Elections are funny things. A group of committed candidates can mobilize enough people in off year elections to change the composition of a legislative body. I, for one, never bought into the paradigm put forth by pro-consolidation proponents. I grew up here and understand the people of Shelby County. With that said, it is in the long term interest of the citizens of Memphis to reconstitute it's own municipal school system.
Every municipality gets a specific amount from the County Commission based on attendance, and then each municipality does what Memphis did up until two years ago. Tax and make up the difference.
As for the budget request, it is in the best interest this year to bite the bullet this year since the suburbs and their representatives had made it clear that this is a one year shot. Our students and the other stakeholders will make a way until the separation. Also, after sitting through a few suburban board/listening meetings (Collierville was my favorite) I am fully aware of the "feelings" that motivate my "fellow citizens" feel in reference to education.
It is obvious that the common interest will never take hold here, so it is in the best interest for each municipal entity go it alone in reference to the schools. We have nothing to offer each other so let's drop the pretense.
As for closed borders, I never stated/ infered that. It's just not smart to spend where it's not in your best interest. If you listen to your fellow pro-municipal school posters, you will notice the glee that comes with statements like "keep shopping at Hobby Lobby and Bounce Zone in Bartlett. You're helping us fund our schools with the muni sales tax." Or my favorite one: I don't work, shop, eat, or play in Memphis." One doesn't need a code book to understand these sentiments. City shopping and internet shopping do have their appeal.
Granted, by bringing in 10mill a yr in revenue speaks volumes to the business model in place for 152, it comes with a high-risk component as well. Maybe its just me, but I feel when you have 3 floors, attracting 3 types of crowds|genre's, you are setting yourself up for failure somewhere down the line. I also think 152 (and other areas of Memphis too) have capitalized off of that "anything goes" culture we have in the mid-south when it comes to entertainment. 1st floor should just be for live music yes, 2nd floor needs to be defined with what type of "urban" crowd you are trying to attract(trust me, there are differences), and 3rd floor should could continue to be for VIP or maybe private events?
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I stand corrected on my Greek pagan symbolism.
The caduceus is indeed the symbol of commerce and in no way represents medicine, healing or Rafael. The single snake wrapped around the staff is the symbol of healing and also holds entirely different meaning in biblical terms.
You may have to bring me up to date on your "sheep's bladder" theory. I haven't heard that one but I would bet it keeps your listners on the edge of their seats. LOL
The Clinton scandals were so underreported, an entire television news network (Fox) was founded on reporting them.
Satire has no chance around here.
@Memphistenguy: My wife and I have invested to much blood, sweat, and tears in preparing them to risk them staying here to fight the same battles that their grandparents had to fight. I am on my second career, middle-aged, and a land lord. Our parents are either buried, or aging and we are obligated to stay. There are more years behind than in front, it's soon to be their time. They need to leave to realize their full potential. This is not a place to start your career.
As someone who works at a cat-specific animal hospital, I can attest that it's pretty important that your outdoor cat gets up-to-date shots. While there are countless instances of animal abuse that goes on at MAS, they are correct in suggesting that allowing an outdoor cat to roam your neighborhoods without vaccines or being spayed/neutered is another form of animal abuse that greatly contributes to overcrowding in shelters like MAS in the first place. If you don't choose to get your cat vaccinated at MAS, please do it somewhere! I can't tell you how many cats have been killed or abandoned or how many thousands of unnecessary dollars are spent on lengthy procedures every day at my work because a cat owner was too frugal and unconcerned to vaccinate their cats.
"Charles Krauthammer is to wisdom what monkeys are to quantum entanglement."
Would that be a "racist" statement if the "liar in chief" was the brunt of the comment?
I have lived outside of Memphis for almost 20-years now... moved to Atlanta. And I have to say that Kevin Kane is the single most useless C&VB chief I have ever seen. SO MUCH happens in Memphis and we never hear a peep about it outside the City. We hear about Charlotte, Birmingham. New Orleans... but NEVER Memphis. It's time for this hack to go.
You must be a bit confused about how this works.
First, the whole idea about MCS surrendering its charter was for Memphis to get out from under its MOE obligation. I wish you luck pursuading them they should turn around and support the formation of a new municipal system and start that MOE back again.
Every penny spent outside the city is spent on educating your fellow children who live in Shelby County. All the money comes out of the same pot.
I think you are going to find that the suburban schools will work with the Shelby County System to educate all the children. That is why our leaders have approached the Unified BOE and suggested talks to figure out how we can do it. I do notice it was us who had to make the approach. The common interest in education should override any local interest, but if you think you must close your borders, and you want to go it alone, we can't do much to stop you.
I am suprised that an educator would encourage the SCC to not fully fund the budget request by your own school system. Any particular reason you want your children to make do with less?
-----why are you making the decision to stay in this area, but pushing your kids to leave? If it's not good enough for your children, wouldn't it be safe to assume that it is not good enough for you as well? What keeps you here?
And you all laugh when we bring up the how it doesn't matter WHO is in the WhiteHouse, the same gang is running the show. Conspiracy Fact.
Kevin Kane is about as corrupt and conflict of interest entangled as it gets. What a great ambassador for Memphis.
Great comment- I agree on all your points. Doing the same with our little one. Hoping for Seattle or Boston.
Oh, darn. Guess since they know they *can* move to places like San Francisco, they also know where there will be a little friction. Like a white man entering a ghetto? Muahahaha. ;P
Yeah, what areas they chose to de-annex makes no difference to me, either.
Have at it, Memphis.
BTW, does appear that Germantown is wilting? I just got back from a drive around Arlington and Lakeland and can't see any wilting out here.
Those comparisons predate athiest progressives by quite a bit.
As does the use of the caduceus as a symbol of the Greek god Hermes. That's why it's called a caduceus. It's a Greek word, with a root that looks a lot like Zeus, but I might be wrong about that.
Why would Rafael go around holding a symbol of a Greek god, especially one that doesn't have a thing to do with healing and is instead the symbol of commercialism? Unless commercialism (free enterprise) is the god you truly worship. See Mammon.
Since the error of assigning the caduceus to medicine and healing is of somewhat recent origin, I suggest that the assigning of the caduceus to Rafael is probably of similar recent origin. But even if Rafael did hold a stick with snake, what are the chances that he would use the very same symbol that the earlier Greek god Asclepius used? But then again, we are talking about gods and demigods here. They have little respect for human trademark law.
But do go ahead and explain how the wrong symbol was applied to the apochryphal Judeo-pagan god of healing Rafael because Bronze Age goat-herders were divinely inspired to understand the double-helix structure of the DNA. And while you're at it, tell us how sheep's bladders may be employed to prevent earthquakes.
Like I said in a comment on another thread, it's damned hard to do decent satire around here.
Look, get the MSD's up and running for 2013-2014 academic year. Plan for the Shelby County School District or whatever the name will be to be about the same as the former MCS minus the ASD. Suburbs set your tax rates. Memphians, we need to impress upon the council to prepare to restart the MOE after the suburbs declare their intentions by electing school boards and structuring their central offices. At that point, reconstitute MCS, annex the areas around the Southwind High and Elementary schools and move on.
Memphis residents need to be aware that every penny spent outside of the city is a penny that goes from a Memphis student to a student who's family and community want nothing to do with us, and act in our best interest. County commission, I want the payment of MOE to stay where it is, and not a farthing more for anyone (well, adjustments for inflation). We all know where we stand so lets get on with it.
People should realize that this was NOT an isolated incident with the Vet...it's just the one reported. Advocates demonstrated once before because animals were being starved in the court case area. EVEN VOLUNTEERS at the shelter took their concerns to Janet Hooks & Lasonya Hall only to be dismissed. Dr. Coleman said the complaints were unfounded and the City agreed with her.
These accusations against Dr. Coleman by Memphis Animal Services (as described in records obtained through FOIA) are criminal & the District Attorney should investigate this further and charge her with animal cruelty! At the very least, she should be fired from MAS.
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