“If Congressman Steve Cohen were to endorse a Democrat for Shelby County Mayor ..."
What kind of crazy question is this ????
Bruno is right. Hiring on an individual basis makes sense. Percentages do not. In fact, in many cases it isn't possible. There are insurance and licensing issues, certifications. Like that.
@dude with the masters degree, if you don't mind my prying:
In what area have you a masters degree?
This is a stupid idea. Kudos to Lee Harris for the previous ordinance requiring that the city not discriminate against people because of who they are. But there's nothing that could impel me, if I were a private contractor, to hire a percentage of convicted felons. I might consider hiring an individual who could convince me that he's reformed his life and deserves a chance. But hiring a PERCENTAGE? It would be better not to do business with the City of Memphis.
The government cannot ameliorate karma. People create for themselves hard situations when they choose to participate in criminal activities. That's as it should be, and that's a built-in disincentive to criminal activity.
This sounds to me like the City Council is attempting to mandate bad business practice.
God forgives...and its only fitting that we forgive ... I think for those who try....to put their past behind them...they should be given the opportunity to do so...no one person is perfect ...each and every individual alive has something that he or she has done that was not appropriate ...somethings known ..and somethings hidden where only God knows!!! We have to realize that it is NOT ...God's will that any remain in darkness or be lost...LET'S PRAY FOR MIRACULOUS CHANGE!!!
I kinda think this concept is overwrought, really. Want a 'small plates' AKA 'blue corn chips' restaurant, have one. But incorporating timed tiers of food trucks into the mix too ventures into novelty territory. You know what be great there if there's no nursery? A lanscaped lot with a few picnic tables where any couple/few food trucks can park & pay a fee to lease a space. But of course not; too cheap, too easy. Maybe someone should pipe up that Portland & NYC & other locales with edgy tastes use this model with great success? OK I just did...
So far we haven't gotten any.
However, I still remember a storm, several actually, years and years ago. Like 1994-6 time frame. I lived downtown. During one storm down town got absolute no accumulation. As I drove east on poplar, crossing a clean dry E.'parkway on a clean dry poplar, onto ice and snow on the east side of east parkway. Really weird. On another occasion I went 3 weeks w/o power, but I lived VERY VERY CLOSE to housing authority. That sucked.
I was convicted of a felony in 1994. I have no run-ins with the law before my conviction nor since. It had been 19 years is that long enough to be considered trustworthy? Not only that, since serving my sentence I have obtained a master's degree. Yet, I am still unable to find employment in Memphis.
We're excited for Memphians to be a part of this project. Thanks so much for sharing about it Bianca!
You should know, by now, I respect your opinion and thoughts. you have much to add to a conversation or to anyone's point of view. Still, an"f" in civics? Because I was correct?
I am reminded of a post I made earlier:
OTP: But, I had such good jibber-jabber.
TCM: Yes, and some of your jibber-jabber actually made valid points. It had nothing to do with the actual issues in discussion, but it was good jibber-jabber.
OTP: Don't I get points for that?
Take care in "cold rainstorm" 2013
All the whiners cost me a day of instruction. Sucks.
Love this project! Can't wait to see it in print.
You typed a lot but you really didn't say anything.
The Reagan tax cuts were a horrible mistake that he even realized. Regan re-raised taxes 17 times during tenure in the white house.
Fair pay can and should be enacted by congress. Remember the little thing in the constitution about the commerce clause. that explicitly gives the federal government the right to regulate interstate commerces, which, would include fair pay and under the promoting the general welfare also gives the congress to legislate wages.
Yes, food stamps increased under Obama, but, through no fault of the Obama administration. Foods stamps are tied to wages. When Obama was sworn, the U. S. was losing jobs at the rate of 750,000 per month, all caused by policies under the Bush administration. Just because the fruition of Bush's policies didn't fully finish itself until after Bush left office still does not mean they can be tied to his successor.
It is just like trying to blame the fire department for not extinguishing a fire that started previously and had been burning for quite a while. Had the fire not been started or a fast response taken, the fire would not have gotten out of hand in the first place.
Whenever jobs are lost, food stamp use increases and that is irrespective of who is the president. It is the cause for the job losses that are and can be tied to the Bush policies, so the jobs lost during this recession and the subsequent increase in food stamp demand belongs to Bush also.
The 1963 equal pay bill was and is not the same bill that the gop blocked in 2012. The bill that the gop blocked had more teeth in job classifications and enforcement.
Thecatesmeow, you would do fine in a debate in a conservative setting, but, you would surely lose if that debate took place in front of a neutral audience. Nice try!.
You get another F in civics. The reason why this is a democratic republic rather than just a democratic government is because, the republic part guarantees certain rights that one is born with and cannot be taken away. If it was just democratic, then the majority could overrule any right. In a democratic republic, the guaranteed rights of individuals are not subject to a vote. In Roe v Wade, the case was based on the rights of privacy, a right that is enshrined in the constitution. So, what the people thought at that time did not matter.
The electoral college was instituted because of the balance, weighted by population, had to be made in presidential elections. The states, especially southern states wanted the president to be elected by the number o states won. The north argued that why should a state like Ms have as much weight in choosing a president than NY. You see this government was not made by the states, but by the people. So, the people's votes should determine who is president rather than states.
The reason for a tricameral government was to get away from the monarchy that they fought against. They were concerned that two much power concentrated into one entity was wrong. They also wanted an entity to deal strictly with laws, but, keep the money separate. The other part of this was that, even though George Washington was the most popular man in the nation, they still did not trust giving him (his office) total power. If they did that, it was the same as having a king. This is why the powers of the presidency has been limited. This separation also assured the founding fathers that no one institution could go wrong, away from the peoples wishes, without being replaced, thus, the house of representitives was specifically set up to be the peoples house. They were given the power of the purse and only allowed to serve 2 years before being subject to re-election. This was purposely don
e, to put them closest to the people and to allow the people to not be screwed too long under bad, previously enacted laws.
So, again, thecatsmeow, you have failed miserably in an effort to make things the way you want them to be.
Do you like passing out misinformation? Another way of saying that you are lying and know it would be too harsh.
A study was done a couple of months ago and they figured that if thye fast food chains paid their workers 10.00 per hour, the price of q Big Mac would increase by about 23 cents. The price of a pizza would increase 11 cents.
Now, nightcrawler, please show us your study that says the the golden arches would go out of business.
I get tired of you gop, conservatives posting lies and misinformation on this forum. I just refuse to le them get away with it.
Nightcrawler, you posted the lie, now, put up or shut up!
Quote: “We’re standing up for higher pay, which will not just help fast-food workers but will help get Memphis’ economy moving again.”
Laughing and shaking my head at the naivete on parade.
Ms Cathey, when Happy Meals start costing twenty bucks a pop because of union-inspired minimum wage levels, it will be the day the golden arches start fading away along with your job.
Be careful what you wish for. Men far wiser than you guys put it in play.
We bemoan the high rate of recidivism within the criminal justice system yet we deny those who have served their time the ability to survive without again resorting to crime. This is a complex and difficult issue and I'm not sure that the mandated solution proposed by Harris is the answer, but at least he is brining the question to the table and to public discourse. That, in itself, is a great service.
As a former restaurant manager for over twenty years I fully support these workers to earn a living wage. I feel that any job that an employer feels is worth doing is worth paying a decent wage to do. If paying workers a decent wage puts you out of business then you don't deserve to be in business in the first place.
During my more than twenty years in the industry I saw firsthand the effects of denying my employees the benefit of decent wages and benefits. Although many of the restaurants I managed offered employees half-priced meals, many still couldn't afford to eat while at work and went hungry. One young single mother who worked for me could never afford to buy a half-price meal. She said she only ate once a day because she had two young children who needed to be fed. I used to give her a free meal and was thoroughly dismayed when she went to the back of the store and woofed down the meal in the span of a couple of minutes. That left a lasting impression on me. And while the impression of lowly paid restaurant workers is of uneducated minority, this young lady was white, as were many of my employees. Poverty and lack of opportunity cuts across all racial and gender lines.
Company practices such as denying employees full-time hours, fluctuating schedules, sending employees home before their shifts were up at the first slowing of business, making them work off the clock, not letting them clock in until business picked up, etc., are abhorrent and uncaring, in my opinion. I often butted heads with upper management because of my advocacy for my employees, and eventually this was the reason I left the business.
I always tried to give employees steady hours, raises when deserved them, and free meals, and I still maintained the profit margins upper management expected religiously. I constantly showed them that by treating low wage workers fairly, appreciating and rewarding hard work and loyalty, taking a real interest in their lives and aspirations, employees worked harder, were more productive, and stole and wasted less food and supplies. Too bad I was never able to establish this type of business model in an industry concerned only about profits, not people.
Just ran across this article. I loved this show, having grown up across the river in Arkansas. I named my first dog Ponce. Mr. Be pronounced it Pon'-cee.
- Dixon Chandler II (now in Florida) email@example.com
The problem with hiring people like DeAndre Brown is that they have already demonstrated that they can not be trusted. It's difficult for employers to overlook that. I'm not sure that forcing city contractors to set aside 10% of their funding to hire these people is the best way to fix the problem. If the city is going to force contractors to hire convicted felons, then the city should also reimburse these contractors for any losses and damages that occur if any of these convicted felons commit another crime that directly affects the business. Better yet, the city should (if they do not already) start hiring these people. Good luck to all. It is a complicated problem with no easy solution.
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