Thank you for your coverage of this story. Every incident mentioned above is well documented. It is more than obvious no attempt is being made to change operational procedure at MAS. It is well beyond time for Mayor AC Wharton (ultimately responsible for the operation of MAS, as well as personally responsible for the appointment of James Rogers as director) to publicly and specifically address the citizens of Memphis, regarding these atrocities, and a plan to immediately correct all problems.
James Rogers has claimed that these problems would be corrected on numerous occasions, with zero results. He no longer deserves to be part of the equation.
Good Luck to you, Bruce! On another note, Andria's story of the absurd reminded me of my own - Several years ago, I was stopped for 'running' a yellow light. Seriously. That's not the absurd part, though. The officer approached the car with the usual 'do you know why...' I said no. 'You ran a yellow light.' That's right, folks - he didn't even try to make it a red, and it wasn't. He then continued; 'Don't you know what a yellow light means?' Me: 'Yes, proceed with caution.' Him: 'NO! It means it's fixin (yes, he said 'fixin') to turn red! You should have stopped!' My reply: Oh! So that means if it's red, it's 'fixin' to turn green, and I should go, right?' Yeah, I got the ticket (me and my mouth...) BUT - I fought it, and I won. True story. :-)
John Coryat - as Jeff (and the article) said, there is already a license law on the books! How about we start by holding MAS responsible for enforcing it consistently?
I agree with Dr. Towers' idea that the fee for unaltered animals be raised (significantly!), but then again, if an owner is irresponsible enough not to spay/neuter, what makes anyone think they'd run out and get a license for said animal?
Bravo, Southern Beale, on your 2 points! There is actually a picture circulating on facebook that says the same thing as the twitter feed. I was just about to sound off about how ridiculous the statement is in reality. I'm 100% behind the 2nd Amendment, but to think this tragedy would have been avoided simply by having one moviegoer with a gun is utter stupidity.
The Cilantro/Lime/Jalapeno pesto is delicious, and freezes well in small portions. Looking forward to using some on a cold day this winter!
I think this is a great outcome, on all counts! (well, except for Mr. Dowdy, who pretty much ruined his credibility by his public statements). Thanks to Judge Potter, for being open minded, and apparently, 'going above and beyond' his duties in this case. I hope this is the beginning of wonderful things to come, ie; the city helping to turn blighted properties all over Memphis into functioning community gardens. Congratulations, Adam! I'll be following future developments closely - I hope my fellow Memphians will also - this is proof that, working together, we CAN make a change!
I place blame with both Judge Potter & Code Enforcement - I agree that Judge Potter has done some pretty great things with Environmental Court. He has welcomed kudos for those things, now it's time for a little discontent.
Adam Guerrero is one of a small faction of citizens of Memphis who do what they can to help our city. His work with these 3 young men is only the tip of the iceberg - he works with many young people to steer them in a direction other than the one their circumstances may lead them in. He has also worked to provide healthier food options to the residents of Memphis' well-known 'food deserts'.
It amazes me that anyone would vilify his efforts, given our current state of affairs.
What angers me most of all is that Adam Guerrero is being harassed for his efforts, while here in Midtown, my neighbors and I are forced to deal with a house that has been abandoned for many years, & is a constant draw for drug users, and other undesirables. No one is willing to help us, because the family that owns the property is well known in Memphis (read $$), pays the taxes on the property, & has it listed for sale at an exorbitant price, claiming it is 'prime' real estate. Someone's priorities are out of order...
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