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DeKalb County 2014 Transportation Plan: Prosperity In Mobility?

By Jonathan Banes
BAMSouth.com Contributing Writer

On November 16th, the DeKalb County government held a neighborhood summit in Downtown Decatur to discuss its proposal for extensive transportation improvements not only for Decatur proper but for the major corridors located throughout the county. There, community leaders from DeKalb met with officials, specifically PatreceKeeter (DeKalb County Department of Public Works) and Cristina Pastore (Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc) who are the primary representatives of the project proposal. The goals of this ambitious project consists of four primary objectives: improve mobility for all people, enhance quality of life, improve economic vitality, and a focus on implementation of the aforementioned transportation plan.

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Blowing the Whistle

by Ken West
BAMSouth.com Contributing Writer

Imagine you’re at a skating rink. Lots of people skate around the rink having a good time. Two skate guards (like referees at a hockey game) make sure that no one skates recklessly. Suddenly, some new skaters enter the rink, weaving in and out among the crowd at high rates of speed. People start to scatter. It’s becoming a dangerous situation.

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The Hot Air President

by Ken West
BAMSouth.com Contributing Columnist

President Obama gives good speeches. He talks a good game. He verbalizes thoughts of hope and change. He told us that he’d be a new kind of President, and change Washington. He has delivered on that promise–he is indeed a new kind of President. He’s the Hot Air President.
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Discovering Dixie: Contradictions, Myths, History…And Reality

by Jeffrey Cavanuagh
BAMSouth.com Contributing Columnist

In this, the premier edition of our new online magazine devoted to covering Southern business and culture, it is fitting, I think, to first place the American South – from its culture and people to its businesses and economic potential – into a global context. After all, to paraphrase an old saying, the journey of a thousand miles may start with a single step, but if you don’t know where you’re coming from you’ll inevitably get lost while getting to where you’re going to. (more…)

The Marketplace, Orwell’s Mistake, and Homeless Entrepreneurs

by Ken West
BAMSouth.com Contributing Writer


One thing we can take for granted is that in order to make an exchange in the marketplace of goods and services we must offer something of value. It’s fundamental to capitalism and to life itself.In his semi-autobiographical novel, “Down and Out in Paris and London,” George Orwell wrote about the hardships that a beggar encounters. Orwell wrote that a beggar works just as hard as someone pursuing a job, and that a beggar deserves remuneration.

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The Moral Argument For Unfettered Capitalism

By Danny Bedwell
BAMSouth.com Contributing Columnist

Autonomy Over Authority Is The Ticket To Prosperity

When using the term unfettered capitalism, I am referring to the exchange of goods and services where the terms of the transaction are determined completely by the parties involved—no outside entity placing themselves between the buyer and seller, nor any outside entity placing requirements on the terms of the transaction. It has been proven throughout history that whenever the buyer and seller are left alone to consider the risk and benefits of the transaction, they will only agree to the transaction if it makes sense to both of them. If one party or the other finds something in the terms objectionable, they may reject the terms, or renegotiate for more suitable terms. (more…)

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