Economy

Honoring a great man by re-purposing and renaming GulfQuest…

Honoring a great man by re-purposing and renaming GulfQuest…

November 6, 2016 Honoring a great man by re-purposing and renaming GulfQuest… By Ted Burnett As a resident of Mobile, why not tell the rest of the Malcom Purcell McLean’s story? GulfQuest comes up well short of honoring him and his revolutionary accomplishment. The United States is lined with maritime museums on all three coastlines plus along the Great Lakes. The reason GulfQuest is a five-story building is to accommodate McLean’s idea of containerization while giving visitors “a walk through a ship” experience. The museum makes the claim that Malcolm came up with the idea while working and living in Mobile. I’m not so sure that’s true. After all, his first ship, an experiment, left the Port of Newark, NJ where it...

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Air passenger traffic continues to fall at the Mobile Regional Airport (MOB), in 2015.

Air passenger traffic continues to fall at the Mobile Regional Airport (MOB), in 2015.

October 28, 2016 Air passenger traffic continues to fall at the Mobile Regional Airport (MOB), in 2015. By Ted Burnett The Mobile Regional Airport (MOB) continues to lose ground to its rival Pensacola International Airport (PNS) in air passenger traffic, according to the latest FAA numbers, released in September.  Mobile Regional (MOB) and Gulfport-Biloxi International (GPT) Airports, both, fell in U.S. rankings from 162 to 163 (-1) and from 149 to 153 (-4), respectively while Pensacola held its same position at 98. In 2015, fewer passengers flew out of Mobile, AL (287,053) and Gulfport, MS (317,154) while Pensacola, FL saw an increase of 29,000 (787,916). Since 2013, there have been calls to move the Mobile Regional Airport back to its original home at...

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The Lafayette Policy Institute — A Call to Action

The Lafayette Policy Institute — A Call to Action

September 30, 2016 A Call to Action Judge, I am interested in starting a policy institute, in the spirit of French Lieutenant-General Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette to address the many bad federal and state laws and policies that have caused our nation’s train to jump the tracks while continuing to inflict harm on our country in the process. Would you or anyone in your other society be interested? I would like for this organization to do research and draft original white paper to promote policies that restore America back to cultural, economic, financial, military, political and spiritual health. Policies will be presented to our lawmakers and to incoming presidents. It’s time for Americans to take back our country from the career politicians...

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No Pain, No Gain

No Pain, No Gain

September 17, 2015 No Pain, No Gain By Ted Burnett There is no coming to consciousness without pain. – Carl Jung, 1875-1961 Swiss psychiatrist and psychotherapist I’ve spent my entire life, all 44 years, living with alcoholics and drug addicts, their families and friends. As a child, I played with them in the neighborhood and later I partied with them on Friday nights. I went to school and to college with them. I even worked with them. As an addict, I grew up seeking the next big thrill while trying to avoid pain, at all cost. I’ve watched a few including myself find “sobriety” while some were incarcerated repeatedly and others went to their grave a bit too soon. Among the group was my own father, at the age of 53. This Vietnam Veteran, like many, died penniless...

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Why gross domestic product (GDP) and other popular metrics are no longer an effective measure of America’s economy and well-being.

Why gross domestic product (GDP) and other popular metrics are no longer an effective measure of America’s economy and well-being.

May 31, 2015 Why gross domestic product (GDP) and other popular metrics are no longer an effective measure of America’s economy and well-being. By Ted Burnett For what shall it profit a man, if he gain the whole world, and suffer the loss of his soul? – Jesus Christ (0-33 A.D., Troublemaker to some and Savior to many.) As the U.S. and much of the industrial world struggle to recover economically from the 2008 global credit crisis, the Federal Reserve’s policy to keep interest rates artificially low to spur new growth among businesses, through hiring and capital spending, hasn’t worked. Following the housing bubble and the home foreclosure crisis, policymakers and politicians have been looking for the next red hot industry to expand our economy. There have been...

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Mayor Stimpson invites citizens to attend Tourism Town Hall and I answer

Mayor Stimpson invites citizens to attend Tourism Town Hall and I answer

http://www.wtvm.com/story/28197426/mayor-stimpson-invites-citizens-to-attend-tourism-town-hall — on Friday, February 27, 2015, 9 am — 11:30 am at the Mobile Convention Center. Admission is free. February 26, 2015 Sandy, Mobile’s lack of tourism is really a reflection of the city’s quality of life offered to its residents, the attitudes and the narrow thinking of its old residents. Much damage was done to Mobile’s downtown and psyche following the closure of Brookley Field Air Force Base, in 1969. Homes and buildings were destroyed and roads widened in the name of progress and urban renewal. The progress never came. The city’s main drag, Government Street, bears the scars from that era. Its home to a mixture of historic, new, as...

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Money for Nothing: Inside the Federal Res (An email to Richard Fisher)

Money for Nothing: Inside the Federal Res (An email to Richard Fisher)

Note: Minor edits have been made. The following email is addressed to Mr. Richard Fisher, the former President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. He’s featured in the documentary, Money for Nothing: Inside the Federal Reserve. See the embedded film below. All of the regional presidents of the Federal Reserve Bank were Cc:ed. February 17, 2015 Mr. Richard W. Fisher President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas Mr. Fisher, This past week, I discovered on NetFlix the film, Money for Nothing: Inside the Federal Reserve, and I found it to be, both, interesting and disturbing as a 43 year-old, philosopher and writer with political aspirations. Since 2007, I’ve built a global audience of 18,000 contacts, via email, living in more than 25 countries. Some...

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McGowin Park Shopping Center violates the basic principles…

McGowin Park Shopping Center violates the basic principles…

February 7, 2015 To: Mayor Sandy Stimpson Cc: Bess Rich Fred Richardson City Council Gina Gregory C.J. Small City Council 3 Levon Manzie City Council 2 and 2 more… Bcc: and 91 more… “Now it’s up to my administration to make sure we help this project in an expeditious way,” Stimpson said. He added that the administration wants to make sure it stays ahead of any problems. “It’s just more opportunities for Mobilians to get jobs. With this growth, it creates opportunity,” Mayor Stimpson said. He said he does not have the exact number of jobs the construction work and retail stores will create. — July 25, 2014 Mayor, You might want to read this publication (How to make a city great by McKinsey & Company)...

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New $160 million airport terminal at Mid-Continental Airport in Wichita, KS

New $160 million airport terminal at Mid-Continental Airport in Wichita, KS

The following story, from 2012, is on the construction of Wichita, KS’ new $160 million airport terminal replacing its old and current terminal at Mid-Continental Airport. This airport ranks #99 (736,000) in U.S. passenger traffic one spot behind Pensacola (PNS) #98 (740,000). Where as Mobile currently holds the #159 spot (287,000) for CY 2013. I believe this dollar amount is on the high side of what Mobile can expect its next airport terminal at BFM to cost and is probably more airport than we need. In my interview with WKRG’s Tiffany McCall, she reported the cost to move the airport ranging from $500mm-$1b, without attributing it to any source. These numbers went along way towards turning off area residents on this much-needed project. Below is an...

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WKRG — Petition: Move Mobile Regional Airport to Brookley Field

WKRG — Petition: Move Mobile Regional Airport to Brookley Field

MOBILE, Ala. – Mobile Regional Airport sits 11 miles west of Mobile and a lot of people have to tackle hectic Airport Boulevard to get there. Ted Burnette wants to change that. He created a petition asking the Mobile Airport Authority to move it closer to the heart of downtown – at Brookley Field. “About 600 thousand people live in Mobile and Eastern Shore and to have the smallest amount of traffic going out of the Mobile Regional Airport told me there was a problem and my conclusion is that it’s at the end of Airport Blvd., and it’s in the wrong place,” said Burnett. The Aeroplex was first established in 1929 as Bates Field and was Mobile’s first Municipal Airport. In 1948 it was renamed Brookley Air Force Base, but in...

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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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From the desk of Fred Richardson — a series of email exchanges with myself on December 26, 2014

From the desk of Fred Richardson — a series of email exchanges with myself on December 26, 2014

Start reading from the bottom up. — Ted Dec 26 at 9:54 PM To Richardson, Fred CC Mayor Sandy Stimpson Levon Manzie City Council 2 C.J. Small City Council 3 John Williams City Council Joel Daves City Council 5 and 59 more… I sat in Gulf Coast Exploreum’s presentation to the Mobile City Council seeking $400,000 from the city for this year’s budget, not one of you council members asked them why they were bleeding money and from where. Nope y’all just patted them on the back showing your support while it bleeds in the red. Pour more money into it, Mayor’! If they knew, they didn’t confess. Ted Excellence is in the details! Sent from my iPhone On Dec 26, 2014, at 9:30 PM, “Richardson, Fred”...

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WPMI Local 15 interview about Petition to Move Airport Back to Brookley Aeroplex

WPMI Local 15 interview about Petition to Move Airport Back to Brookley Aeroplex

MOBILE, Ala. (WPMI) – An online petition to move Mobile Regional Airport back to Brookley Aeroplex is taking flight in Mobile. Ted Burnett of Daphne is spearheading the petition and says the move would help the city to have a more centrally located airport, as well as increase air passenger traffic and boost economic development. Burnett believes the airport’s current location in west Mobile is inconvenient and far away from hotels and businesses. “It’s difficult to get on from I-10 and it’s not easy for anybody other than the people living in west Mobile,” Burnett said. His idea has gained support and signatures in an online petition, along with the attention of Alabama Representative Bradley Byrne. At a town hall meeting in July, Byrne said “I actually...

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Medieval castles, America and the story of fire ants

Medieval castles, America and the story of fire ants

Note: The following is an email exchange between economist and college professor Mark Skousen and myself. Some minor edits have been made. December 13, 2014   Medieval castles, America and the story of fire ants By Ted Burnett Mark, One of the essays that I hope to write is a comparison of medieval castles in Europe, how so many of them are now abandoned and the state of America. These structures once protected their owners (kings, queens or lords), maybe their subjects and all their worldly possessions. With their thick stone walls and their mountain-top views, where are these owners, their subjects and all that highly-valued stuff, today? It’s all gone. America looks a lot like one of those castles with tall walls on its southern border while...

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