Jeff, Greg Duckett is the in house General Council at Baptist, and has served on the Tennessee Election Commission since 2007.
OTP...Your last paragraph is laughable. By your own addmission in this thread this was all about Memphis getting out of the MOE payments. This has always been about money, not the children.
First, I agree with your comment that if this Pre-K program was limited to children of working mothers with skin in the game it may have passed.
But your next comment regarding the Mayor..
"AC Wharton has no clout in inner city Memphis. He is viewed as, not one of us. The perception is that he is smooth and goes along to get along. He has neve really fought for the average inner city black, but, his efforts are more tailored to appeasing the whites of Mud Islan, Midtown, etc."
Through your eyes if the Mayor supports the wants of whites, he's appeasing them; but if he supports the wants of inner city blacks, he's fighting for them.
Memphis is on life support and needs leadership that has the balls to make unpopular but needed decisions. Martavious Jones is not the leadership the city needs.
Herenton destroyed the city.
OTP..that was things, not thinks...
@OTP..The final sentence of your 10-28, 5pm comment tells all.
"To better understand this problem, you would have to go back to the early 60's and work forward. You will then see a clearer picture of the situation and why we are where we are."
I'm 61, in the early 60's I was 10 years old and living in a rural area of Western PA. Going back to that period of time means nothing to me today as far as race relations are concerned. I look forward not back. If you keep looking back; that is where you will be going.
"What it all boils down to is race. Whites, in the county, don't want to be ruled by blacks, period. "
OTP ..you are an intelligent man, I hope you do not believe what you just wrote. You and I both know its not about race, its about money, period. If we carved the county up into attendance zones that fit your fancy today, locked them in for 50 years, removed the county from funding them and required each district to fund itself would you feel the same way?
I wanted to add to my response but ran out of time. OTP, do you want to meet for lunch? Serious question,, we could compare backgrounds and educate eachother about thinks we both do no understand.
I have been to 2 in the U.S that are not in a mall.; one is on the Las Vegas Strip across the street from Caesars Palace, the other is in Times Square. Both are two floors.
The key to their success is foot traffic; more than a thousand people an hour at both, and pricing. You can buy a $5 Macburger or a $15 next door burger. The one in Vegas is open 24/7 not sure about the one in N.Y.
Highland and Southern is neither the Vegas Strip or Tmes Square. A no drive through one would work on Beale Street though.
Eagles were awesome last night and Joe Walsh still has it going.
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