I was struck yesterday at lunch at the passage of time. I was sitting with old college friends, some with their sons with them. All of us a little grayer, a little thinner at the hairline, and a little more pear shaped than we were 20 years ago. It wasn’t sadness I felt, but a kind of contentment with life. A contentment I don’t think I would have felt 2 or 3 years ago. Onto the Five Articles.
- I understand the political calculus of going to a union and telling them you are going to investigate a company for some shenanigans you believe they may have participated in over a plant closure. However, in the end, what will Cooper or the NC and US Departments of Justice be able to do to save these jobs? Not much. It might behoove Cooper to come up with a way to put these jobs back into the NC economy by, I don’t know, supporting a bill that will allow NC breweries to self-distribute more of their own beer. I think that will have a greater effect of adding jobs then trying to prove that MillerCoors closed this plant to ease the merger deal.
- I understand why it is easier to go after the small bodegas and corner shops than the “wholesale” clubs. It is easier to prove intent on that side of the problem. I think the more interesting thing is to read how the Daily News spins this story to suit its own editorial voice.
- This is stupid. Maybe even more stupid then using the yeast found in a brewer’s beard for a beer.
- As time has moved on, whenever I read a story like this I think of how brewers don’t get into this business for money, and until very recently neither did investors. They just wanted to cool factor of saying they owned part of a brewery. They didn’t get into to it to lose money, but it they probably didn’t expect to make a ton of money either. Maybe, I’m just feeling wistful today.
- This is actually a good piece of journalism. It looked at both sides of this issue and concluded that the truth lies somewhere in the middle.