Branston misses the mark when he views this as a solution in search of a problem.
A few years back, we managed to attract a talented, highly educated guy to my (non-government) workplace. He moved here, bought a house, and appeared to be in it for the long haul.
This guy is exactly the type of person we need to attract to Memphis if we want economic and educational progress in this town. He is also gay.
He recently left Memphis for a job in a bigger, more progressive city. Part of the reason he was willing to seek greener pastures had to do with local attitudes towards gays and the fact that Memphis is behind other cities when it comes to things like like the NDO.
Most cities the size of Memphis have comparable legislation to what is proposed. Most Fortune 500 companies do, too. There's a reason: it's good business.
The NDO isn't just about protecting government workers. It's about the signals we send to people who are thinking about moving here. Passing the NDO will help the rest of the country to stop thinking of Memphis as a small-minded backwater and start thinking of it as a nice place to live.
The flyer totally needs to pick up his column. What do you say, editors?
It didn't read as irony to me, but if you were being ironic, then I love you again. Thanks for covering this important story.
This is an overly charitable assessment of Norris and other anti-democratic forces at work here. The "legitimately aggrieved" establishment's letter phrased "neatly and sweetly," even as it meddles from a distance and threatens state funding for schools? Norris "sweetly natured," "gracious," and "courteous," even as he tries to change the rules midway through the process? "Game could well be over for pro-merger forces?" Norris possessed of "genius or chutzpah?" Sheesh, why don't you just shine the guy's shoes while you're at it.
I doubt Kelsey's proposed law would withstand judicial scrutiny. It seems designed specifically to affect this situation; normally, laws cannot do that, they have to apply more uniformly. At least, that is this non-lawyer's understanding. Any attorneys out there care to provide a more informed opinion?
BSW loves the idea of I-40 running through overton park. I actually heard her say as much in a recent city council meeting. Sheesh, talk about a leader lacking vision.
I like the BBQ shop's owner. Their food is good, but not the best I've had in Memphis. However, the service is spotty. I have often had the experience of ordering takeout to be ready at a specific time (6:45, say, for company arriving at 7) only to have them put the order in when I show up to collect it.
Another example: the last time I was in, there was a server at the greeter's podium with her back to the front door. When we came in, she continued reading her magazine and didn't even acknowledge us.
Much as I hate to say it, since I am fond of the owner Eric, the BBQ shop needs to pay some attention to their service.
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