It is time to build

A decade ago I spoke before a large and angry crowd. The country was in the midst of economic turmoil and I was finishing my second term as a Hillsborough County Commissioner, and preparing to run for my third and final term. I remember the event well because it was...

Why and how to lift the lockdown

One size does not fit all, and the way forward will require social discipline and political leadership. Policy making requires balance. It’s not an all-or-nothing proposition. It’s like flying a plane, which requires the right touch of pitch and yaw. Too much of one...

Sharpe Bytes: Halt and Catch Fire

I am writing this Sharpe Byte while sitting at the San Francisco Airport waiting for my flight home after a week of visiting wineries, hiking the backwoods, and staying one step ahead of the ravaging wildfires. California is a fascinating state. Its economy is the 5th...