Longtime State Senator Jabo Waggoner from Jefferson County is a friend.
I like and respect him, but no one bats a thousand.
I’m sure Senator Waggoner has good intentions, but last week he introduced a bill that will set the City of Birmingham back 50 years. Continue reading Jabo Waggoner: Good intentions—Lousy idea!
Week after week I read comments on al.com and on social media blaming Birmingham’s misfortunes on black politicians.
They infer Birmingham would be a better city if whites were in control.
Recently ComebackTown published a piece on efforts to designate our Civil Rights District as a new National Historic Park.
I immediately received a tweet, “Aren’t you embarrassed by what black people have done to Birmingham once they took COMPLETE political control of the city?” Continue reading Are black politicians what’s wrong with Birmingham?
I love to write about Mountain Brook.
People are interested in Mountain Brook and I know a lot about the subject matter–since I’ve lived much of my life and raised my children there. (I now live in Vestavia Hills)
When I write about Mountain Brook— I’m mostly talking about the three dozen municipalities that surround Birmingham—so you folks in Mountain Brook—please don’t take this personally.
I was recently talking with a good friend (which I will call ‘Bob’) from Mountain Brook. Continue reading Mountain Brook points fingers at Birmingham
I’m confident this opinion piece will make many of you crazy.
But before you beat me up, please take a moment and read what I have to say. If you still disagree, then feel free to respond.
Our Birmingham City Council increased its pay from $15,000 to $50,000 a year–plus expenses, effective 2017.
The public and media response has been ugly.
I’m not saying $50,000 is the right amount and I’m not comfortable with the way the legislation was passed, but it’s possible a pay increase is the right thing for Birmingham. Continue reading Council pay increase may be good for Birmingham