J Thom 
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Re: “Challengers Logan, Easter-Thomas Win Council Runoffs

As an unbiased observer who lives in neither District 1 or 7, and actually just outside the city limits but historically have lived within city limits and adeptly familiar with local politics, it seems in general the mostly business-oriented candidates (ala Boyd) and more conservative candidates have more heavily relied on media advertising than face-to-face involvement in the community (attending community events, knocking on doors, phone banking, showing up at polling sites to great voters as they enter). If the only place I've seen a candidate is on a billboard, it's doubtful I'm going to vote for them, even if I find them the better of the candidates in their respective race.

I get that its humbling and maybe a bit awkward to to greet voters at the polls or knock on doors, but that's the hard work that should go into being an elected representative of the community. Otherwise, don't even bother running. And I get the selffishness of those voters who try to dodge candidates who greet them at the polls when you go in already knowing who you're voting for, but until you've actually seen what new candidates really have to do to be elected in races, you have no idea what it's like and dodging those people is just straight up rudeness. Just be nice, take their flier that says cliche things about "strengthening neighborhoods and fighting crime" and throw it away later. It's not going to hurt you to do that.

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Posted by J Thom on 11/15/2019 at 8:24 AM

Re: “Hoop City! Season Previews for the Tigers and Grizz

For the Griz, the 2020 draft pick is due to Boston but with Top 3 protection this year. The Griz need to be absolutely terrible and go for a top 3 pick, or be really good and get a 15 or higher pick to convey to Boston. What would be absolutely terrible would be a 4th or 5th pick to convey to Boston, and give them a young stud that we could otherwise have paired with Ja/Jaren/Clarke, all because of that debacle of a trade Wallace made for Jeff Green years back.

Imagine a top 3 pick to pair with Ja/Jaren/Clarke though? We'd be talented enough to convey the 2021 pick (which, with the increase in talent and extra year of experience for the new core should be a higher pick, given a better season in 2020-21). It'd be like the talent of those OKC teams with Westbrook/Durant/Harden.

And, if Clarke ends up being the near All Star he could potentially be, after this year I say wrap Jonas V. into a trade for more assets/picks for future building, then slide JJJ to the 5, Clarke enters the starting lineup at the 4, and the team is prepped to be stacked all the way around the roster, given we may smart decisions in the draft.

The future is bright, if the Griz play our cards right!

Posted by J Thom on 10/24/2019 at 8:55 AM

Re: “Changing Police, Fire Residency Rules Raises Concern Among City Council Members

"Currently, 12 percent of MPD officers live outside the city and county, MPD director Michael Rallings said. Forty-two percent live in the city."

And where do the remaining 46% live? Outer space?

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Posted by J Thom on 10/15/2019 at 3:14 PM

Re: “About That Cover ...

I bet if we could just get more people to get offended by things, we could solve all the problems that exist in the city and in the world.

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Posted by J Thom on 09/06/2019 at 10:57 AM

Re: “Public Money, Private Schools

There's a good chance I will send my kids to private school in Shelby County. That said, I 100% oppose this legislation. If not for the fact those who voted for it in counties and school districts unaffected should have abstained and allow the legislators from only Shelby & Davidson Counties vote (that would have been an overwhelming 21-3 failure vote on the vouchers though, gasp!), I would also note it is the role of the legislators not to advocate for private entities, but to fix government and education provided by government in TN (aka public education). If public education is a broken system, it's not the role of legislators to advocate for private education interests (even if they interest me as a private citizen, who doesn't have an obligation to the state and constituents as an elected office holder), but rather it is the role of legislators to enact laws to fix the broken public education system. For example, providing public teachers greater autonomy on the curriculum in the classroom is an option, or if the secular nature of public education is a problem, greater options for Bible education courses (albeit not mandated, but simply optional) is something the legislators can consider.

I do understand the counter argument not addressed in this opinion column, that those would send their children to private education are still paying for the public education systems through taxes and don't get that money back, even though they aren't taking advantage of that public education system. This returns some of that money to those, albeit limited to the low-income earners, but aside from the aforementioned point, it is also unbecoming to designate that option to only two counties in the entire state, against the vast majority of the will of legislators and constituents in those affected counties.

I hope other citizens of TN in those rural counties will see how your legislators voted to use your tax dollars, in ways that are not in your direct interests, and remember that on voting day in 2020. With a better legislating environment, it is my sincere passion a new TN General Assembly will take up legislation on the first day of that session to revoke this bill and all it's contents.

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Posted by J Thom on 07/18/2019 at 9:19 AM

Re: “Lemoyne-Owen Professor's Brandon Webber Comments Draw Ire

Even as someone who tends to side with the officers on this and believes Tami Sawyer is horrible for the city, I completely condemn this professor's comments as well. It's never a good idea to exit your vehicle and brandish a weapon in front of officers, esp. US Marshals, though as a young 20 yr old I'm sure Brandon Webber may have not fully understood that, but the fact is his life is lost (regardless of any poor decisions made to have led to this point) and his family and friends are hurting, regardless of how much people want to associate them to the mob outburst from last week, and calling someone child-like names (f****** idiot) does nothing to help anything. Even if that was for just Graves' own family/friends, why would they get any kick out of reading that? It wasn't like it was funny at all. Graves' just created a mess for himself, and he's going to have a hard time paying for that.

As for the city, the best thing they can do now is, while of course continuing to enforce the law, develop a plan for local MPD officers to volunteer in the Frayser community. Read to youth at the local Frayser Community Center, Frayser-area libraries, and Frayser Elementary Schools when school is back in session this fall. Demonstrate to the Frayser youth that officers' jobs are to protect them, help them, and serve them as they do all our local communities, not to attack them. If they can get Shelby County to do the same with the SCSO deputies, that could be a valuable first step at building trust in our communities, and who knows? Maybe it could lead to encourage these young children later in life to rethink any criminal behavior and continue their education and find ways to be valuable contributors back in their communities. We can solve the problem together, if we work together!

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Posted by J Thom on 06/18/2019 at 8:59 AM

Re: “'Say His Name #BrandonWebber:' Memphis Responds to Officer-Involved Shooting

Pretty sure I lost all respect ever held for Tami Sawyer for the reckless, irresponsible response on this situation, and I hope for goodness sakes she'll issue an apology to the city, and likely do the right thing and drop out of the mayoral race, which she just doomed with this irresponsible attack on law enforcement, and defense of someone who was attacking a US Marshal.

I get it, his family and friends are hurting and outraged and that's fine. What's not fine is causing a riot and attacking law environment, who isn't there trying to tell anyone not to be outraged, but just trying to keep things under control and forced to wear riot gear and disperse tear gas just to make that happen.

If I'm law enforcement, and someone rams my car and gets out threatening me with a gun, you'd better believe I'd shoot them too! I'm sorry he has family, but dude, be there for your kids and wife and support them, don't attack law enforcement and get yourself killed. You don't get killed by being respectful and complying. It's just that simple!

Tami Sawyer is a cancer for Memphis, and a cancer to the Black Community!

19 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by J Thom on 06/13/2019 at 4:55 PM

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