Guleff has made a serious mistake. Having Stephens focus only on forming a Metro government is a good thing. No, it's a great thing. That man is a force of nature.
So you would prefer things continue as they are, Mr. Branston? One government instead of two might not immediately eliminate the inequities you pointed out. But it's a sure thing two governments have no incentive to do so.
We're all one community and we need to start acting like it.
I would like to know The Flyer's basis for saying consolidation is a dead issue. Surely you're not judging by what a few folks said who could very possibly lose their positions once this new charter is approved. And I believe it will be approved. Otherwise I hate to think what the future will bring.
SSC needs to get some facts straight -- Rebuild Government can't provide concrete answers about savings and retirement benefits because there is no Charter in place yet. And there won't be anything solid to debate until August.
So SSC is basically against something that doesn't exist. Kind of dopey if you ask me.
Consolidation has the potential to lift this whole county up, improve our standard of living, attract better jobs, and provide a better future for our kids. That's what I'm praying for. But until August, none of us will know.
However, if SSC really thinks things are great the way they are now, you have to question their judgement.
Mosby's not alone in having problems attracting folks here. Both The City of Memphis and Shelby Country are having a really hard time attracting companies. Part of the problem is that this area has two CEOs: A C Wharton and (right now) John Ford. No matter how much you may or may not admire these men, that still means two egos and two somewhat different agendas. With one leader and one elected body of representatives instead of two, we can have a coherent plan for our future that encompasses every citizen.
I have watched in envy at the transformation that has taken place in Nashville/Davidson County since they consolidated. And it hurts my heart every time I see Memphis placed high on an undesirable list like Forbe's recent "Most Miserable Cities to Live In." Consolidation isn't a cure all but at least with consolidated leadership we'll all be pulling for the same side. And that's a difference this community sorely needs.
Want to know who has given financial support to Rebuild Government? Me, for one. Why? Because I want to save Shelby County. Confused? Don't be: The city of Memphis is the engine that drives the economy, safety, and future of all of Shelby County. If Memphis goes down, we all go down. Jobs go away. And stores. And our children -- because they will find no opportunities here. Yet, now, if you don't live within Memphis' boundaries, you have no vote and no say in its leadership or operations.
As a Germantown resident, I am on the outside, with all the worries and no ability to effect change. I want a say -- a vote. Consolidation would give me that. I hope and pray the Charter Commission comes up with a charter proposal that will not only give me that vote but also bring new energy and purpose to the community I love. Frankly, I'm a bit suspicious of anyone who doesn't feel that way.
By Toby Sells
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