Posts made in April, 2015

A Low-Speed Chase through Georgia

A Low-Speed Chase through Georgia

Introduction: Some of you might have been wondering why you haven’t received an essay from me, lately. Well, I spent last December and the first four months of 2015 writing on local politics with a focus on increasing brand awareness (tedburnett.com) among area residents on the Alabama Gulf Coast. Over the holidays, I saw an opportunity to push a cause that’s been of interest to me when President Obama announced his intentions to normalize relations with Cuba. For many Americans, this action seems long-overdue when we already trade with communist China, Vietnam, as well as, Russia. By lifting the embargo, these two neighboring countries and our industries can legally trade with each another. Some travel restrictions will also be lifted for Americans. Currently,...

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Up in lights — for mental health awareness month?

Up in lights — for mental health awareness month?

Note: Dr. David G. Bronner is the CEO of the Alabama Retirement System, which manages pensions for, both, state employees and public school teachers. The system’s assets include buildings in New York (Manhattan), Mobile, AL and Montgomery, AL, golf courses and resorts, newspapers, a cable-TV network and stocks. The fund is currently valued at $28 billion.  Minor edits have been made. April 4, 2015 Up in lights — for mental health awareness month? By Ted Burnett Dr. Bronner, May is national mental health awareness month. In the spirit of the colorful artist Vincent Van Gogh and so many others who suffered from bipolar disorder, depression or schizophrenia (and continue to suffer), could we light up the RSA’s properties, in downtown Mobile, for...

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From the office of Senator Elizabeth Warren: ISIS

From the office of Senator Elizabeth Warren: ISIS

March 30, 2015 Dear Ted, Thank you for contacting me about President Obama’s proposed Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) against the terrorist group known as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). On February 11, 2015, President Obama submitted to Congress an authorization for the use of U.S. military force against ISIS. The proposal would formally authorize continuous U.S. military operations against ISIS or forces associated with this terrorist group for three years, and would repeal the 2002 AUMF used by the Bush Administration to invade Iraq. I am deeply concerned by the rise of ISIS and I support a strong, coordinated response – but I also believe it is critical for those nations in the region that are most immediately affected...

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A letter from President Julia Stasch, MacArthur Foundation

A letter from President Julia Stasch, MacArthur Foundation

Several weeks ago, I received a broadcast email from the MacArthur Foundation where they announced their new president, Julia Stasch, a longtime executive and the interim president with the foundation.  For several years, I’ve been sharing my commentaries with the previous president, Robert Gallucci, for the following reason.  Annually, the MacArthur Foundation names some 20-40 recipients known as the MacArthur Fellows who “show exceptional merit and promise for continued and enhanced creative work“.  The program has no application. This anonymous nominating process collects names from experts in various fields where the names are turned over to the board and its president who select the recipients.  Each recipient gets $625,000 over five years...

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Another letter from The White House: ISIS

Another letter from The White House: ISIS

The White House Washington March 25, 2015 Dear Ted: Thank you for writing. I have been meeting regularly with my national security team to implement the strategy I outlined last year to degrade and ultimately destroy ISIL in Iraq and Syria. ISIL poses a threat to the Middle East, to the international community, and to our Nation, and we will continue to meet ISIL’s atrocities with the undeterred and united resolve of the international community. Part of the reason I ran for this Office was to end our foreign wars and welcome our troops home. As Commander in Chief, I will not allow the United States to be dragged into fighting another war on the ground in Iraq. There is no American military solution to the larger crisis there; the only lasting solution must...

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