People interested in truly serving well in these capacities do so without regard to pay. Paying their reasonable expenses is just and appropriate. To offer pay beyond that is to actually invite the opposite of what one would want: unsuccessful, unaccomplished people looking for a government check to show up. Mike Ritz is delusional.
Went Saturday and picked up a growler full of High Cotton's Belgian IPA. It was a perfect birthday present for a friend, and I spent less than $15.
Check out The Salvaton Army's stand on their natonal website at:
There is a lot of helpful information here.
AutoZone Park is part of what makes downtown Memphis...downtown Memphis. In my opinion, it is as much a part of the city as the hotel across the street from it and the bridge connecting its home to Arkansas. Was it an overbuild by the Redbirds at its inception - yes. The park could have been just as much of a success at 2/3 the cost, but ask yourself how nice it has been to see something in Memphis done RIGHT, not just done. Could the Forum have been built for less? Sure. Is it an amazing arena befitting a basketball town? Of course! Cities and a large amount of their residents identify with their sports teams and the venues where they play - it's just a fact. Let the Redbirds and AutoZone Park slip away because you don't think the city should be in the business of owning sports parks, and not only are you naive to the way sports venues operate, but you VASTLY underestimate the positive impacts they have on the communities in which they sit.
TO the OTP , majority of those projects were voted on by black elected officials and some of these projects came under a black mayor and a black director who holds three positions ?, this what you get greedy leaders in this city black or white a rip off ,Not one white mayor let someone have three postions and im far from a bigot my freind stop turning things into black and white thats a cop out, Memphis need new leadership instead of the hand pick we got right now , give younger politicans a chance black or white Wharton is a lawyer and never made a good mayor for the county or city , Herenton was ok he did some goood things but fail in job creation ,Ive been in city along time and school system has failed us point blank find ways to educate those who are struggling dont give up and tell us to look at NEw York OTP im in Memphis Tn
Your username is "Wake up Grizz ownership"? Ask Kyrie Irving how rehiring Mike Brown has worked out in Cleveland. Regardless whether you're right (and I think you're only believing the facts you want to believe here), Hollins isn't coming back. That ship has sailed.
This project was doomed from the very start, would it have been smart to make im provements to the old Chick ball park ? it was paid for . Memphis need progressive thinkers when it comes to such large projects , Best move would be like the article said would be to tear it down it will never make millons, i see a nice hotel in that location
In practice, your rights are what the cop in front of you says they are. This is because the police are never disciplined for violating your rights. If you are arrested and later released with no charges filed, or the charges are later dropped, the cop who arrested you is not punished for his or her "error."
This is a noble effort, but I'm pretty sure those sternly worded letters will be placed in the round file as soon as the representatives leave the room.
Worst move ever letting Coach Hollins go for what, this man has a championship ring a hall of famer and hes a proven winner as a player ,coach and he love this city what more can you ask for , The current coach was not ready to take over what more proof do you need than 9 lost games at home getting beat by sorry teams is a embarrassment at home , The owner of this team need to stop being cheap and rehire COACH HOLLINS ! Cleveland did it . Hollins lost Rudy Gay and got nothing in return and won 56 games thats a real coach who can take average plyers in the Western div and go deep in play offs. This year will be a bust with a rookie D league coach who is learning on the job and cheap ownership of the Grizzlies !
@ James Paterson
From your own cited site:
On its webpage, the group claims that "the services of The Salvation Army are available to all who qualify, without regard to sexual orientation."
Apparently, their compassion for those in need does mean more to them than "perfection." Your's apparently does not.
I can see that you want things both ways (as usual). Either the board is responsible and should be paid more. After all, they are tasked with overseeing a billion dollar program. Or, they are not responsible and should not be paid more. After all, they do not teach in the schools and the ultimate responsibility for student scores is with the students and parents.
It can't be both. You've said so yourself.
Also, the munis are not responsible for anything to do with the school system. Memphising is in charge. They got this. You've said so yourself.
I'm OK with hiring highly qualified board members. The state defines highly qualified in very specific terms. I think that only two members of the current board meet that definition to be highly qualified.
For myself - I'm highly qualified in several areas.
But its ok to hold me and 60% of the teachers who do not have tests responsible for the outcomes of children that never step foot in our classrooms.
They are at the top. They too should be held responsible. They set policy. Not me. They determine funding. Not me. They make the critical decision that determine how my job is performed. They should be just as responsible as I am.
Btw, look no further than the disparity in the scores of the students bussed into the muni's from the unincorporated areas of the county. If the BOE is supposed to operate on merit, why were those board members retained when the gap between these two sets of kids attending the same schools, same classes, same teachers are so far apart?
I rest my case.
It is funny, but, I can go into different neighborhoods in Memphis or in any large city and I can tell where the best schools, well, the higher performing schools are. It is easy to figure out why. It is the socio-economic status of each neighborhood. In upper income neighborhoods with parents that are high achievers and highly educated, you will have high scores. As you go down to less highly educated , economically deprived communities, the scores are lower. Even if you take the lower socio economically deprived students and put them in the other schools, their scores are still low nd remain so, compared to the higher socio economically high achievers.
Up to this point in time, there is nothing a BOE can do about that.
We pay commissioners a certain amount, but, that has nothing to do with the individual or their accomplishments, for the pay is set before they are even elected. It is the position that commands the pay, not the individual.
So, stop being petty; you and I both know that 4,200 dollars per year salary is not enough for board members over-seeing such a large and important entity as a large urban school district.
I tend to agree with you regarding Salvation Army. Their beliefs are their beliefs. But I understand they clothe and feed everybody regardless sexuality or religion and whatnot. If they do refuse food and shelter to LGBT I'd like to hear of the specific incidences.
Don't allow the gay rights establishment to do your thinking for you. Just because some activists think people should be hungry and insufficiently clothed because a Christian charity doesn't recognize gay rights, that doesn't mean you are obliged to comply with a boycott at the risk of losing your gay identity.
Think "Chick-Fil-A" and ask yourself whether stirring the pot is really serving the purpose of gay rights.
The BOE is elected to oversee the operations of the schools. They do not teach in the schools, however, they do have the ultimate responsibility to do whatever it takes for the schools to be a success.
When talking about the scores of a school district, one just cannot say that it is the boards fault if the district, overall, has low scores. I don't care how well equipped and staffed school district are, the ultimate responsibility for student scores are the students and the parents themselves. The level of the instruction and the qualifications of the teachers can be the best available, but, that does not guarantee that students will avail themselves of it and have high scores. The board, any board can only do so much. They can put the right facilities, the right, qualified staff, but, they can't make the students learn. I would think that anyone in education would know this.
In order to get highly qualified, motivated people on the board, the pay has to be right. Since these are elected positions, the qualifications, other than the minimum set by the state, it is up to the voters to decide whom they wish to represent them. I am not talking about individuals, but the position itself. The position deserves to be adequately compensated.
"As the holidays approach, the Salvation Army bell ringers are out in front of stores dunning shoppers for donations. If you care about gay rights, you'll skip their bucket in favor of a charity that doesn't actively discriminate against the LGBT community."
Read more at http://www.bilerico.com/2011/11/why_you_shouldnt_donate_to_the_salvation_army_bell.php#0JkduI6dPbIWi2c2.99
Police review commission, really? It is a good idea only if it has power. A commission without power is just a sham.
Remember, first of all, this is your police force. It is not some separate entity removed from the control of the citizens it serves. They would like for you to think differently, but, really, you have the power to shape the police force the way you want them to be. You do it at the ballot box. You elect the Mayor, councilmen; the Mayor appoints the police director. Tell the Mayor and councilmen what you want and if you don't get it, you simply withhold your vote. If this is made clear, you will get action.
We need a good police force. That is without question, however, the police serve the citizens and the citizens need to be treated with courtesy and respect, all of the citizens, regardless of zip code.
There is no law against a citizen videoing police activity, from a respectful distance so as to not interfere with their actions. Any policeman that arrests a citizen for exercising this right should be immediately dismissed.
We want the criminals arrested, the quicker, the better, however, we don't want a police force to automatically assume, because of race, sip code, to treat people differently. Any person within the city of Memphis is first a citizen and unless there is justified suspicion or evidence of a crime, they should be treated like innocent citizens.
There should also be a revision of the training manual so as not to get officers injured and/or killed by putting them at a disadvantage when serving warrants, stopping vehicles and, most of all going into houses, etc to serve search warrants. We want our officers to be as safe as the job allows.
Crimes can be solved without the use of brutality or the subjugation of citizens rights. A good example was the 30 drug indictments and arrests. No one civil rights were violated, none were brutalized. This is the way a well trained, civic minded police force should operate. The police don't need to make up stuff to pull a car over, in Memphis, millions can be made by stooping vehicles that are actually breaking the law. Memphis has more bad and speeding drivers than anywhere I have ever been.
I support the police, I just want to be proud of this police force!
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