OtherArea: Downtown Memphis
This is long overdue. During the 27 years I've lived Downtown on the mall, I have been irritated at how the police use the mall as their personal freeway. They park on it to go to the credit union in the basement of The Claridge House, to Easy Way, to Walgreen's, and to cut their driving time. It's about time the "Vehicles Prohibited On Mall" signs were followed. Too many government vehicles use the mall for their convenience. I like having a pedestrian mall. Cars can park on either end of a city block with their flashers on to take care of business. There should be no reason for government vehicles to constantly be driving on the mall. That goes for tourists, too. I have been saying for more than 15 years that the mall is being torn up. This is the second mall, BTW. The taxpayers will have to pay for another one eventually. And the City Center Commission needs to stop giving permits for people to park on the mall. That is unnecessary as well.
Miss Cordelia's makes good pimento cheese.
This community is very fortunate that Heidi Shafer is willing to run for the county commission. She is honest, decent, and caring about the community. I was there with her during the fight over how the NBA arena was going to be funded. What Willie did was prevent a referendum from being held because all the "powers that be" knew that the public was opposed. We had the signatures on those petitions. I have never seen anything like what happened. The far right and far left were united in our opposition to corporate welfare. Elected officials dismissed our efforts. The groundswell of support was overlooked by the usual political reporters. Remember, this was before bloggers. Her efforts helped protect taxpayers. I still think the arena was unnecessary and that The Pyramid should have been retrofitted. I got sick and tired of hearing about how "this will put Memphis on the map" which was a bunch of crap. I will be working hard to get her elected because she is a voice of sanity and reason.
Bill Boyd will be the institutional memory for the incoming Council. He is a wonderful man who has been a dedicated public servant. He's honest, thoughtful, and will be a calming influence. He will get along well with everyone. He doesn't hold grudges and conducts himself with great integrity. We have some outstanding new people coming onto the Council and I have no doubt they will be glad to have Bill Boyd as their colleague. I also have to say how thrilled I am with Bill Morrison's victory. What a class act!! Jim Strickland, Shea Flinn, and Harold Collins are also class acts. We have terrific new people on the Council, as well as the outstanding "elder statesmen" in Scott McCormick and Myron Lowery.
Wonder if ole Bob has offered his congratulations to Jim Strickland as any person with some class would do......
I cannot let the comment by billinpa go unchallenged. Even though I have agreed with his previous comments, he is absolutely incorrect on this one. Judge Curtis Person has done an outstanding job in his selection of Christine Stephens as the guardian ad litem and Dr. Catherine Collins as the psychologist. They are committed to following the Tennessee Supreme Court's order to reunite Anna Mae He with her biological family. It is going to happen despite the despicable behavior of Larry Parrish and the Bakers. It bears repeating that if the Bakers had returned the child when the Hes first asked to have her back, none of this tragedy would have happened. I have no doubt the Bakers love the little girl, but she is NOT THEIR CHILD. They were foster parents only, a concept they refuse to accept.
By Leonard Gill
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