One of the best quotes of 2016: "...giving back the hard fought for land gained under King Willie's administration."
Dang right FUNKbrs! We Memphians stole their right to self-determination by annexing land we never had by lying in court, and where 90% or more didn't want to be annexed, so great Memphians like you and King Willie didn't have to fix corruption, nepotism and flagrant waste. Just like our grandfathers stole the Panama Canal and our great-great-grandfathers stole much of North America - we Memphians have a manifest destiny to whatever we want including the County school system! How dare those bigots not want to merge with a money pit who spent more money per pupil and achieved acceptable performance in virtually every grade and every subject at half the level of their schools!
Heck, why doesn't the US just annex Canada? They use all our science and technology (not to mention cable TV shows) and all those resources are just laying there for us to take! We deserve it!
Unfortunately from the looks of the incoming cabinet and congress, the environment along with the "ilk" you detest will all be wacked.
Unfortunately, their is a VERY high price for "cheap" coal, namely, your health. Beijing China is a classic example. After sanctions were lifted on that country and they began to experience tremendous growth, they began building coal fired electric generating facilities and turning on a new one every week. The Beijing of today can brag that they have more air pollution that just about any place on earth along with all the respiratory ailments and lung cancer that is killing the residents by the thousands.
Because of the health crisis, China is now converting all of these coal fired generating plants to natural gas!
The air quality of Memphis and the surrounding areas will improve significantly once the new natural gas facility goes online.
Coal, just like the incandescent light bulb that Edison invented, is 20th century technology, it served us well then, but is outdated now. LED lighting is quickly taking over the lighting of our homes, businesses, and streets. Coal has been replaced by solar, wind, and high efficiency natural gas fired electric generation.
We can't live in the past nor should we try.
Oak, I think Kelsey is trying to broaden his appeal across a wider demographic since he has US senator/USrepresentative/governor ambitions.
I hope he gets the TVA thing turned around. Although I mock the entitlement system/great society and their ilk, it does not mean i am not an environmentalist. We cannot continue to trash the planet.
Not so fast Nightcrawler, there is plenty of forest left to burn before we have to use up all our lovely coal. Reinstituting slavery could bring another even more renewable resource
Bring back the cheaper, proven and more efficient coal-fired power plant. Knock the greedy, self-enriching eco-profiteers and their naive followers on their collective arses.
Aye Funkbrrrs, tell our enemies that they may take our lives, but they'll never take... OUR FREEDOM!
It's flattering to have someone assume I've ever served in city government. I'd be quite proud of myself if I had. I have not.
No, I have just honestly not agreed with Strickland or his policies. I honestly believe Strickland was elected in an attempt to appease racist suburban whites who refuse to live in Memphis under a black mayor.
It's not working. Why should we welcome back with open arms those who abandoned the City of Memphis in it's greatest time of need? You could feel a palpable loss of hope in the people of the community when Strickland was elected. I feel the Lipscomb scandal carried the same amount of merit as Pizzagate, and was wrongfully used as an excuse to #turnofftheAC. A marvelous hashtag, yes, but not exactly up to snuff for the running of a city. Strickland is Memphis's Trump, or maybe Trump is America's Strickland.
I'm a huge advocate for Memphis of, for, and by Memphians. No carpet bagging outsiders should feel welcome here. Like locusts, they will strip us of our value and leave us an empty husk just as they did in the 70's. They betrayed us before. Loyalty is not in them. Strickland has spoken multiple times of giving back the hard fought for land gained under King Willie's administration. I honestly support the idea of an incorporated buffer zone to serve as a cultural barrier to outside interests attempting to infest our city.
If your family moved out east in the 70's, don't come back. You are not welcome. Just keep on going the rest of the way to Nashville like the other turncoats.
Funkbrs, I have to wonder what position in the past administrations you held that makes you so anti-Strickland. You seem to attack him on any issue regardless of his ability (as mayor) to have any effect on an outcome. So what is it? Your gravy train has run out or you miss the attention you used to receive?
I think the only option left now would be for the City of Memphis ( Mayor & City Council) to issue a Cease & Desist, Stop Work Order on the entire construction project, if that can be legally done.
That action would quickly bring TVA and all parties to the table. TVA has become the "bully on the block" so to speak.
The excellent article in Sunday's Commercial Appeal really covered what a poor job Shelby County has done in controlling/regulating water wells in Shelby County. Clearly, they lack the laws and regulations that other areas of the country have in place to manage this valuable resource.
Since Shelby County is the legal entity that so-called regulates all aspects of water wells here, I think it may be unfair to blame Mayor Strickland. The fact that he's trying is a good first step.
This is a classic example of what happens when two government entities DON'T work together for the common good of all the citizens.
Strickland isn't helping solve the problem. His inability to defend our water on the front end IS the problem.
Thank you Mayor Strickland! Please help us protect one of our most valuable resources - our drinking water. Memphis has long been known for its excellent water. Let's keep it safe for generations to come!
@Lisa - Man this -does- smell fishy...
Water is the new oil.
I was at that same hearing and we were all told while we could observe it was a judicial function and not a public meeting and we could not speak. There were key players who were supposed to present evidence for the Sierra club who could not attend at this date and they would not allow the hearing to be reset. The people pushing for the drilling and cheap source of water are TVA folks who DO NOT RESIDE IN MEMPHIS. Sadly, our own health department water safety spokesman sold us out by saying there was NO THREAT TO THE SAFETY OF THE GROUNDWATER by allowing TVA to pump millions of gallons a day from it. I wondered if this guy plans to retire and leave Memphis. The people pushing for the drilling have no skin in the game as far as losing quality of the water.
@mem4mem - Technically, what he went to wasn't a 'forum'. It was a 'hearing'. As a legal proceeding, the presiding officer would likely not want to muddy the waters with unsolicited opinions. I fully understand their reasoning. I just don't think most Memphians believe that they should be allowed to use their positions (in which they are acting in trust for the whole community) in order to stifle debate. It was a really, really bad idea not to let him talk.
Has a Memphis mayor ever been denied the chance to speak at a county forum?
TVA has clearly stated publicly, that the reason for their desire to use water from their own drilled wells is twofold. First and primarily, the water pumped from the Memphis Aquifer requires little if any filtering/processing and it significantly reduces their maintenance on the plant cooling system. Second, buying water from MLG&W poses two problems, cost and 100% availability. They claim that should the MLG&W water become unavailable due to some mechanical breakdown, that issue would put the electric generating plant in jeopardy.
It's interesting to note that other large commercial water users have not complained about a shortage or water supply failure.
Memphis is blessed to be located on the Mississippi River. A source of water that has so far, never run out. TVA locates it's nuclear generating facilities adjacent to rivers for the sole purpose of pumping river water out to cool the facility.
In my view, that same approach should be used here for the Memphis facility.
The ONLY reason TVA is persuading this water solution is M O N E Y!
They are only interested in the cheapest solution.
Please keep in mind that the only purpose of this billion dollar gas fired electric generating facility is to provide electricity to MEMPHIS and the surrounding communities in Shelby County.
Because of that fact alone, Mayor Strickland and the Memphis City Council should have the final say about ALL aspects of this project.
Yep. They need to go back to the design that uses water pumped from the Mississippi alluvial aquifer right under the river. It would be just as easy, and wouldn't need much treatment, if any at all. The coolant discharge could go right back into the river as well. This seems so obvious as to be a no-brainer.
So why aren't they doing it? What's REALLY going on here?
This is a PR nightmare of the TVAs own creation. They said one thing and thought they could sneak in another. They should be ashamed.
The failure of the TVA to recognize their own mistake is indicative of poor leadership. If our local leaders can influence whether the TVA leaders keep their jobs, they should.
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