Local Gil Meche

Published on January 24th, 2011 | by Leonard Jackson

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Good News

Ford EscapeIn Kansas City last Wednesday morning we all woke up to a brand new day and the two leading stories in the Kansas Star were: (1) The Ford Motor Company announced it was going to spend $400 million dollars to revamp their Claycomo plant, thus ending the speculation of its a closing and saving 3,750 jobs plus several hundred more in various suppliers jobs. They will now manufacture the next Ford Escape, formerly produced in Claycomo, in their two plants in Louisville, Ky. and produce a new model after the new construction is completed to accommodate it at Claycomo. What a welcome change to see all these big numbers for new construction and rescued jobs for the area.

And speaking of big numbers, the (2) headline was the announcement by Royals pitcher, Gil Meche, that he has decided to retire and forego his $12.4 million final payment of his five year contract. He had suffered some serious shoulder injuries over the past four years and had debated spending his last year in the bullpen. But although he could have simply reported to spring training and claimed he was injured (which was true) and collected his $12.4 million dollars (which he was contractually owed) and headed on back home to Louisiana, but he didn’t. He said it wasn’t the right thing to do. Can you imagine that? I realize that it’s not as hard to turn down $12.4 million after you’ve received $40 million already, but a deals a deal. The money was his if he claimed it. I don’t care how the players’ union feels about this but it sure makes good reading just to know that there are still some of these people left in professional sports.

It’s not often that good news is the lead story of the day. When it happens we should make note and celebrate the event.

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About the Author

Leonard Jackson

As I prepare my “reentry” into the e-world of blogging, I am advised that I should provide my prospective audience with a brief biographical résumé covering my life’s work and future aspirations so that I, and my work, can be properly categorized and thus judged in the proper venue.
Since I will be joining a new group in just a few short months, it came to my attention that for a quick summary I can cover my life span in 20 year segments that pretty well sum up the route that I took to get to where I am today.
In December, the Lord willing, I will become a member of that esteemed group known as Octogenarians. . Now that may be a disturbing, even scary, pigeonhole for some folks to find themselves assigned to, but I’m beginning to realize some real benefits from being maturity advantaged.
The first 20 years I grew up, was educated and began my married life and my career.
Second period was about 20 years in the cotton business in Memphis, TN. Trading this commodity in the world’s largest inland cotton market.
Third period was spent in the municipal bond industry in Memphis, Houston TX
Chicago and finally to my present home in Kansas City, MO.
The fourth 20 years I served as a registered investment adviser to a number of individual clients which I continue to do in a semi-retired capacity.
In addition to all this, over all these years, I have been blessed with a loving wife of sixty years, four children, four grandchildren, two great grandchildren, and a menagerie of grand horses, dogs, cats and a donkey. Providentially, none of these, except of course my patient wife, are still living in the family home.
And now the fifth period will be consumed in my new career. For the first time in all the years I have an opportunity to share my opinions with the world. I can truly express my thoughts without regard to any extenuating conditions. I can just say how I feel about any subject. How liberating. Let the blogging begin!!!!
By the way – what I do in the next period remains to be seen and depends on how well I do in the fifth period.



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