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Re: “Consolidation Endorsement

Fred Smith is clearly demonstrating leadership. I hope our population both inside and outside the city limits would heed the insight he provides and vote in favor of the new charter.

Posted by emeka on 10/13/2010 at 10:09 AM

Re: “Trends: Just Wondering

Consolidation is such a loaded word that has morphed into various meanings and myths that don't really apply in the case of the new charter. Certain words just stop people from listening altogether, when what we all really need is for people to actually read the new charter before making a decision for or against.

So, I can see supporters not wanting to use that word and wanting to focus on the fact that we would be starting over from scratch with government, using, but morphing, the existing institutions to conform to the vision of the new charter.

Posted by emeka on 08/19/2010 at 4:19 PM

Re: “Summer Clearance

I'm all for a 20 percent reduction in government! What a bold and promising opportunity we have here in Memphis with this new charter!

I think the Louisville example (most recent) and the Nashville example (same state) are the two best to consider for our case in Metro Memphis.

Posted by emeka on 08/19/2010 at 4:13 PM

Re: “Local Democrats' Governing Group Dubious About Metro Charter

We cannot afford to keep repeating the same "other options" mistakes we have made for the past 40 years. This new charter is our best chance to blow up the government and make it smaller than the sum of its parts, saving us all tax dollars that can be returned to taxpayers, ultimately making both the city and county more attractive places to live. The new charter does not solve every problem, but it is a strong step in the right direction.

Posted by emeka on 08/17/2010 at 3:12 PM

Re: “A Little More Conversation

This new charter is not a panacea that will solve all of Memphis's problems, but it is a strong step in the right direction. The charter commission did an outstanding job. The document should NOT spell out each individual job that is shaved, as Mr. Branston suggests, but instead it should be a framework for making government more streamlined, and therefore smaller, better, and cheaper than the sum of its parts.

There are numerous places where efficiencies will be realized: smaller government, better coordination of development and growth, eliminating costly primary elections, tremendously strong ethics guidelines, reduced legal costs, elimination of undesired annexations, and better coordinated emergency protection, just to name a few.

Wyeth Chandler would still be here if we had that last item alone. Lorenzen Wright might not have survived, but the investigation to catch the perpetrators might have actually caught the guys quickly if there were a single 911 center. Instead, these guys are still on the loose.

Yes, sure, theoretically some of these many points can be accomplished without a new charter, but the fact that it has not happened is in large part due to the fact that there are TWO out-dated charters that mandate inherent inefficiency. In practice, our dual government system is failing us. It is insane to do nothing about it. The good people on the charter commission have authored an excellent path back to sanity for us. I am in full support. You should be too!

Posted by emeka on 08/13/2010 at 3:37 PM

Re: “The Other "N-Word" and Consolidation

This new charter is not a panacea that will solve all of Memphis's problems, but it is a strong step in the right direction. The charter commission did an outstanding job. The document should NOT spell out each individual job that is shaved, as Mr. Branston suggests, but instead it should be a framework for making government more streamlined, and therefore smaller, better, and cheaper than the sum of its parts.

There are numerous places where efficiencies will be realized: smaller government, better coordination of development and growth, eliminating costly primary elections, tremendously strong ethics guidelines, reduced legal costs, elimination of undesired annexations, and better coordinated emergency protection, just to name a few.

Wyeth Chandler would still be here if we had that last item alone. Lorenzen Wright might not have survived, but the investigation to catch the perpetrators might have actually caught the guys quickly if there were a single 911 center. Instead, these guys are still on the loose.

Yes, sure, theoretically some of these many points can be accomplished without a new charter, but the fact that it has not happened is in large part due to the fact that there are TWO out-dated charters that mandate inherent inefficiency. In practice, out dual government system is failing us. It is insane to do nothing about it. The good people on the charter commission have authored an excellent path back to sanity for us. I am in full support. You should be too!

Posted by emeka on 08/13/2010 at 3:35 PM
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