Refreshment and speculation

I can’t seem to concentrate this week, my head is either too full or too empty to hold any one thought for any amount of time. It’s been working like one of those conversations that bounce all over the place.

But, let’s get started.

The Meadowville Technology Park, a 1,300-acre quasi-industrial park, in Enon, has been a county project I have picked on since Chesterfield was paying on an option tossing 100s of thousands of dollars into a black hole until about six years ago when we finally bought the property. Then came Northrup Grumman, a new interchange on I-95 and now the huge economic development catch of the Amazon distribution center.

I have now flip flopped on the idea of breaking up the park so smaller businesses rather than giant corporations could locate there. What a turnaround. I have to congratulate those who have proved me so wrong. And what about those jobs?

And hey, have you heard about this?

State Senator Stephen H. Martin, you know, the guy who sings at churches and runs along the road at the Chester Christmas Parade shaking hands and kissing babies, has introduce a bill to this year’s General Assembly, doing away with voter registration cards in lieu of a photo id, social security card or other government identification.

I like the current method. I’m proud to vote and carry my voter registration card all dog eared and hardly readable in my wallet at all times. I enjoy whipping it out to the poll workers on election day. Not sure what he’s up to with this one.

Oh, where was I?

That book smell may soon be gone at Barnes and Noble and online sales may take over the world of the words written on paper with cardboard binding. Amazon has beat out Barnes and Noble according to an article in the New York Times. B&N is considering splitting its Nook ebook from its book store division and closing some stores.

Good for Amazon and Chesterfield but bad for my love of smelling books...

O yeah, and this.

I recently watched the movie Farenheit 451, which, if you remember, had a plot that revolved around books being outlaw and firemen starting fires to burn books.

Coincidentally or not the new Kindle ebook, an Amazon product, introduced a new version of Kindle and they call it the Kindle “Fire.”   

And speaking of Sen. Martin. We were, weren’t we?

Aren’t you tired of the Presidential election already? Day in and day out when I want to see the news, all I get it pontification by talking heads about what Romney said and who touched who’s leg and how the polls now have Ron Paul moving up. What are the odds that Huntsman will take the rail in the third turn and go nose to nose with Rick Santorum? It this a horse race or a dog race. If it’s horses, you may make a bet on one at Murphy’s Law...

And I read this week a piece by a former New York Times writer.

Journalist Stephen Kinzer, who once said in jest, “You’re not a journalist. You’re a minister pretending to be a journalist.”

Other than at the hyper-local level like we are at the Village News, there is sort of a faux objectivity, which can mask the truth. He wrote that the “journalists in Washington are all just an extension of those who supposedly represent us. But the great journalists like the great preachers care about the truth, he says. When they seek to present truth to their readers, listeners or viewers, it is often at the cost of their careers.

He also writes that corporations now control the message. This corporation now owns that one and that news organization was absorbed by another one until the real truth is never seen by common folks like us. How can we find the real truth? Not on the stage of dagger-throwing politicians and those who offer their opinions about what is being said. Who knows who owns who when corporations are treated like any person, only with piles of cash.

But I digress.

I bought the book from which I quoted from on Amazon, sorry B&N. I had to wait a few days before I could smell my new book. Linda bought several of her Christmas gifts online this year. She loved not having to fight the masses at the department stores. But have you asked yourself what will become of the big-box stores once the Internet becomes the choice of most shoppers? They could even shop from their phone. Walmart would sure make a nice big flea market. The rebirth of the small business.


ID for voting

I know that in our past we have a lot to be ashamed of for what our African American brothers & sisters had to go through just to vote, but we have come along way from that time to now. In today's society, anyone who wishes to expose themselves as racist will suffer the price and be put in their place as we will not tolerate it anymore. Having said that, we as a society, require identification in just about all our social and business dealings. The argument that requireing I.D. to vote somehow prevents the poor and minorities this right is bogus. If it was a true argument, then why do you need an I.D. and income information to qualify for food stamps, aid to dependant children, and welfare? I am just saying.....

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