For several years now, it has seemed to me that those who have the most stable and secure jobs in Shelby County are those who are teachers, fire fighters, police,government workers and Fed Ex employeese. The Fed Ex layoffs were a reality check, and showed just how fragile the Memphis economy has become. I am so grateful to Fred Smith for speaking out and saying what I have long thought: that until Memphis offers safety and security, NOTHING else matters. He is a true leader. Will Memphis bust without ever booming? From the way things are going, down, it appears so, unless true leaders step up and take the reins of leading this tired horse of a city.
Neat. I know from experience how rewarding it is to plant something and watch it grow. Thanks for letting the public know that the prison system is doing something good. I do worry about inmates being allowed out in public though, which is what the accompanying photograph notes. The article says they are growing things inside the penal farm, but the photo says otherwise.
The author of the book has a problem with maple syrup because of a "gash" in the tree to get the syrup? ROTFLMAO. What about the horrible lives of vegetables? There's the plucking, the tugging, the cutting, the ripping, the tossing, and the picking just to get them out of the ground or off a tree? Then there's the rough and bumpy journey of being transported from farm to wherever and then the store? What about how the veggies are handled, sniffed, squeezed and then put back on the produce stand for not being good enough until they rot away and are thrown out? If they do get selected, they are then taken to be chopped, diced, sliced and then broiled, baked, boiled, toasted, grilled, roasted or maybe even eaten raw. Oh, the life of a vegetable is so wrong! Eat nothing and die! Every life form is more important than a human life! I rarely eat meat, but give me a break. Books like this make vegetarians look bad.
Chris, thanks for the article.
Recently I drove from St. Louis to Memphis and in trying to find NPR stations or at least noncommercial radio, I was bombarded by stations that may have been part of this network you write about. It was strangely addictive to hear people talking about how American history that's being taught in public schools is incorrect and so much more. I had no idea that Phyllis Schafly, a forgotten name, was still alive and active. I can't remember all that I heard, but it was as if I had stepped into another country. Everything I was hearing made me feel like Memphis was a wonderfully open minded place compared to what I was hearing. It gave me a new appreciation for Memphis, a city that I disparage on an almost daily basis because of its crime, corruptness and refusal to help those who can't help themselves.
In 1987, I interviewed Donald Wildmon for a news story. As a young person, I was aghast at what I heard coming out of his mouth. As a full-fledged adult, I can't believe that he's still out there, spewing his bile and that people are swallowing it.
Thanks for the article. It's good that you've riled up some readers. Perhaps your article is causing people to think, which is a good thing. It concerns me greatly that so many people in this buckle of a belt believe that critical thinking is a bad thing.
Thanks for the enlightening article. When the news first broke, my immediate thought was "Schlenker." I am always astounded by how the Memphis power brokers alwasy fall for slick talkers.
I had bad neighbors move in and when I tried to talk to them they told my apartment manager told me that I was harassing them! If you knew me, you'd know that I'm not a harasser. So I addressed my concerns to the manager who did nothing. When I called the police, multiple times, the police said that the complex manager was not doing her job. The manager kept asking me if I could get her a police report. It was crazy. I'm 99% certain my bad neighbors were doing illegal things and I turned them in to higher legal authorities than the MPD. I will never rent from Fogelman Properties again.
Why do we need print? Not everyone has access to digital news. With digital, I can't skim as quickly or as efficiently as I can the print edition. Also, print news serves as a record of history. Plus, there is pleasure to opening a newspaper and reading it in print, clipping something and keeping it, posting it or sharing it. Print allows room for pictures that are not always available on the web and "a picture does tell a thousand words." I read the NYTimes online and sometimes I print a story that goes on for 14 printed pages. I get the CA delivered daily but not for the news since investigative journalism is not their strength. No, they are too afraid of writing the truth. Right now, it's almost as cheap to get home delivery as it is to buy just the Sunday paper, so for now, I'll pay for the convenience. However, if they keep raising their prices, I'll probably stop. Yes, the CA has its problems, but there are benefits to getting it. They do need to assess how they run a newspaper though. There are things they could do to create a quality, print newspaper that serves a community and still makes money. However, I wish they'd drop those stupid
"mommies in the spotlight" pieces and those abysmal mommy and daddy columns. Do people really buy the newspaper for those idiotic things? Those things alone are almost enough to make me stop my subscription.
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