I applaud The Flyer and Mr. Baker for consistently offering readers an objective examination of a complex issue. This approach is in sharp contrast to the slanted "coverage" provided by the daily newspaper.
The average Memphian is a ridiculously bad tipper. Many simply don't tip at all. And they wonder why the waitress making $2.13 an hr. isn't cheerful and attentive. It was my experience that the most demanding customers are frequently the worst tipper. People who do tip generously are remembered and always receive the best service.
It's true that people who depend on tips or worked for tips in the past usually treat servers best. They remember what it was like when they were in the waiter's shoes.
It's incredible to me that Roy Herron doesn't challenge Fincher on his lack of any formal education beyond Crockett County High. There are millions of jobs that require a college education and Congressman should be one of them.
I realize that such a strategy runs the risk of alienating voters that did not attend college or finish high school, but I think that most folks realize that the job of passing legislation requires more than a high school diploma.
Just what does this article have to do with Carol Chumney and Memphis politics??? Was it meant to suggest that the female candidates in the mayoral race received less coverage than the males? If so, it didn't make the connection at all. Miss Chumney's political failures can be attributed more to her personality than media bias.
Deidre Malone will make a great county mayor if she'd only forget about consolidation. By pushing for consolidation, she's opening the door for Republicans to retake the mayor's office by feeding on suburban resentment and fear. Remember "Diamond Jim" Rout and his junkets? Tom Jones and his record collection?
I'm opposed to consolidation, but I have to give her credit. Not many politicians would support a plan that would eliminate their own job.
A post-racial election? In Memphis, Tennessee? Yeah, right.
That AC is a real stand-up guy.
I too wish to apologize to all former slaves. I would urge the US govt. to provide all victims of slavery with free health care, an annual six-figure pension, a Cadillac and a four-week vacation in Hawaii. Of course, this offer only applies to African-Americans who can document their enslavement. Offer is not transferable to the descendants of former slaves. Like the millions of other sons of immigrants, they'll just have to make their own way in America.
Resolutions such as the one sponsored by Cohen only give false hope to African-American descendants of slaves who are looking for a handout or someone to blame for their problems.
By Jackson Baker
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