Apparently one must have a facebook account to vote. Therefore, I'm sorry to say I can't cast a vote for Grow Memphis.
Thanks for the information. Yeah, I noticed GR hasn't responded....I guess he's researching?
It's an interesting point you raise about shifting majorities. That's what I think is the great thing about how our constitution is written...all people are supposed to be equal under the law. I saw some commenter say the other day that no two people are equal. S/He may be right, but under the law we are all supposed to be equal. One thing some people don't seem to think about is the old golden rule...how you gonna feel when someone else treats you like you're treating them?
I'm white and I have no problems at all living in Memphis, regardless of which race has the political majority. I've never been mistreated or discriminated against by any of the black government workers, or elected officials, with whom I've dealt and I really don't see what the problem is that so many certain people seem to have. I remember when AC Wharton was running for mayor...you could hardly find one person who had a bad word to say about him, other than possibly Mayor Herenton sometimes, but not that Wharton's the Mayor, I see all kind of rude comments made about him. It's really sad.
That is an interesting fact you just posted about Robert Church. I have never heard that before and wonder if you would provide me with a link to your source? I looked on Wikipedia but that article didn't provide details about Mr. Church bailing the city out of bankruptcy. It did state that he purchased extensive properties in Memphis following the yellow fever epidemic and, as a major property owner, I would assume he paid a lot of property taxes but the article didn't go so far into the matter as to relate to the city's bankruptcy. Thanks
Mr. Branston, the one paragraph which you wrote above that sums up this entire matter is as follows:
"The Norris-Todd bill, now known as the Gibson County Growth Act, is one of the most misunderstood pieces of legislation in history, possibly because lawmakers were specifically told that it would apply only to Shelby County before voting for it in case any of them were too groggy or dim-witted to get the point."
That statement, which was absolutely made to members of the General Assembly before this legislation was passed should be the only evidence the County Commission lawyers should have to present to Judge Mays in order to win this trial.
Still, I'm glad that the Judge is letting what is really a very simple issue become such an in-depth trial. First, by doing so this member of the local Republican establishment is allowing two of the biggest Republican law firms in the area to run up massive legal bills. These attorneys and their staff members who are paid from these fees will spend this money and help the local economy. Second, it give the so called "muni supporters" some time to think they actually have a shot at winning before the judge applies the facts to the law and determines that, yes, "lawmakers were specifically told that it would apply only to Shelby County before voting for it," and, last, but not least by any means, it gives Terry Roland's paranoia fertile ground in which to grow, conceive of conspiracies, and entertain us all.
It seems that Terry Roland sees a conspiracy everywhere he looks, and one wonders just how long before he actually snaps. I hope, for all their sakes, there are metal detectors and security that everyone, including commissioners, must pass through before commission meetings.
OTP, the reason Homer and all the other republicans don't believe you is they think everyone is like they are (i.e., full of shit and always blowin it out their ass).
cdel says "I have lived a few places and it's been my experience that people are pretty much the same no matter where you go."
If that's been your experience, cdel, you must have never lived many places outside the south. In most other places, people are not so racist, hateful, bigoted, gossipy, spiteful and negative as they are down here.
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