Virtual Front Page, Friday, Feb. 4, 2011

All right! An entire week in which I didn’t miss a single Virtual Front Page! Here you go:

  1. Obama seeks quick Egypt handover (BBC) — Glad to see we’ve gotten off the fence on this one. In for a dime, in for a dollar.
  2. With Upheaval, How Large Is The Opening For Islamists? (NPR) — This analysis looks at the most worrisome question in all this, and offers some solace.
  3. 2 Detained Reporters Saw Secret Police’s Methods Firsthand (NYT) — Nothing like reporting straight from the heart of the matter.
  4. Economy Adds Few Jobs (WSJ) — Everybody blames it on the weather, but nobody does anything about it.
  5. Thomas Ravenel: Government’s drug war ‘wrongly focused’ (P&C) — I guess he would know.
  6. City of Columbia looks to add new industrial park (CRBR) — Maybe not a thrilling story, but the freshest thing I could find locally that had enough significance to make the front.

6 thoughts on “Virtual Front Page, Friday, Feb. 4, 2011

  1. Kathryn Fenner (D- SC)

    One detail about the industrial park that I haven’t seen covered in any stories is that in order to offer a certain type of tax incentives, which tax incentives are required because our our ridiculous assessment ratio on manufacturing!, you need to have a formally established “industrial park.” Timing is of the essence, as we say, in many of these decisions to locate, because the companies don’t want to wait for a municipality to establish a park (the companies may well dither all they like!)

  2. Kathy

    T-Rav. LOL. Just so happy I knew better than to vote for him. Sickening that he defeated a darn good treasurer and a decent man. Ravenel is just one in a long line of SC jokes. How social conservatives can vote for people like him remains a mystery to me. I prefer to think that more insight would stop some people from blindly pushing the “R” button with no knowledge about the candidates. Been a Republican for over 40 yrs, but I don’t vote for felons. I’m a Republican, proudly NOT a Libertarian.

  3. Mark Stewart

    I find it ironic that a municipality (Columbia this time) would want to pre-develop an industrial park in the hopes that a future tenant might come along to take it – sort of like the government buying lottery tickets to “invest” in the future. The perverse part is how Columbia – and Richland & Lexington Counties and the Town of Lexington, et al – work so hard to make it difficult for job creating companies to set up business here. Each municipality is constantly enamored with the idea of landing the marquee deal out of the blue. And at the same time, each sets up a gauntlet of bureaucracy to thwart the company’s that do try to grow here.

    Don’t get me wrong, I am all for intelligent zoning and development controls. I just don’t see much evidence of that occurring in many of the municipalities around the Midlands. Let’s just make it possible for free-market investors to purchase, improve and operate job-creating entities. Government should prove that it can govern well before it goes and tries to be a capitalist, too.

    To be fair though, Columbia is just responding to the influence of all the neighborhood groups – none of which want to see any kind of change to occur in their particular neighborhood. So instead of facilitating the creation of jobs here and there throughout the community, they would instead rather bet the farm on a pipe dream and let the neighborhoods continue their inexorable path of decay. It’s what the people want, I guess.

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