Aug 20, 2018

Whatever Happened to Home Rule?

     Ask many Alabama politicians if they favor "Home Rule", and you'll get--- at least--- a lot of platitudes about the concept, if not the execution.
     Now an important home rule lawsuit has been given new life by the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. As the NY Times reports:

"The City Council in Birmingham, home to the state’s largest black population, voted to raise the city’s minimum wage to $10.10 an hour from the federal minimum of $7.25 following a campaign by civil rights and social service organizations and strikes by local fast-food workers as part of the Fight for $15 movement. Then, just days before the raise was to take effect, the state legislature rushed through a bill nullifying the authority of cities to adopt any local wage ordinances."

     But now the 11th circuit has backed the right of the city to go to court against the state.
     And a lot of other states and cities are watching to see what happens.
     Watch what state and local elected officials say. Some will argue that allowing cities to set various minimum wages would create financial chaos and companies would rather leave Alabama than deal with it.  
     Which is why we have standard local sales taxes and fees, from city to city and county to county. Right? Exactly.

Aug 15, 2018

Value of The Free press...

...Or is the media the "enemy of the people"?

From the Boston Globe, a call to newspapers across the land to join the battle.

"A central pillar of President Trump’s politics is a sustained assault on the free press. Journalists are not classified as fellow Americans, but rather “The enemy of the people.” This relentless assault on the free press has dangerous consequences. We asked editorial boards from around the country – liberal and conservative, large and small – to join us today to address this fundamental threat in their own words."

As of right now---Wednesday night at 10:00PM. the NY Times compilation of editorials, broken down by state, shows only ONE item in all of Alabama.

A note from the professional journalists society: SDX.

I promise to check in the morning, and pray that I will find more.

UPDATE: not a single addition.

Aug 10, 2018

Out of Touche'

     For a guy my age, I like to think I keep at least a surface awareness of what is going on with people from generations before and after me.
     Then again, every now and then I come across a TV show or an article that makes me wonder if I should be inserting it into a translating program of some kind. That was the case with a NY Times story I read, or tried to read, today. The headline:

Can Society Scale?

The growth, challenges and splintering of a Facebook group about urbanism and public transportation is the story of us all.

HERE'S the full story which I read, or looked at a couple of times before deciding it was not in Tim's language.

Aug 7, 2018

MLK in Tuscaloosa

A rare photo of Dr. King in Tuscaloosa has surfaced...

[Tuscaloosa, Ala.] A rare photograph showing the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at Tuscaloosa's First African Baptist Church and a brief video of the events during Bloody Tuesday at the church have been uncovered by the Tuscaloosa Civil Rights History Task Force.
The photo of Dr. King shows him giving a sermon at the pulpit of First African Baptist Church during the Installation Service of the Rev. T.Y. Rogers Jr. Taken on March 9, 1964, by photographer Edward Jenkins--one of the few African American photographers who covered the movement.
Read more about the photo and some equally rare video on the Task Force web site HERE. (click on "press release")

Atlanta Journal Story

"7 pivotal historic sites along Alabama's Civil Rights Trail."

 Their story is HERE.


(But someone needs to let the Journal know one is closed for repairs, so let's call it a half dozen.

(OK I did. I sent them an email.)If you missed the Alabama News Network story about the temporary closing in July, watch it HERE.