No, the economy is not like a baseball game, so let’s not cover them the same way

I’m reading Frank Deford’s 2012 memoir, Over Time: My Life as a Sportswriter. (Yes, it’s been on my reading list since it was published, and when it shows up as a Kindle Daily Deal for $1.99, that’s it. Oh, there’s Dyan Cannon’s Dear Cary: My Life with Cary Grant; better get that too, it’s only $0.99.)  Reading Deford reminds me of why I always wanted to write, and what’s wrong with business … [Read more...]

Art takes time

Robert Caro, 2012 I've caught Hamilton fever. Yes, like many others, I listen to the original cast album, over and over, and look forward to someday seeing the musical in person. The Hamilton soundtrack connects me to one of my other lifelong passions: biographies. Hamilton is based on Ron Chernow's biography of Hamilton, which inspired Lin-Manuel Miranda to write the show.  It's been on my … [Read more...]

Helping convenience stores by encouraging smoking?

Photo: Flikr Creative Commons "Tobacco users get tax break from Legislature," reads the headline in today's StarTribune.  The tax break in question involves the cigarette tax.  In 2013, the legislature and governor approved three years of annual increases in the tax, with an inflation adjustment built in to maintain the real value of the tax.  The tax bill includes a provision to eliminate the … [Read more...]