I live in the Riveredge neighborhood of South Cordova. I'm somewhat disappointed in the actions of some of my fellow residents. Publicly, this is about two issues for them: 1) the provision of services by the city of Memphis since the annexation has allegedly been sporadic (I personally haven't seen this but others assure me it's true) and 2) lowering their taxes. They've seen an increase in their taxes by being annexed but not an increase in services offered, allegedly.
Privately, white flight might be part of it, I don't know, though my own neighborhood is fairly diverse racially (though not economically). I tend to discount this as a primary motivator.
All the same, the reason for my disappointment is that none of the residents of my area are in dire economic circumstances to my knowledge. We can all afford to pay the marginally higher property taxes that come with being part of Memphis. I don't begrudge anyone for looking out for their self-interest, but isn't part of living in a civilized society putting aside your own self interest at times for the good of others, particularly when the burden is relatively small? Do they not see the development in the city of Memphis and how our tax dollars go to help fund all the good things our city has been doing over the last few years? Do they not understand that being associated with Memphis means being associated with a city on the rise, as many national publications have called us? Personally, I want to be a part of that.
@TIRED That's an extremely easy thing to say and think if you are white male, but perhaps more difficult to come to grips with if a woman, minority, or immigrant. Not breaking news that a large number of our Grizzlies are one or two of those.
*said Pistons, meant Mavs. Whoops.
Good. I've read reactionary comments from obvious Trump fans on social media the last couple days claiming the Grizz, Pistons, and Bucks have angered "half" their fanbases by these actions.
Trump got only 1/3 of the vote in Shelby County and Dallas County, and a little bit less in Milwaukee. Perhaps folks need to realize cities, which last I checked are where NBA teams are located for the most part, don't actually care for Donald Trump very much.
Trump's campaign chair for Memphis, violent? You don't say... http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archiv…
"There are 300 million genies out of the bottle in America. Thanks to the NRA and their friends in our government, guns are everywhere and easy to get. No legislation can make a dent in that number in our lifetimes."
This is a discouraging point of view which is basically a summation of my own thoughts. However, the full picture is even more discouraging. "Thanks to the NRA and their friends in our government" doesn't even scratch the surface of the fundamental problem--the Second Amendment, our country's fundamental design flaw. The NRA and even gun culture as a whole are symptoms, not the disease. We can't even pass sensible legislation on firearms in the United States or make serious efforts to reduce or eliminate the number of firearms in circulation (which logistically would be an overwhelmingly difficult task) because of that damned Second Amendment. This is what we're stuck with in the absence of massive systemic change that no one is truly pushing seriously. So while I'll never actively discourage someone from taking steps to try to reduce gun violence, I believe the fight is ultimately hopeless. And I hate that it is.
Sabonis & Valentine are NBA talents. Of course that means they'll go at 15 and 16 and we'll end up taking Jordan Adams again.
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