Marking an anniversary; seeking comments

Published 11:00 pm Wednesday, May 15, 2013

I’ve been writing for The Messenger now for one full year. (My, how time flies!) In my first year of writing, I have enjoyed reaching out to you all-readers of The Messenger and members of the local community-to share some of the things I’m thinking about. The strangers stopping me to say “great column” when I’m out and about and the critics calling my office to leave me nasty messages when I’ve said things they disagree with make my ongoing writing gig for The Messenger worth it.

The feedback, whether positive or negative, is appreciated, and I wish people were giving me more of it. In the hope of hearing from you all, I’m celebrating one year on the job by giving you all the chance to steer the conversation over the next several months.

To do so, please submit a question or topic in the Comments section of this column.

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If I don’t hear from anyone, I will keep writing about topics on my mind-economics, politics, personal finance. But, I’m curious to know what’s on your mind and want to give you all every opportunity to be engaged in ideas that matter for our community, our state, and our nation.

Scott Beaulier is Chair of the Economics and Finance Division and Director of the Manuel H. Johnson Center for Political Economy at Troy University. Email Scott at