It took almost three years for our progressive Center for a Better South to get its tax-exempt status approved. I'm convinced we finally got approval only after complaining in a letter to the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Treasury.
Although today's South is a diverse economic engine, it still has educational, environmental, poverty, health and other challenges brought on, in large part, by a long period of neglect following the Civil War.
If you listen to the rhetoric surrounding the Gulf oil disaster, much of the talk is about people getting their lives back to normal -- to how things were. But is this really the right focus? Just look at how things have been.