Tommy Volinchak's Brilliance
Tommy Volinchak's brilliant letter (July 15th issue) should be required reading for every resident of Midtown. As he pointed out, the insane fuss created by June West and her group of loonies in Memphis Heritage about the possible demolition of the Union Avenue Methodist Church building is another example of the ongoing fight to destroy business incentive to invest in Midtown.
The former pastor and congregation tried to preserve the building and asked for community help, to no avail. This confirms the dishonesty of West's group's claims that they are concerned with preserving local history. What they are interested in is keeping business from locating in Midtown, as was illustrated in the group's successful push to block redevelopment south of Overton Square.
What is most shocking about this is the support West and Memphis Heritage received from elected and appointed leaders. What kind of wrong-headed "leadership" helps keep millions of dollars of new development and possibly hundreds of jobs from an area that very much needs them in the "great recession"?
I live in Midtown and love it, but West and her supporters stress keeping unwanted buildings with no plan for their future use.
Congressman Steve Cohen has always believed that the best politics is doing the job you were elected to do well. Since elected in 2006, Cohen has:
Worked with President Obama on tax cuts to create and save jobs in the 9th Congressional District; authored an amendment to prohibit employers from discriminating against job applicants with poor credit records; fought for a much needed health-care reform bill that gives health care to millions and reduces the 9th District's burdens by allowing the Med to recover funds spent treating out-of-state patients; introduced legislation to help relieve the burden of student-loan debt in bankruptcy cases; fought to hold BP executives accountable for the spill in the Gulf of Mexico; protected the First Amendment by introducing the Citizen Participation Act to ban meritless SLAPP lawsuits meant to stifle the voices of the American public; introduced the Honor the WISH Act allowing our military personnel control over their funeral arrangements; and passed a resolution calling upon the United States House of Representatives to apologize for its role in allowing slavery and the Jim Crow era that followed.
Memphis is well on its way to becoming the prosperous city that we all deserve, and it is very important that we keep it on that path. Vote to reelect Congressman Steve Cohen for District 9!
As we approach the August primary, there are various reasons why I am voting for Congressman Zack Wamp as the Republican nominee for governor. The most significant one is of a personal nature. When my sister requested assistance regarding her Social Security disability, he and his staff were there to assist her.
My sister's story is a familiar one for many constituents of the 3rd Congressional District. Sometimes the outcome is not always as positive as hers, but folks can rest in the thought that Wamp and his staff do their best to help those in need. I could list the business, economic, and fiscally conservative reasons as well, but sometimes it's the personal things that are equally significant to voters and in particular to elected officials like Wamp.
In essence, he and his staff become "angels" in the lives of others. These words may sound strange but imagine hearing them come from your own congressman. Impressive, you may ask? Not really. Not when it comes from a man who has a servant heart. In a time when so many promise so much, this servant trait is something Congressman Wamp embodies and is desperately needed at this time.
Show Me the Cash
Memphis City School officials' salaries are higher than the mayor's and other city officials', led by MCS superintendent Kriner "Show Me the" Cash. But as was pointed out in the "Memphis as a Model" cover story (July 15th issue), they are on the low end of the learning scale and test-scores scale. How will more money help?
What's wrong with this picture?
This week it starts in earnest — the questioning. You can't escape it. It comes from your spouse, your kids, your parents — at the breakfast table, in the car, on the phone, via email: "What do you want for Christmas?" ...