Mobile Politics

Essays found in this category pertain to local political and social issues (Mobile, AL).

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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Petition: Mayor Sandy Stimpson: Please move the Mobile Regional Airport (MOB) back to Brookley Field.

Petition: Mayor Sandy Stimpson: Please move the Mobile Regional Airport (MOB) back to Brookley Field.

Petition: Mayor Sandy Stimpson: Please move the Mobile Regional Airport (MOB) back to Brookley Field.                  

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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...

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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....

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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...

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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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Dear Ashley Rich, Mobile (AL) District Attorney’s Office

Ashley, After reading in the Lagniappe, this morning, what I perceived as your sincere comments about Gordon Waller, I thought I would bring the following “hot potato” to your attention. You’ll probably want to recues yourself and your office from any investigation involving former D.A. John Tyson and Asst. D.A. Steve Giardini and their handling of the local Catholic priest molestation unit which they established, in 2003, in response to the national priest scandal. That summer, I came toward and met with the two of them about a “possible” claim of sexual abuse by a Catholic priest assigned to St. Ignatius, in 1980-82. I was 10 years old, at the time.Following our meeting, where I gave them some details of a possible incident and the overall...

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Law enforcement and political corruption (Mobile, AL) in the 2003 cover up of a notorious child molester, Fr. Norman Rogge.

[November 11, 2011] To: Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange (The Agent of Record) Subject: Cover up of Catholic priest sex crimes by Mobile District Attorney John Tyson, Asst. DA Steve Giranidi (2003) Civil rights violations by the Mobile Police Department, then Police Chief Sam Cochran, City of Mobile, Mobile County Sheriff Department, now Sheriff Sam Cochran. I also have some information on former Mobile County Commissioner Steve Nodine that [State] Special Prosecutor David Whetstone might be interested in hearing about a one-time encounter that revealed his “insane” character in a downtown restaurant in Mobile (2008?). http://blog.al.com/live/2011/11/stephen_nodine_case_prosecutio.html From:Ted BurnettPhilosopher and writer The following is a...

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Emails to Mobile Police Chief about Occupy Mobile! (Alabama)

Note: The following are two emails sent to Mobile Police Chief Tyrone Williams in response to Occupy Mobile! and our impromptu meeting on Tuesday, at Spanish Plaza on Government St. (Mobile, AL). The original email is under my follow up (at the top). For better context, I suggest reading the original one, first. Have a great day, wherever you live. Change is slowly happening. Enjoy! Ted [November 9, 2011] Chief Williams, See the following Youtube video of last night’s assault by the Mobile Police Department on Occupy Mobile! that was emailed to me, this afternoon. So, are you just another Bull Conner, Chief? Why are you protecting the old WHITE way? Mobile is a joke. Maybe the Justice Department, the Obama Administration needs to see this video and get...

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My reply: No silver bullet for Alabama’s insurance crisis by Sen. Ben Brooks

June 19, 2011 The following link, No silver bullet for Alabama’s insurance crisis, is an op-ed written by Alabama senator Ben Brooks (Mobile-R) appearing in today’s edition of the Press-Register. My reply follows. Sen. Brooks, The Republicans love to promote the virtues of the free market while demagoguing a government of any size and it’s influence.  Isn’t the free market working, just fine, on this issue of coastal home insurance even though some carriers have left the market, the rates have gone up significantly and the coverage has been restricted?  As a Republican, you’re arguing for a government intervention to solve this supply and demand issue.  Am I right? I wish you felt that same way about these high gas prices at the...

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