13,000 students live in downtown Memphis? Where do they go to school? UT Memphis, Southern College of Optometry, and the UofM law school have a combined enrollment somewhere barely north of 3,600 students and as best I can tell they are the only logical students to live downtown in mass numbers. I'm sure there are UofM, Rhodes, and CBU students who live downtown, but 10,000?
Also, while I'm giving you a geography lesson, there are no "Estonian" countries. There is a nation state called Estonia which is part of the Baltic Republics. The Soviet Union occupied these states for many years and through them had access Baltic Sea. But those republics are Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, and I'm certain the last two wouldn't like to be referred to as "Estonian" countries.
I give people the benefit of the doubt when they say something wrong. I assume they aren't stupid, just ignorant. But when someone is ignorant and doesn't have the good sense to keep quiet, stupid does become an option.
Why would anyone say Russia needs Syria for year round access to the Mediterranean? Syria and Russia don't share a border and have no seas, oceans, or rivers that would link up to provide access to the world's oceans. Perhaps you meant Turkey since it controls both sides of the Bosphorus and could potentially shut down Russian access to the Mediterranean via the Black Sea?
Of course, if you confused Syria and Turkey, then perhaps it's time for you to drop out of this debate as you clearly lack the knowledge to vie with others who do have some knowledge of geography (and economics, politics, the law (especially constitutional law), math, etc.).
Mr. Peck was the "conservative" voice of the CA's editorial board, which says volumes about the paper and their agenda. I won't miss him or the CA when they are gone. Those with true talent (Geoff Calkins for example) will find work elsewhere. Those who owed their employment to their race or gender will likely flounder. Some other entity will step up to fill the gap and we will forget the CA ever existed, much like we have forgotten the Press Scimitar.
As a final note, when Chris had a chance to retain me as a customer, he chose not to respond to my phone calls and emails. My one subscription didn't end his career and the run of the CA, but his attitude did. I didn't want a conservative paper, just one that acknowledged there was another side and treated that side fairly. I've still got a job, and most at the CA won't in a few more months. So who won, Mr. Peck?
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