Alabama Politics

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Re: Are we safer? [The Iran Nuclear Deal]

Re: Are we safer? [The Iran Nuclear Deal]

Note: The following is my response to Representative Bradley Byrne’s (R-AL) commentary on the Iran Nuclear Deal. His original comments follow mine. September 13, 2015 Bradley [Byrne], U.S. Representative, 1st Congressional District of Alabama By what measure? Fourteen years after the attacks of 9/11, the United States looks like a sinking ship, like a burning Rome with a growing national debt at $18 trillion that Congress simply ignores. Where three programs: Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid’s unfunded mandates total $127 trillion while making up 60% of the 2015 proposed federal budget. If the aim of Osama bin Ladin was to merely take down the World Trade Centers, in NYC, and the Pentagon, in Washington, DC with four of our own commercial...

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Mayor Stimpson lacks vision, needs money for ideas.

Mayor Stimpson lacks vision, needs money for ideas.

Note: Minor edits have been made. January 21, 2015 Mayor Sandy Stimpson, the Mobile City Council and this audience, This morning a friend brought to my attention the above story where Mayor Sandy Stimpson came before last week’s Mobile City Council meeting (January 13, 2015) seeking funds to hire consultants out of Montgomery, Goodwyn Mills and Cawood Inc., not out of Mobile or sharing his plans to work with residents to help him develop his vision for One Mobile, after a year in office. I was unaware of this event. The mayor has spent the past twenty-years from his former one-story perch at N. Conception St. and from his mansion at the top of Spring Hill dreaming of becoming mayor or at least, everyone was begging him to. He campaigned with ease on the phrase...

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al.com — Op-ed: Making the case for Mobile International Airport at Brookley Field

al.com — Op-ed: Making the case for Mobile International Airport at Brookley Field

Submitted to al.com as an op-ed to Marc Pelham’s piece on Brookley Field. January 8, 2015 Making the case for Mobile International Airport at Brookley Field By Ted Burnett My interest in moving the Mobile Regional Airport (MOB) back to Brookley Field (BFM) is that it just makes sense to do it, if it’s financially, physically and politically feasible – that’s to be determined. I have no financial or commercial interest in this old idea and thus I don’t stand to gain financially from owning an aviation business at Brookley or through the sale of any nearby real estate. The only benefits that I might receive would be in a shorter commute from Daphne to this airport and maybe more competitive airfare. Like many Mobilians, I’ve long wanted to see the airport...

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al.com — Here’s a thought experiment: Daphne man wants to move the Mobile Regional Airport back to Brookley

al.com — Here’s a thought experiment: Daphne man wants to move the Mobile Regional Airport back to Brookley

MOBILE, Alabama — Ted Burnett couldn’t shake the nagging impression he felt every time he drove to the Mobile Regional Airport, the area’s major center for transportation by air. Getting to the place in west Mobile, he believes, is a fairly onerous task that requires a drive down busy Airport Boulevard. A Daphne resident, Burnett, 43, said because of the hassle he often flies out of other airports, and he had the feeling that other people felt the same way, too. That instinct led him to start a petition to try and move the airport back to the Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley. Burnett, who also writes a blog, started a grassroots campaign waged mostly online that has garnered a few hundred signatures on Change.org and a nod from Congressman Bradley...

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Red Snapper fishing — states’ rights?

Red Snapper fishing — states’ rights?

December 6, 2014 Red Snapper fishing — states’ rights? By Ted Burnett Hearings were held on Thursday, in Congress, regarding Alabama’s red snapper population, the role of the federal government in determining the size of the population, the length of the state’s fishing season and how much was caught. The following are two links. The first is a story from Congressman Byrne’s website about the testimony given in the hearing and the second is a story from the WWF regarding unsustainable fishing, worldwide. I’m not a red snapper fisherman nor am I an expert on this subject, but those of us who grew up on the Gulf Coast fishing, shrimping, crabbing or oystering in these same waters have come to see the haul get smaller as the effort, the...

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Dear Mayor Stimpson — Your 1st Year Performance Review

Dear Mayor Stimpson — Your 1st Year Performance Review

November 21, 2014 Mayor William S. Stimpson The City of Mobile 205 Government Street Mobile, AL 36602 Dear Mayor Stimpson: I much prefer the sharpest criticism of a single intelligent man to the thoughtless approval of the masses. – Johannes Kepler (1571 – 1630) A German mathematician, astronomer and astrologer. October marked the end of your first year in office. Earlier this month, two local media outlets reviewed your job performance; one even sought input from citizens. Both gave you passing grades, an A- and a B-, respectively. I thought I would add my own two cents to the discussion. First, I must say that I’ve never felt more insulted or rejected in my dealings with a politician than with you, from our one meeting prior to your announcement as a candidate...

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Risk averse

Risk averse

Introduction If you missed your first chance to watch my short film, In the company of geniuses, I would encourage you to check it out. It’s been well-received. Here’s another chance… YouTube: http://youtu.be/3iClXzj32xo?list=UUG_arS5C4wdc4c6KorfrCwg “This short film (18 minutes +/-) is about famous people with a mental illness and how our schools, our teachers, our textbooks failed to mention the connection between their illness of bipolar disorder, depression, schizophrenia… and their groundbreaking achievements and breakthroughs to generations of American children that later created a false impression and a stigma for those diagnosed with a mental illness. Rather than appreciate the mentally ill or have empathy for them, too often there’s...

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Moving Mobile Forward –>>

Moving Mobile Forward –>>

Note: The following short-film (6 minutes) is a one-man campaign, with the support of friends, to encourage the mayor of Mobile, Sandy Stimpson, and members of the Mobile City Council to move our under served airport (MOB) in West Mobile back to its original home at Brookley Field. July 26, 2014 Moving Mobile Forward – >> By Ted Burnett First Step To Achieving Our Dreams… Move “MOB” back to Brookley Field “I actually support that idea, and I have for some time…” U.S. Representative Bradley Byrne 1st Congressional District of Alabama – July 25, 2014 Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) is a geographical region with a relatively high population density at its core and close economic ties throughout the area. Mobile MSA = 412,992...

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My thoughts on last night’s community meeting with Mayor Stimpson.

My thoughts on last night’s community meeting with Mayor Stimpson.

Note:  This community meeting with Mayor Sandy Stimpson was held on April 7, 2014. April 8, 2014   Sandy, Last night’s community meeting, which appeared to be a success, focused extensively of litter, blight and the new coal terminal. I took the opportunity to question the added value of this type of a facility to our waterfront and to our quality of life. Fines were mentioned as a possible way to get the attention of citizens and residents to curb the throwing of trash from the car window into city streets. My question to you and the city council is, why is it o.k. for industry (McDuffie Coal Terminal) to pollute our city without penalty while residents will soon be held to a different standard? I hate hypocrisy and this new policy wreaks of it. Just...

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USA Today: Gallup ranks best and worst cities for well-being for 2014.

USA Today: Gallup ranks best and worst cities for well-being for 2014.

Note: The following is a series of email exchanges from me to Mayor Sandy Stimpson and the Mobile City Council about the city’s latest ranking on Gallup’s list of best and worst cities for well-being published in the USA Today, on March 25, 2014.  I received a response from the mayor’s chief of staff, Colby Cooper, the mayor’s communications director, George Talbot, and the mayor, himself.  Some minor edits have been made. March 26, 2014 USA Today: Gallup ranks best and worst cities for well-being for 2014. By Ted Burnett Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 9:35 PM To: Mayor Sandy Stimpson and the Mobile City Council While y’all continue to struggle with the revised budget, the city of Mobile, AL has once again made Gallup’s annual list...

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Is Mayor Stimpson too nice for the city of Mobile, Alabama?

December 28, 2013 Is Mayor Stimpson too nice for the city of Mobile, Alabama? By Ted Burnett Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results not attributes. – Peter Drucker, American management consultant, educator and author  (1909-2005) Disclosure: I grew up with some of Sandy Stimpson’s younger cousins and nephews.  I know his brother-in-law, Richard Miller of Brewton, AL.  While a student in high school, I once did some contract work at his family business, Gulf Lumber Company.  However, prior to our August 2012 meeting, we never had the opportunity to exchange greetings. Having seen Sandy’s name in the Press-Register’s print edition weeks earlier for his role as a member of the Coastal Recovery Commission,...

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An email to the new mayor: Two of Mobile’s most crippling problems — affecting the city of “perpetual potential”.

Note: The following email is addressed to the new Mayor of Mobile, AL, Sandy Stimpson. December 9, 2013 Sandy,The following analogy came to me as I was driving to Mobile for lunch, on Sunday.  I thought I would sit on the idea for use at a later date, but I’ve since changed my mine.  I’ve long known, as a fourth-generation resident, that Mobile has lots of exclusive and often unspoken clubs and memberships due to birth, religion, education, neighborhoods…, like most old cities and towns do, but a recent discussion with a smart, young female attorney, originally from New York, reminded me of one of the many hardships of calling Mobile “home”.  Still in her twenties, she’s having problems with being accepted and embraced by the...

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My response to the Sam Jones for mayor commercial on his Facebook page

(Note: Some edits have been made.) August 15, 2013 “Mayor Dow, The following are my comments to the Sam Jones for Mayor TV commercial that you appeared in. It recently aired on TV and was posted on his Facebook page, today. “In the eight years that Sam Jones has been mayor of Mobile, the cities of Saraland and Chickasaw have taken bold action by taking ownership of educating their children with the creation of their own school systems, why has Mobile forced black, white and Latino families to accept the mediocrity of the Mobile County Public School System? Why no bold action of his own? Why is there no tourism industry in downtown Mobile, there’s no world-class experience to be had for citizens and tourists, alike. There’s neither a flame...

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Lagniappe: New school initiative highlights day-to-day achievements — my response

(Note: Some minor edits have been made.) August 6, 2013  Lagniappe: New school initiative highlights day-to-day achievements [at Mobile County Public School System, Alabama] http://classic.lagniappemobile.com/article.asp?articleID=6652&sid=1 At the age of 42, I’ve become a pretty big critic of education, both, private and public, as well as, higher education.  Much of education is artificial in nature — the length of the school year, the selected curriculum, the number of days spent covering the material, the importance placed on certain subjects over gym or the arts.  All the assignments, homework, pop quizzes, papers, tests and exams and when they’re due is totally artificial.  It’s assumed that learning is occurring at...

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Lagniappe: A letter to the editor on bullying in school

November 29, 2012 A letter to the editor: I’ve been on both sides of this equation.  I’ve been a victim, a bully and again a victim.  My first “bully” wasn’t a fellow student, but the nameless, faceless, religious and bureaucratic system known as Catholic education with its sheep for teachers that deemed themselves as being experts in education when they were anything, but.  My intelligence and that of my classmates was assaulted, daily and for years.  Most don’t know it.  According to their tests, based on their metrics, their artificial deadlines and from my low scores, I was considered “dumb”.  I endured three years of summer schools, beginning in the third grade, to pass courses that I...

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