what boggles my mind is that - after a nearly two decades dynastic mayoral reign - ANYONE would feign surprise that legititmate candidates (read citizens of voting age who live in Memphis) have the audacity to challenge the county mayor's claim to succession.
DR. KENNETH T. WHALUM, JR.
i had to double check the definition of "dunderhead". here's what i found:
dunce: a stupid person; these words are used to express a low opinion of someone's intelligence.
well, tom, i guess i can't count on YOUR vote, huh?
83,000 voters can be pretty gullible i guess.
did i "sneak in" then too?
KENNETH TWIGG WHALUM, JR.
Consolidation SHOULD not and WILL not happen in the foreseeable future.
As I have said many times, a merging of functions could happen YESTERDAY if the city and county mayors WANTED it to. When I was a manager for the late Shelby County Trustee, Bob Patterson, we designed an plan to merge tax collection functions with the city, but it never got off the ground because the city treasurer at the time didn't want to lose any "power".
If the issue is efficiency of operations, wouldn't it make more sense for the separate entities (city and county) to maximize operations as separate entities FIRST? Isn't that like two dysfunctional people getting married and thinking that they'll have a FUNCTIONAL marriage? or two failing businesses merging and thinking they'll have a successful merger? When are we going to hold our chief executives accountable?
And why on earth would anyone in the county school system want to merge with city schools? When are we going to hold the MEMPHIS CITY SCHOOLS BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS accountable for the performance of MEMPHIS CITY SCHOOLS?
I urge the voters of Memphis AND Shelby County to avoid this red herring called consolidation. Our significant problems (crime, education, healthcare, poverty) WILL NOT be resolved until the citizens roll up our sleeves and DEMAND excellence from our elected officials. And I say that as an elected official!
please forgive that grammatical error!
it should be, "my belieF" :-)
from KENNETH T. WHALUM, JR.
Perhaps it is you who is trying to do a little history revision :-)
Let me make a few observations (and only because you "called my name" in your piece):
1. The last time I checked, a letter of "intent" to resign is just that. It would take an extremely anxious person to jump to another conclusion. I think hizzoner did a great job of "shaking the trees", if you will (as you and I have discussed).
2. If you check your notes of your interview with me, or any of various newspaper/televisions reports of my position on Herenton's possible return to the superintendency you will find that my believe was ALWAYS that we sit down and listen to what the Mayor had to say. You will not find that I "endorsed" the Mayor as Superintendent.
3. With that said, I am very happy that my "personal preference" for the position of Superintendent was satisfied.
Very well said.
The media can change, and I believe they will when they catch up to Post 9/11 reality in our world. That was the day the "if it bleeds it leads" concept was forever corrupted by truth.
Yes, the media can change. I think, though, that the only way to guarantee that change is for the every-day citizen, the common man/woman, the righteously indignant, and the innumerable poor people in our communties to DEMAND it.
I am doubtful that will happen without effective leadership among the not-so-poor. Which leads to another question: Whatever happened to effective representation by elected officials?
I really believe local media (no matter the city) can and should be more proactive in shaping a city's character.
Most media types will tell you that their job is simply to report the "news", and that they approach their jobs objectively. Riiiiiiggghht!
Memphis and Birmingham in particular owe their modern existence to the civil rights movement. Were it not for the sacrifices of Dr. King and others of all races and genders, both cities would have gone up in smoke, literally.
Please join me in demanding that local media become GOOD CORPORATE CITIZENS. The truth is that media people (like most of us) are lazy by nature. We're only creative and courageous when our lives (or livelihoods) depend on it :-)
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