About Steve Steffens' Viewpoint "Tear Down the Shelby County Democratic Party and Start Over" ...
The current party is a bunch of jackals fighting over the scraps left over after the Republicans have torn the state apart. They have no desire to do their own hunting.
About Kevin Lipe's Beyond the Arc post, "Dave Joerger out as Grizzlies Head Coach" ...
While I was initially shocked by this decision, after reading all the "behind the scenes" stuff, I agree with it. I've always thought coaching changes set back franchises, but obviously we had a coach who wanted no part of our team. He'd been here nearly 10 years. Thanks, Dave. It's time to move on.
The shedding of tears was also a shot at front office, "Oh, woe is me, it was so hard, all the injuries, they traded Jeff Green, they traded Courtney, then had a carousel of D leaguers... and, oh yeah, they picked Jordan Adams instead of Rodney Hood ...."
It was a shot at front office, and I'm not saying he was totally wrong on everything, but that's what it was.
His remarks the next day were actually in line with all his prior behavior, including the tear fest. He was thankful for his players, but had disdain for front office since his sponsor Jason Levien left.
About Frank Murtaugh's From My Seat post, "Preferred Playoffs: Hockey" ...
I am a hockey fan, not the best place to live for that. The Predators are having a good run. I am a Leafs fan. So that is the same as saying, 'Hey, I am delusional,' but I grew up in Ontario, so that is my excuse. The playoffs in the NHL are called hockey's second season for a reason. Often all bets are off. Guys who bag it during the season suddenly come alive. Sometimes the big guns go silent. Always love watching.
On J.D. Reager's Local Beat column, "A New Booker in Town" ...
Here's hoping that he's successful at broadening the mix of performers to appeal to a wider audience. And to appeal to folks truly interested in hearing good live music, not just in drinking and socializing with a live band as merely a backdrop. Much needed at Lafayette's. (Special request: Please bring back Castro Coleman, aka Mr. Sipp, the Mississippi Blues Child!)
On the letter about "Madam President" in Last Week's "What They Said" ...
We elected a black man as president because people said that this country is more than ready for a black man to lead us.
They are and were right, but should we have ONLY one candidate of that sex or color represented?
Surely there are more qualified women to run for office than someone who is under federal investigation for mishandling of classified material and who has let an embassy be sacked and the ambassador murdered and dragged through the streets.
Besides,we have already had a woman president. When Calvin Coolidge had his stroke, his vice president did not want to assume the duties, so Mrs. Coolidge sat in the president's place and made decisions for the country.
Pssst ... it was Wilson, not Coolidge who had the stroke. And if Mrs. Coolidge took over after Mrs. Wilson poisoned the president, well, we got ourselves an HBO series!
About Joshua Cannon's News Blog post "Ghost River Requests $66,455 for Tap Room, Renovations"
I love Boscos and Ghost River. Corporate (and a lot of other) welfare, not so much.
About zoo parking ...
The parking problem will not go away with the Band-Aid proposed last week. Memphis artist Roy Tamboli's suggestion to see the parking quandary as an opportunity to innovate and enhance the park landscape has been the only solution with a flicker of ingenuity. Surely we have enough great architects and civic-minded business leaders to turn this dilemma into a show-stopping solution. Don't leave it to the clumsily thuggish zoo PR team or the big-business-indebted zoo board and City Council. Find a Tamboli-like solution that will enhance and resonate for decades.