Sbanburry-I'll play. Since Memphis "owns" MLGW, then fine, take it over and the rest of the county will find another utility company to provide the service. In the process, give every non-Memphis SC resident a refund for providing the upkeep of MLGW and lets use that refund to bring in another utility company to provide the service.
Back on topic: One solution against the hostile takeover of SCS by MCS is to break MCS down into 4 smaller districts under the leadership of a business manager who in conjuction with the prinicipals of the schools in the district would manage them. This manager would report directly to a member of the MCS schoolboard member of that district and the schoolboard member would report to the Memphis City Council when it came time for funding. The one issue to resolve is whether there would be a need for a school superintendent (sp?), and my therory is no. If one is needed, then the position could be an electable one, subject to the will of the voters and not an appointment by the Mayor.
The possible advantages are Memphians would be in control of how they want to educate their children, the student populations would be approximately equal with that of the SCS and there would be no loss of funding.
Memphis created this mess, its time for them to "man-up" by taking responsiibilty, take a proactive approach to educating your children and instill a positive love of learning in the minority culture where education is viewed as something valuable in getting out of poverty.
The five members of the Memphis School Board should resign immediately and its because of their gross neglicigence that had caused this mess. And people in Memphis wonder why the rest of SC doesn't want merge anything with Memphis because of the voters electing this imcompetence.
No amount of lip stick put on this pig would have made consolidation anymore palatable. One man-One vote, and the people spoke up very loud and very clearly.
No Consolidation-No way-No How. BTW, I attended several of the charter commission meetings and no amount of statistical evidence was going to convince the charter commission to find another route. Personally, I relied on sociological surveys from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee before I made up my mind when Milwaukee was considering consolidation.
The residents of SC have voted against this three times and now its time to let it go. Its people like Mulroy, Fullilove, Herenton, Criner Cash and etc are the reasons why alot of us didn't vote for consolidation. We were told, if we didn't like what was going on in Memphis to pack up and leave-Guess what? We did!
Democrats, just get over the fact that you lost, and that if you want to blame somebody-just look to Washington DC (ie obama, pelosi, reid, frank and dodd to name a few). If they had a "D" next to their name, they didn't get my vote and I left a few races blank either because there wasn't an opponet or I didn't like the "R" candiate.
So the bigger question is; where were these people when the nbpp was engaged in outright voter intimiation in Philadelphia?
It has nothing for the suburban cities being selfish; We are just asking the hard questions about what benefits there are for the suburbs to have the county government merge with Memphis?
I have read the studies for and against it, and sadly the suburbs get the responsibility while Memphis gets away from the mess their elected representives created.
Clean up your own house before you come into ours and tell us how to live. Alot of us listened to willie, the black community (as a whole) was silent about his racism towards non-blacks and we left. The next stop for alot of us is to leave Shelby County...and that's happening more than Memphis will realize.
Vote Against Consolidation on November 2nd!
This kind of failure in Memphis is par for the course and is one of the biggest reasons to vote against consolidation in November. Just imagine that sort of incompetence covering all of Shelby County...
If every city in Shelby County would be willing to give up their mayors and city councils, then consolidation might be feasible. However, the suburbs have spoken loud & clear during the consolidation meetings and they don't want it.
My biggest fear is getting king willie elected as metro-mayor. He said if people don't like the way he's running the city, just move out. Well we did-we voted with our taillights. If consolidation goes through, the next step for some of us is to move out Shelby County or TN.
There are too many questions and the bottom line of how much this is going to cost wasn't answered with the charter commission stating several times that there are too many variables to calculate the cost. If the studies against consolidation that looked at the costs are consistent, then Shelby County can look at an increase of their tax rates from between 33% to 50%. So no three-year tax freeze is going fix that.
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