Common Cents for July 5, 2012

August 6, 2012, by John Norris

This past Tuesday, we had lunch with a client who is a business owner. His business has been growing nicely over the last couple of years. As a result, he is understandably a little more sanguine about the economy than most of the people I know. Without divulging what his company does, let me just it is a niche, and he has also tweaked his business model and delivery channels to meet changing market conditions....

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Common Cents for June 29, 2012

August 6, 2012, by John Norris

 Yesterday, I sent a number of bullet points to a reporter friend of mine who had asked the question: “In your own words, tell me what you feel must be done to fix our job market in metro Birmingham and Alabama - despite (the) state trumpeting our big unemployment rate over last year, Alabama ranks near the bottom nationally in job creation - How can we turn thing around?” So, I sent him back the...

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Common Cents for June 22, 2012

August 6, 2012, by John Norris

For Father’s Day, the family gave me a book I wanted entitled Dark Star Safari by Paul Theroux. It is a narrative of the author’s trek from Cairo to Cape Town via truck, train, bus, minivan, car, ferry, and even dugout canoe. In his twenties, he had been a member of the Peace Corps in Malawi soon after that country’s independence; he spent another four years in Uganda as a professor at a university. Now,...

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Common Cents for June 8, 2012

August 1, 2012, by John Norris

Currently, my son is playing some post-season tournament baseball. When I was growing up, we called this sort of thing All-Stars; however, that was back in the day when you only had 1 All-Star team per grade per community. These days, most of the good players in the league can hitch their wagon to a team after the regular season is over. It is all in good fun, or should be. Now, I like to...

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