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This really isn't that much of a shock. Memphis is a Democratic city, but look who those democrats are. Mostly, they are under-educated blacks who do not have intelectual goals. There is an intelectual democratic base that would appreciate Air America and the like in Memphis but it is just too small to support this type of programming. Its simply a numbers game. Most of the people who listen to talk-radio in Memphis want to here Rush Limbaugh and Mike Flemming.
What is ironic is your use of ironical, which by the way is not a word. At least at Rhodes and in gated communities, they still teach grammar and proper use of the English language.
I honestly don't know what Smegsy Tigby-Thacker is trying to say. All I can discern is that he/she really has absolutely no scientific background and really shouldn't be esposing any "cure" for Alzheimer's. First of all, does he/she understand what "chelation" is. Second a person cannot be chelated. Generally metal ions are chelated by polydentate ligands. I am curious to know this person's background. Perhaps they are a product of Memphis Public Schools.
This is a prime example of what happens when you vote for someone based on the colour of their skin rather than their qualifications, intelligence, character, integrity, or motives. I say that they constituents of her district get what they deserve.
Shelby County already has the reputation as a business unfriendly location. This does not help that perception at all. THe reason that there are so many minimum wage positions in Memphis is because that is all that the general populace is qualified to do. Shelby County as a whole, this includes Memphis, has one of the least educated, most unreliable workforces in the country. Instead of trying to provide a better workforce for business that could supply higher wage jobs, the commission will just pass a law raising the minimum wage on selected jobs. This is a microcosm of everything that is wrong with the elected leadership in Shelby County. If you are only qualified to pick up someone's trash you should have made better choices in life. Everyone is where they are because of the choices that they have made in the past.
No, its a bad thing. Along with having one of the least skilled workforces in the country, the message has been sent that business will need to pay them more. Why would a potential business locate itself in Shelby county when it can get a more skilled workforce at a lower labor rate somewhere else? The problem with living wage laws is not the wage itself but the fact that it does not address the root issue. That root issue is that Shelby county is having a difficult time attracting the types of jobs that pay more than minimum wage.
There is a reason why Shelby County is refered to as a "business unfriendly" environment, and this doesn't help attract new business.
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