Amtrak Argument: Should taxpayers continue to support nationwide rail service?

There are different trains of thought among Amtrak supporters when it comes to whether it makes sense for the taxpayers to continue to support the government subsidized rail service.

However, the for-profit company that has never turned an annual profit, is well on its way to receiving billions more.

Amtrak, a publicly funded and operat­ed passenger train service, hasn’t been in the black since it was founded in 1971. In 2002, even Amtrak’s then-president, David Gunn, told a Senate Committee, “Amtrak will never be profitable.”

Business Lessons from George Washington

As a history major, I am intrigued by the origins of our great country.  George Washington is a logical place to start.

(Feb. 16) we celebrate(d) his birthday with Abraham Lincoln’s as Presidents Day – the third Monday in February.

But what do we really know about this founding father who led our country through the Revolutionary War?

The New York Times wrote, “By comparing textbooks used in the 1960s with those of today, researchers at Mount Vernon, Washington’s home in Virginia, have concluded that Washington now occupies just 10 percent of the space he had then.”

Big Business

While small businesses are very important job generators, more than half of Americans are working in large enterprises. The tendency toward large or small size firms varies markedly by industry as well as geography. Average pay per employee is also affected by size. The essential requirements for the success of any business are largely the same (quality workforce and infrastructure, predictable regulatory environment, manageable cost, and tax structure). However, there are differences, which can inform the policy and economic development process.

From the Desk of Ida Schossow

The Bassmaster Elite Series Fishing Tournament presented by the Stark Cultural Venues in conjunction with the Orange County River Festival will be back in Orange on March 19-22. The anglers will launch daily at 6:30 a.m. from the City of Orange Boat Ramp on Simmons Drive. There will be a ribbon cutting Thursday, March 19, at 11 a.m. as we kick off the Orange County River Festival. Plan to attend the daily weigh in at 3 p.m. to cheer your favorite angler on to victory. The High School Fish with the Pros Tournament will weigh in on the Bassmaster stage on Saturday, March 21, at 2 p.m.

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