Are you critical of legacy SCS or MCS? Never mind. That's rhetorical. Neither was involved in Thursday's decision. And definitely not any member of the current SCS BOE. Hobon is currently under contract with the SCS BOE. A pretty rock solid contract. The decision about closing schools is actually in his job description. Imagine that.
This is judgement coming from someone who doesn't know the truth when it bites him in the ass.
I choose my job. I teach because I'm a mother first. A single mother. That is my priority. I teach because I'm good at it. And I do love it. I taught high school before I was 19. I taught in the military to every single rank you can imagine and some foreign ones you can't. I taught corporate from non-English housekeeping to CEOs. See I've got my major accomplishments already. I'm published. I traveled. I've had experiences that no other individual on this earth can compile. I have no regrets. And I have amazing experiences that only I can bring to a classroom. Giving up 6 figures was easy.
You will never know the satisfaction of watching a child blossom. You will never know the pride when you realize that you have inspired a child to future greatness. You will never know the explosion in your heart when you are in the thank you note of a student's major body of work.
You will never understand the humility when you are acknowledged for your service by a vote from the students you serve.
Your public judgement and assumption is nothing more than an additional validation of your constant envy and self-hatred.
This is when I truly pity you and your poor children. I can only imagine growing up in a home of such bitter regret and self loathing.
And on your constant belief that physicists can't get jobs: AIP just smashed your theory all to hell. 60% of physics BS degrees are going on to graduate study. 90% of those are going on to study for FREE with scholarships, grants, work-study and other funding. The 40% that go on to work, 32% go into engineering making an average of $60K. And 53% are working in the private sector. It's all posted in my classroom and I have every intention of encouraging more and more students to pursue their dreams in this area. I biggest and most important priority to is make sure they DO NOT turn out like you.
This is what I am talking about. The newspapers here, including the flyer isn't worth a damn. You make a blanket statement about crime and blacks because you are too ignorant and biased to check it out first.
Tennessee's crime rate has been spotlighted recently, but Memphis' crime rate as a city is down over 8 percent when compared to last year's stats. I has lowered more than 22 percent since 2006. Some of this attributes to social programs, police implementations, and a united effort.
Memphis Crime Rate Drops Despite State Ranking, October 13, 2013.
Now why hasn't the commercial Appeal and the Memphis Flyer made this information available to the public? If Jackson Baker is so good, it seems like he would have headlined this fact in the flyer.
You are hopeless. No wonder you can't get a job as a physicist with one of the major companies, space exploration, weapons guidance projects, etc.
Hopson is subject to the will of the BOE, the schools are subject to the will of the people when it comes to closings due to actual or impending weather.
Remember a few years ago? The schools did not close, but over 75% of the parents kept their children at home? There were no reprisals after this. Same with the school strikes in the past.
My first duty as a parent is to protect my children from harm, actual or perceived. I don't need Hopson or anyone else to tell me schools are closed because of inclement weather. The responsibility of mine to keep my children safe will not be given to a school, government or anyone else.
Homer, please don't give me this stuff that I like what I am doing. Nobody with a degree in physics, a masters and working toward a PHD can tell me that they would not rather be on a team that lands the first craft on Venus or helps perfect the perfect weapons guidance system or defense umbrella.
Hold on there Tennesseedrew. You done said something there. Does anyone remember Tennessee Waltz? Public officials committing felonies. This ordinance may not be the solve all but it is a start. It is not a coincidence that felony conviction disproportionately affect blacks, poor people, and Latinos in this city and in this country for that matter. The well to do committ crimes that far greater than most of the low level crimes being committed in our poorest neighborhoods yet the well to do follow the 11th commandment, "thou shalt not get caught". We treat convicted felons worst than immigrants that come here on visa just to obtain an education and return to their countries. Remember, the war on drugs targeted blacks in our poorest neighborhoods. This fake war put a lot of felonies on people for non-violent crimes which in turn filtered people into the prison industrial complex which in turn continues to destroy our communities. We have to put people to work in order to build this city back up. If people cannot make a wage that allows them to take care of their families, then crime will continue to be an option. Those contractors that come to our city, rub elbows with the city elites to soak up profits and leave have to be forced to give back. After all, they depend on felons to support these projects. I have seen plenty of felons attending Grizzly Games and eating in restaurants that will not hire felons. They can patron the business but can not work for them. Suppose we start a grassroots movement campaigning not to patron businesses that don't hire felons. If you are a felon or are a family member of a felon, do not support businesses that don't hire felons. Now that's an idea.
It depends on the hat you put with it. Fedora? I love a man in a fedora!
Show me one, just one, set of minutes where the BOE made the decision to close the schools due to inclement weather! Nice try. But even last year, before the merger, there were separate decisions. This year, it's all one Hobson, and being a lawyer, he is a little conservative when it comes to liability. Closing schools due to weather is ALL about liability. You have NO idea what you are rambling about again.
I agree with Time Up...Cohen has fooled the voters too long. It is time for Cohen to go!
Running the senate is nothing like running a business. Being chosen to be the head general of an Army, after being picked by the president, is not the same as successfully running a business. As for wartime Generals, Ike was very weak. His only strength was political. The other actual wartime generals didn't think too much of his military prowess. The only reason they had to bow to him was because they needed the American manpower, arms and weapons, technology and production. Without the U. S. in the war, they could not have defeated Hitler and the Germans.
There is no comparable job in the private or public sector that actually qualifies, by experience, to be president of the U. S.
Comparing the way previous white presidents were treated and the way Obama is treated is valid. Now, I wonder what will happen when Jose becomes president?
CLMullins, stick to your puns and cutting posts, for when you attempt to post something serious, you fail miserably.
Well, I will add my two cents to this conservation.
An old man told me long time ago, manager of a convenience store chain, that his bosses wouldn't let him hire anyone who had a criminal record. I said that it was probably because they can't be trusted. He shocked me with his reply. He said, well, all I know is that all of the people that stole from me and other companies were people who didn't have criminal record.
I couldn't respond then and still can't think of an appropriate response now.
I also asked prison officials why all of the trustee's were convicted murderers, even the ones that worked for the governor. He replied that a murderer is not necessarily a criminal. He explained that most killings are a crime of passion or the result of a prior feud or technically were self defense and they are very unlikely to commit those crimes again.
Me, I say hire them!
The Memphis Flyer is a good newspaper for what it is. It is no comparison to the CA and cannot compete with the CA when and if the CA really wants to investigate something.
The problem with the CA is that it's reporting is too one sided. It does not cater to the majority of the citizens in it's area. There is very little positive news from the majority black community, hell, they can't even get the neighborhoods where news occur right. In that respect, it is no different from the Flyer or the Memphis Daily News. If you would look at any of these papers, you would think that the only things happening in the black communities is crime. Hell, we don't dine out, go to nightclubs, plays, etc. Actually, the way these papers report, and that includes the Flyer, African American positive news is a non event.
Jackson Baker is a fine reporter, however, he just does not give any weight to the majority populations thoughts when it comes to political reporting. What he thinks is the consensus leaves out the thoughts and wishes of the majority of the population.
The BOE can order the school supt to close schools.
Opening and closing of schools is only a state matter when a school district fail to maintain the minimum number of school days mandated by state law. How they configure it is left up to the LEA.
The school supt works for the BOE, if they tell him to close the schools for a day or whatever, they can.
Stupid, yes, I guess you are!
The Commercial Appeal should have canned Wendi Thomas and promoted the unfortunate laid off forklift driver to "Columnist".
I like the CA...but only in my charcoal starter chimney.
No one seems to understand basic economics in this city. Certainly not this councilman. Has it occurred to anyone that labor costs are frequently only a portion of the total cost a contractor incurs to provide the city a said good or service. If I get a 1000 dollar contract from the city my payroll for that contract might only be 200 dollars. I also have cost other costs Yet what is reported above says that 100 dollars of my 1000 contract must go to hiring these special people. So that is potentially HALF of my workforce on this contract that has to be hired special. Not ten percent. And what about the hardworking current employees I must FIRE to make room for the new workers??? Any of you fools think of that???
Thanks, Jackson. They and some other outlets have some good reporters who can do some investivative and other things well but they don't have the knowledge and contacts overall to do a high level job of reporting on many of the important political and governmental issues that are affecting the community. And, it is not just reporters. I think a lot of it comes down to the leadership of the publication or the lack thereof.
The best part is that I get to wear my big leather coat without hearing recitations of the "Theme From Shaft"
Or is it "Superfly"?
Coming from a former CA reporter who was state-of-the-art in covering politics and government (and was an authority on such matters for the people he covered!), this is a truly unexpected and humbling compliment. Thanks, Jimmie, though, honestly, there are several good reporters out there, at the CA and elsewhere.
The Commercial Appeal's decline has left the Flyer's Jackson Baker as the city's top reporter with significant knowledge about local government and politics. The daily newspaper is now so far behind one wonders if it could ever catch up in local news coverage.
As much as I like The Flyer, I don't understand the comparisons to The CA. Apples and oranges.
I'm a happy old white woman who long ago quit subscribing to the CA because it was sold out to its big ad dollars and would not allow its investigative reporters free rein. It no longer told the truth, or conveniently omitted it. The best reporters left with the old Press Scimitar.
The Flyer has better investigative reporters and more interesting local content than the CA can even dream of. The CA ~ mismanaged, too much purchased news, in a death spiral, at odds with its own reporters for years. Charging for their online pablum is counterproductive.
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