Gaming out The Ledger’s “change in our editorial position”

You may or may not have seen new Ledger Publisher Kevin Drake’s “Open Letter to Readers” editorial on Sunday. If you missed it, you’ll be relieved to know that during his month as publisher, “it has become obvious to me that Polk County is a special place.” We can all breathe a little easier knowing […]

In Which Billy Eats Some Crow About The Ledger

In a rather harsh article that came out almost exactly one year ago, I declared: “Within two years, maybe sooner, expect The Ledger to compete with Lakeland Local full-time as an online-only magazine.” I was responding to The Ledger’s decision to dump salary, errr, lay off a number of long-term, experienced employees–including a couple of […]

2011 Week 4

12 in 6. Not by design, Lakeland Local has published 12 articles in each of two of the four weeks of 2011. The other two weeks carried 15 and 9 articles. Math majors will point out those two average to 12. We try to publish Monday to Friday, save for this weekly media roundup on […]

2011 Week 3

Comments centered this week on why a pair of Lakeland Local columnists were not Libertarians. Kemp Brinson kicked off the discussion with a Martin Luther King Day post Why I’m Not a Libertarian. Billy Townsend ended the weak explaining Why Billy is Not a Libertarian. No other Lakeland Local columnists chose this week to announce […]

Ledger Endtimes, Part One: Time For Skip To Go, Too

This will burn every bridge I have remaining with Ledger management. But it doesn’t matter much. The nature of the newest layoffs clearly suggest that The Ledger’s days as a daily print product are numbered. Within two years, maybe sooner, expect The Ledger to compete with Lakeland Local full-time as an online-only magazine. But trust […]

The Almost Charmingly Relentless Bad Faith Of The Orlando Sentinel’s Editorial Page

The Sentinel editorial page was at it again recently, stomping feet and calling people who object to corporate giveaways and freight train disruption in their downtown cores “haters” and other such silliness.

We sure are selfish over here. After all, these freight trains and this looming industrial corridor really aren’t that big of a deal. Don’t we understand that CSX provides a valuable frieight service, for which we should all be thankful? And, I mean, these Orlando folks have just wanted commuter rail for so long. It’s been such a high priority. It’s so important for mobility. And did I mention the freight traffic really isn’t that big a deal? Surely, if they could, those Orlando folks would keep it because it’s really a minor issue, right?

Hmmm. From the Sentinel, A1, Oct. 15, 2002, Part 3 of a 4-part series called Breaking the Gridlock.

Headline: Rerouting Trains Could Ease Backups; But Diverting Them From Orlando’s Center Would Come At A Steep Price

“Twinkies and beer, it turns out, do a remarkably good job of blocking traffic. Of course, anything packed in a mile-long freight train stops traffic. Just ask Central Florida drivers. About a dozen times a day, their trips through Winter Park, Orlando and other parts or urban Orange County are halted by engines and freight cars rumbling across the region’s urban midsection.