Today we provide you with two posts. Chicken Little, our editorial page editor, discussed Thursday night’s heavy industrial rezoning, which affects homeowners in the Elam Road area, including the Sommersby development. Meanwhile, our aging jazz critic showed up at the Mufreesboro JazzFest last night and forgot to take good notes. But he did provide us with a pictorial essay. These two posts occupy the spaces to the right of this one.
I served four years as a Russian linguist in the Army Security Agency. After my discharge, I went to the University of Missouri journalism school on the G.I. Bill and was selected for the school's Washington Reporting Program. I worked briefly for the Federal Times in Washington and then spent 18 months as a business reporter in Lancaster, Pa. Next, I moved to Fremont, Calif., where I was city hall reporter for six years at the Fremont Argus. My last 22 years were spent at Dow Jones, first on a wire service and finally for the online Wall Street Journal. After my retirement I taught two writing classes per semester at Rutgers University for about five years. I had no plan to write again and drifted into two blogs by accident. One is on swing music, and the other focuses on city planning. I am not opposed to growth, but I believe my new home, Murfreesboro, TN, will be a much better city if we plan for it with care rather than just let it happen. Many of the people on the city council now have a 19th Century idea that it's fine to put heavy industry next to where people live. I want to change that. That is not the same thing as being anti-growth or against progress and jobs.