"...refused to allow an audit..." The unwillingness to open their books (why???) is seemingly the reason for the secession. Anything else seems to be filler and excuses.
Jackson Baker, your writing style is reminiscent of earlier period reporters and I truly adore it. Also, as always, your column is an anticipated and most interesting read.
A critical role of government is to advance and capitalize on curtural assets.
No one argues that the government should be involved in libraries, schools, museums... etc. But the Music Commission, of late, has received so much controversy for it's curation and promotion of music. I am unable to understand why this is so controversial; especially in a city built on music.
Further, It is widely acceptable for government to aid the business community. There are so many governmental entities that are chartered solely to assist business. Many governmental agencies (sometimes to their detriment) wildly blur the line between public and private partnerships. But just the same, no one says that government cannot support economic development. At the least, government has a role to play in development of all forms for all citizens of the community- individual and business alike. When the Memphis Music Commission steps up to aid entrepreneurial endeavors and business ventures centered around music, it is vilified. And not to mention the countless individual artists who have benefited from the efforts of the Commission. Those successes are arguably the MMC's greatest legacy. How is the hypocrisy of this anti-Music-Commission sentiment tolerated?!?
Further, have you actually tried to speak to anyone who has benefited from the commission? Have you tried? This article is extremely biased and one sided.
The author of this article is not objectively or holistically examining the facts and does not understand the context in which he is speaking.
To respond to an earlier comment, privatization of government services is never the best choice... even in the face of gross mismanagement (speaking in generalities... no specific comments on MAS or any other agency).
The public is always served best by through public services. In the face of problems, proper reorganization, restaffing, and reinvestment solves issues and leaves essential public functions such as animal welfare and sheltering in the ownership of the citizens with the fullest ability to be overseen by the people.
Are we sure this isn't Shane Trice related? I really hope not. That's the last thing Memphis needs. I'm all for it as long as it has nothing to do with him. The gay community in Memphis needs more places to go.
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