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Governor Markell's "take" on the World Economic Forum at Davos

I chatted with Governor Markell about his visit to Davos, Switzerland, to attend the World Economic Forum. He attended in his capacity as Chair of the National Governors Association, and the NGA picked up the tab.

Next month, the Governor leads a Delaware trade delegation to India.

Audio Here

Posted at 5:47am on January 29, 2013 by Allan Loudell

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Tue, Jan 29, 2013 8:39am

Markell has done a good job, leading all those Indian businessmen to open their WaWa stores in Delaware.

Mike from Delaware
Tue, Jan 29, 2013 9:48am
Teatime: I think you meant to type 7/11 stores and Dunkin Donuts, not WaWa.

The current president and CEO of Wawa is Howard Stoeckel. Eleuthère (Thère) du Pont has served as both the CFO and president, but is no longer associated with the company. Richard D. (Dick) Wood, Jr. is chairman of the board of directors.

A lot of info and history about WaWa at the link below.


Tue, Jan 29, 2013 10:08am
I think Markell is doing a fair job. I do have to laugh whenever I hear the news clip where he says that in comparison to last year, people were more upbeat. Then he says he wasn't there last year. Did that strike anyone else as an unusual comment?

Allan Loudell
Tue, Jan 29, 2013 10:27am
That struck me as well even as he was saying it.

I think the Governor was trying to say -- from what he had heard of past forums, and just his recollection of what people in high finance were saying a year or two ago -- the mood this year was more upbeat, perhaps not enthusiastic, but far more positive than in the years since the start of the Great Recession.

As far as Subcontinental Indian-Americans taking over Delaware convenience stores, that phenomenon had already started shortly after I arrived in Delaware in 1987, during the time that Mike Castle, and then Tom Carper served as Governor (I assume teatime was jesting)...

Allan Loudell

Tue, Jan 29, 2013 5:46pm

Tue, Jan 29, 2013 6:53pm
I just read an article regarding a town meeting in Newtown, Ct regarding the school massacre and the issue of gun rights vs. gun restrictions. One fact that stood out to me was that Connecticut already has had an assault weapons ban on the books for the last 20 years, and the rifle used by Adam Lanza was one of the guns included in that ban. So apparently, his mother obtained that gun illegally (probably purchased in another state). Perhaps she didn't know the weapon was illegal under Connecticut law, or maybe she did. In any event, the law didn't stop the massacre from happening.

I'm not trying to make the case for or against assault weapons, but laws are made to be broken, and they WILL be broken by criminals. Here's the article:


Wed, Jan 30, 2013 4:36pm
Which is why we don't need more laws to regulate guns. We need to ban assault rifles, period. Park at a shooting range. You're under arrest. You're under arrest. You're under arrest. You're under arrest. If there are no guns, then there we don't need to enforce the ineffective laws regulating them. The more one probes this issue, the clearer it becomes. Get rid of guns.

Each time it comes up, it makes more and more and more sense.

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