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Thank you for your leadership on this most important issue to Memphis, Rep. Cohen! I am shocked that our mayor, who campaigned on being brilliant at the basics, has his head in the sand on this issue. This issue is the most basic issue for all Memphians, and our mayor is nowhere to be found on preserving Memphis' #1 commodity. Shameful lack of leadership on the mayor's part. Wake up, Strickland.
Here's why people might be a tad upset at the media: There were approx. 200-250 people at the rally on an otherwise normally apathetic political campus. Most of the people at the rally were in support of the protest. Most of the signs were in the vein of the protest. Yet, 2 yahoos supporting the white nationalist Trump party are 2 of the 4 pictures you run. Not fair nor balanced.
Great idea. Call it King's Way.
I really hope the Music Commission gets funded--if only for selfish reasons. I made a presentation to the full Music Commission Board in May, 2009 for a grant for a fall, 2009 music festival. I was told I would be given an answer within 2 weeks. If the Commission does not receive its funding, I am afraid I may never receive my answer about the grant proposal.
"We made these prudent financial changes while:
• maintaining service levels"
Sir, with all due respect, you have cut back the hours of the crown jewel of Memphis' library system--the Main Library. One of the elevators has been "out of order" for almost 3 months. One of the escalators is usually out of service. The magazines have been cut way back and are woefully out of date in many cases. You have definitely not "maintained service levels."
Yet, somehow, while cutting back the library budget and service levels, you have managed to "creatively finance" a free $75 million hotel for Graceland at taxpayers' expense. Now, you propose a $300 million boondoggle project at the Fairgrounds that seems to have no current market demands--other than fulfilling Robert Lipscomb's developer fantasy, adding more hotel tax streams for Kevin Kane and crew, and the usual suspect developers who will gladly take your bond revenues to build this...whatever it is project. As one citizen pointed out last night, why don't you spruce up the sports offerings at Tobey Park across the street--let's say at $500,000-$1,000,000 instead and save us 30 years of $300 million debt? That's where the real demand is. It's what Memphians want--better care and service of the few amenities we have. With the Graceland giveaway and the Fairgrounds debacle, you seem to have forgotten who elected you--Memphis taxpayers.
I do wish you well, but your recent decisions show me that you are "Out of Order."
1 Joe Brown down...1 2 go, go, go!
Regardless of Mr. Wilkins' credentials, I look at his list of supporters here, and I close my eyes and imagine a Memphis that had not been blessed with this group of "leaders." This city would would be in far better shape had the majority of them never been in any position of power.
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