Back to the topic of the article here, but last word from me on the matter. It seems the #1 issue for not supporting the pre-k initiative was because of the overwhelming belief that, in general, the program would succumb to fraud and/or would be rendered ineffectual due to a poor home environment or due to a lack of qualified instructors. That may be. However, I can speak only for myself here: I was willing to pay 50 cents more for every $100 in purchases I make even if the only result was that one or two dozen of the 5,000 or so children that would have been able to attend a pre-k program did in fact benefit from a stronger early education foundation which we know increases learning potential during those first crucial years. I know what the results will be if nothing changes: Memphis will continue to be the most poverty stricken major metropolitan area in the country, beset with a stagnant economy and hemorrhaging young, educated residents to the Atlantas, Nashvilles and Charlottes of the world.
Nashville is overexposed? Gross. Not that I oppose the lifestyle choice, I would just as soon it be aimed at the Tri-Cities.
Actually, you appear to be behind the times (as usual) re: distribution. Storing finished product continues to be marginalized or entirely removed from the supply chain thanks in large part to more efficient volume and tracking technology. I also liked how you completely avoided the fact that those employed to facilitate the moving of a box from truck A to truck B are some of the lowest (if not THE lowest) paid individuals in the supply chain. You did get one thing right: these minimum wage jobs are absolutely critical to our consumer driven economy and fortunately Memphis has perfected the creation of dolts to supply fill this demand. Your inane rebuttal goes beyond a lack of "sophistication"- something that might have been addressed with a higher quality education, the foundation of which is early intervention/ pre-k programs.
By the way, I live on a street in Midtown where the majority of residents are caucasian and we had a sinkhole open up in the middle of our street in 2011 that was finally repaired last week. That's right, white in Midtown and our street was falling apart- and trying to suck down cars with it. Sidewalk was crumbling too, but seeing as that is the homeowners responsibility, I replaced the section fronting my own property. As for your streetlights, I bet you did not even know that all you need to do is call MLGW and they will replace the light in one week or less. Who needs to spin a lie when the truth is fully capable of speaking volumes on its own?
Excellent! The citizens of Memphis sent a loud and clear message yesterday: they love the status quo. After all, pre-k was just going to be a massive, government subsidized babysitting service. The funds would have been wasted on the majority of the children it was meant to serve. I mean, the parents of these kids are dumb as dirt and there is no reason to think that their kids will achieve anything more than sitting on the couch and waiting for that sweet, sweet gov't handout to arrive in the mail. Memphis will always be a city of mostly poor, inept rubes which fits the local and national economic engine just fine. Someone only need be slightly better trained than a seal at SeaWorld to move a box in a warehouse. We could probably save millions in taxpayer money by doing away with the alphabet altogether (wasted on Memphians) and concentrating on colors and shapes which could be utilized to equal effect in local distribution operations.
You say "We want our neighborhood streets to look the same as those streets look when you get into the white neighborhoods". Well then tell your lazy neighbors to get out and cut their own d@mn grass for a change instead of waiting for the city to cut it for them. Do a little pre-emptive home maintenance every now and then. That would go a long way.
Take our water and you risk an invasion of Arkansas rice farmers and Mississippi suburbanites and that is something I think we would all like to avoid if possible.
Nobody- Unless they changed it, the first 2 numbers show attendance at its peak when at the Fairgrounds in Memphis and the 350,000 number was attendance for the last year it was in Memphis. The first year in Desoto (2010) drew 142,976 people. In 2011 attendance fell to 75,000 and fell again in 2012 to 71,000 before rising to 85,000 this year. The best year in DeSoto saw only 50% of the numbers on hand when compared to the worst year in Memphis. Couple that with the growth in attendance at the Delta Fair from 170,000 in 2007 to around 250,000 this year. Even if attendance grew at 18% annually, it would still take the Mid South Fair almost a decade to see their attendance return to the worst attended events while in Memphis. With that in mind, it is no wonder they want to relocate closer to the city. They are fighting for their very existence.
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