God has some really peculiar people working for Him.
I live in an area of Memphis which has trash collection services provided by Inland Waste through contract with the City of Memphis. City-provided trash carts in our neighborhood are scheduled to be collected by Inland Waste on Thursday. This morning, Sunday 9-11-16, a truck and a crew of three from Inland Waste rumbled through my neighborhood collecting trash. I have repeatedly complained in person, by email, and on the telephone to individuals with the City of Memphis and Inland Waste. I attended my City Councilman's town hall at the Bert Ferguson Community Center. I complained directly to Mayor Strickland and Mr. Knecht, the Memphis Director of Public Works. I have spent months communicating with individuals with the City of Memphis and Inland Waste. There has only been a minimal improvement in service. Mayor Strickland claims he wants the city to be "brilliant at the basics". Unless he can follow up on repeated complaints, he is more like to be remembered as being "Brilliant at Bul***it".
What is necessary to provide reassurance that the terms of this agreement will not be violated is the removal of Brady from any position of leadership or trust at the Memphis Zoo. It is his obstinance which has prolonged this problem. The current parking issues are in very large part the creation of the Zoo leaders. They failed to adopt reasonable forward-looking plans to address the logistics associated with visitors attracted to new and replacement exhibits at the Zoo. An eternal watchful eye must be forever focused on the Brady faction at the Zoo. The best solution is to remove Brady entirely.
Brady must be replaced with a competent leader.
The Brady Clique continues to oppose any meaningful resolution of the problems created by the lack of forward-looking planning by the leaders of the Zoo. Instead of working and playing well with others, the Brady Clique continues in willful opposition to compromise. It is clear that Brady continues his path of defiance and ignores reasonable discussion with those whose opinions differ from his. The members of the Zoo Board should consider the damage to the reputation of the Zoo caused by such behavior. It is time for the Zoo board to act responsibly and terminate Brady and replace him with a Director who understands compromise.
Brady's intransigence and unwillingness to accept any view which differs from his own is the key component of the current problem. If the leaders of the Zoo had adopted a forward-looking plan to manage the logistics involved in accommodating the visitors to the Zoo the problems now being discussed would have been solved long ago, By refusing to explore any options, except his own narrow vision, Brady has wasted immeasurable goodwill and taxpayer dollars in his fits of pique defending his position. The time for Brady to resign or to be dismissed by the Board of the Memphis Zoological Society has come. Brady will never accept any proposal or actions except those which support his narrow and limited vision. Brady views Overton Park as being an empty canvas upon which his vision may be drawn. That is simply not the case. The obvious disregard, and indeed contempt, for the natural or open spaces within the park raises serious questions about his judgment and his ability to lead the Zoo. Brady's obvious contempt for those who disagree with him is palpable. He has squandered the opportunity to resolve the problems which are in a very large part a creation of the leaders of the Zoo. Brady has been the essential figure in this monumental failure. That failure must be the standard by which he is judged. It is time for Brady to leave.
What is absolutely clear is that this action represents a no-confidence vote regarding the leadership skills of Brady. Brady has done nothing except stonewall any solution to the parking and traffic problems created by the lack of forward-looking planning by the leaders of the Zoo. Brady should be dismissed immediately and replaced with a competent director. It is far past time for leadership at the Zoo which welcomes public participation in the planning and operation of the Zoo. Brady must go.
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By Chris Shaw
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