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Shocking numbers UA & UAB—THE TAIL’S WAGGING THE DOG

University of AlabamaUAB MascotIn a moment I’m going to disclose some shocking numbers that tell the perverted story of UAB and the University of Alabama Board of Trustees.

If you think about these numbers, they make sense, but no one seems to have put them together.

The University of Alabama was founded in 1831.  UAB and UAH—afterthoughts—were created many years later.  It’s easy to understand that since UA is the father—and UAB and UAH are the children, why the father would want to maintain his parental control. Continue reading Shocking numbers UA & UAB—THE TAIL’S WAGGING THE DOG

9 year old Birmingham girl likely to be first woman President

Anniah Mishra
Annikah Mishra, likely first woman President

ComebackTown is published by David Sher to begin a discussion on a better Birmingham.

Today’s guest blogger is 9 year old Annikah Mishra. She wrote this letter to President Obama at the beginning of the school year.  She’s been patiently waiting for a response from the President (checking mailbox every day) and has not been very happy with his slow response.

Her parents posted this letter on Facebook and granted permission for ComebackTown to republish.

If you’d like to be a guest blogger, please click here.

Dear President Obama,

My name is Annikah Mishra and I’m 9 years old starting 4th grade. Continue reading 9 year old Birmingham girl likely to be first woman President

Young professional: I choose Birmingham ’cause I can make a difference

Samantha Dubrinsky
Samantha Dubrinsky

ComebackTown is published by David Sher to begin a discussion on a better Birmingham.

Today’s guest blogger is Samantha Dubrinsky .  We love to hear from young professionals.   If you’d like to be a guest blogger, please click here.

Sometimes, coming back from vacation can be tough. Spending time away from work can produce a completely full inbox of emails and many voicemails to return, but it’s nice to get away and take some time to relax every now and then.

I recently returned from a whirlwind trip to Canada where I got to see some of my friends who I met on my Birthright trip to Israel last February. Birthright is a free trip to Israel for young Jewish adults ages 18-26. Connecting with them was great! I’m so glad that I had the opportunity to see them again, but I left Canada feeling a little uneasy. Continue reading Young professional: I choose Birmingham ’cause I can make a difference

So goes Birmingham…so goes America

Jim Clifton, Chairman & CEO of Gallup

The presidential election is over.

Many people felt this election would make or break America.

When discussing the ramifications of the U.S. going broke or being driven into socialism, this small blog about metro Birmingham seems inconsequential.

Then I ran into this piece written by Jim Clifton, Chairman and CEO of Gallup, and he reinforced the importance of our efforts to make our metro Birmingham great. Continue reading So goes Birmingham…so goes America

Birmingham is best in the world

Rotary sealUsually when someone makes a brash statement that something is the best in the world, its considered hype or exaggeration.

However, we can say with complete confidence that Birmingham has the biggest and best civic clubs on earth.

Our Birmingham Kiwanis Club is the largest in the world.

Our Birmingham Rotary Club is the largest in the world.

Our Birmingham Rotaract Club is the largest in the world. Continue reading Birmingham is best in the world

Is Birmingham different than the Titanic?

 

Here’s a comment I received on my post, Let’s move to the suburbs and attack the City of Birmingham.  I was trying to make a point that our region has suffered because many of our affluent and well educated citizens have abandoned Birmingham—and then they amplify their abandonment by attacking the city for being poor and uneducated.

Continue reading Is Birmingham different than the Titanic?

Go home and get your act together!

Senator's Shelby and Sessions are always telling Birmingham to speak with one voice

Our BBA (Chamber of Commerce) takes a trip to Washington every year to visit our Alabama Senators and Congressmen and to lobby for legislation and money.

The BBA prepares a priority agenda and typically a small group of business leaders, politicians, and staff fly to DC to make their request. Continue reading Go home and get your act together!

We’re losing our children

I was eating lunch at Rotary and I couldn’t believe the table conversation.

A Rotarian who is also a business owner said, “I am so disappointed in Birmingham.  I hope when my children graduate college they’ll move to another city where they have greater opportunities.”

Another responded, “I feel the same way. In fact, if I could move my business, I would move tomorrow.” Continue reading We’re losing our children

Let’s spend $125 million stealing from one another

Birmingham Steel Mills 1910-1919--Birmingham was known as the Pittsburgh of the South

Birmingham has always been known as a “steel” town.  Now we should be known as the “steal” town.

While our peer cities are recruiting companies from other regions, we steal businesses from each another. Continue reading Let’s spend $125 million stealing from one another