercy of outside interests

A sharecropper is someone who raises crops for the owner of a piece of land and is paid a portion of the money from the sale of the crops. We in Birmingham have always been controlled by outside landlords. Birmingham … Continue reading

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Rich folks & black politicians holding Birmingham down?

Unfortunately I didn’t attend the Martin Luther King Unity Breakfast January 19th, but immediately after Tanner Colby, the speaker, began his remarks, the texts and e-mails started coming—telling me I should have been there. Since I did not hear the … Continue reading

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Time for our old Birmingham leadership to croak

The above title is not my quote because I would be one of the “croakers,” but it’s something I hear from the younger generation regularly.  Okay, they may not use the word, “croak,” but they say it’s time for our old … Continue reading

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David Carrington: “I don’t care!”

I wrote most of this piece about Commissioner Carrington a few months ago, but did not publish it for fear it would appear too political. Now that the Jefferson County Commission election is over, I feel more comfortable making my … Continue reading

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Our next Superintendent’s not going to save Birmingham Schools

Every editorial I read about hiring a new superintendent for Birmingham City Schools says it’s critical we recruit the right candidate.  The future of Birmingham Schools and possibly the City of Birmingham may be at stake. Unfortunately, our next superintendent has … Continue reading

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What Birmingham can learn from Ferguson Missouri

In September of 2002 Dave Adkisson, the then President of our Birmingham Area Chamber of Commerce (now BBA), and I got up for an early morning jog.  We were two of approximately one hundred Birmingham political and community leaders who had … Continue reading

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Can Birmingham survive without Uber?

I’ve never seen anything like this Uber thing. People regularly challenge me to write about specific topics relating to Birmingham, but the interest in Uber is beyond insane. I’ve been bombarded by e-mails from folks supporting Uber and describing Birmingham City Councilor Kim Rafferty … Continue reading

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WOW! The response took my breath away

I never could have predicted this would happen. When we started talking about a better metropolitan Birmingham with an emphasis on government structure, no one took us seriously. Now in a short 30 months, dialogue about government structure and particularly government … Continue reading

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The worst thing to happen to America and Birmingham

I attended Gary Palmer’s victory celebration at the Birmingham Marriott and I was blinded by the “white.”  There may have been an African-American there, but I didn’t see one.  This should not be a surprise since Alabama’s 6th Congressional District … Continue reading

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