Shelling into Submission.


Today I spent some of the day in historic Charleston, South Carolina. It’s an amazing place, especially the downtown area and the waterfront park with the heavyweight cannons that were used to shell Fort Sumter into submission in 1861 and begin the Civil War. In addition to this historic battle there are also a number of monuments and inscriptions relative to the fighting of the British in the Revolutionary War, and the important role Charleston had in all of this. Before today I had never really associated Charleston with the Revolutionary War. But it's there...

Man either knows his history or he is doomed to repeat it.

Later I drove up Market Street; it was like being in Portsmouth, Portland, Me. and Manchester all at the same time. Many of the buildings are clearly southern based plantation architecture but all the commercial type of buildings look very similar to what is found in New England. Especially in the textile and manufacturing areas. There’s even a restaurant called Cotton—looks exactly the same as the one in Manchester. My only argument with historic Charleston is that there are way too many art galleries but what else could there be.

Further up I went by the modern working port of Charleston. This operation completely reminded me of Portsmouth the layout of the real estate is almost identical. Except the difference here is Charleston is a successful intermodal based transportation port while New Hampshire is a ghost town with no future on the horizon. So on the later part I say a big thank you to DRED Commissioner George Bald for all you do and will do for New Hampshire.

While I’m on the subject of economic development and jobs Senate Bill 489 Inexpedient to Legislate. During my two terms in the NH House I don’t recall the main body ever overturning the committee report sans some glaring error and usually it was a minor piece of legislation not a major policy shift like expanded gaming.

So if Massachusetts passes its gaming legislation all the casino and tourism revenue that should have stayed here will instead go down there.

What are they thinking in the Statehouse? And what kind of firepower would it take to change all this?

"The great decisions of the day are not determined by diplomacy and negotiation but by blood and iron." -Otto Von Bismarck.

Speaking of firepower perhaps the NH tea party activists are firing their shells at the wrong target? And what is their strategy anyway, except to go to one of their rallies and listen to Sarah Palin give a speech. Imagine heavyweight shells falling into the Atlantic Ocean.  

And the fort was still there.