Strait Shooter 
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Re: “MLGW: Power Restoration Will be Multi-Day Process

Although most of the previous comments were made in jest, I think the gist of the jokes are spot on. When it comes to doing something to curb the rampant power outages that seem to plague Memphis, the buck should ultimately stop with the mayor. After all, the mayor is fully responsible for nominating the MLGW Board of Commissioners. (Dont believe me? Look it up.) The major is also in a position to use his bully pulpit to make special funding recommendations if necessary. But we -- the news media and the general public -- have largely let the mayor and the City Council off the hook on this issue, as if it's not City Hall's problem to help resolve. In the meanwhile, my neighborhood has endured at least eight significant power outages so far this year. Brilliant at the basics? Give me a frigging break.

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Posted by Strait Shooter on 10/21/2019 at 5:24 PM

Re: “Three Thoughts on Tiger Football

Brady White becomes a "star quarterback?" Let's not go way overboard. Given that Brady seems to be a good guy, I don't want to be harsh. (I didn't boo him the other night. I've never booed one of our players.) But the truth is that three of the four teams the Memphis Tigers have played thus far had better starting quarterbacks. Fortunately, the Tigers had better players at many other positions and/or better coaching.

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Posted by Strait Shooter on 09/30/2019 at 10:11 AM

Re: “Downtown Business Owners Urge Tom Lee Park Renovation

About damn time some fairly prominent movers and shakers came out in support of the redesign proposal. Because, based on the amount of orchestrated "noise" covered by the news media in recent months, the perception seems to be emerging that there's growing public opposition to the proposed renovation. I submit that perception is dead wrong.

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Posted by Strait Shooter on 08/23/2019 at 11:53 AM

Re: “Tom Lee Construction Pushed to Fall, Petition Aims for Pause on Park

Hmm...Perhaps it's time to consider starting a petition to boycott Memphis in May. Just a thought...But if the Tom Lee Park redesign proposal dies on the vine because of objections from MIM, I will never attend a MIM event again. That's a guarantee.

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Posted by Strait Shooter on 05/15/2019 at 4:04 PM

Re: “Tom Lee Construction Pushed to Fall, Petition Aims for Pause on Park

Strongly agree with you, LWC...Despite their smokescreen crap about not being against redesigning the park, nothing would make the "Save Tom Lee Park" petitioners happier than to essentially keep things the way they are, with the wants and needs of MIM taking huge precedence over all other Memphis residents and groups that would welcome major improvements to make the park much more inviting year round. My fear is that the delay to begin construction could be the first step toward mothballing the wonderful redesign plans.

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Posted by Strait Shooter on 05/15/2019 at 3:53 PM

Re: “New Group Seeks to "Save Memphis in May"

This is absolutely amazing! A clandestine advocacy group to sway public opinion against the riverfront redesign proposal...Simply amazing!...Here's hoping that a counter group quickly emerges in support of the proposal. I'll gladly support that counter group, financially and otherwise. And my support wouldn't be clandestine. After all, if your motives are honorable and you aren't ashamed or afraid to be publicly associated with others on your side of the disagreement, why would you need to hide?

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Posted by Strait Shooter on 02/25/2019 at 5:54 PM

Re: “Memphis In May Cites "Challenges," "Issues" in Tom Lee Park Redesign

Somewhat agree with barfolomew. MIM seems to have become an all-powerful special interest group that believes it has the right to get anything it wants. Of course, the "anything" is often public resources that should rightly belong to me and to every other Memphian just as much as the resources belong to MIM. Like most economic impact statistics, MIM's economic impact claims should be taken with a grain of salt. Wish there was a way to quantify the adverse impacts, which arguably aren't insignificant. Wish that the clique of connected insiders who run MIM would realize that what's good for the city will ultimately be good for MIM instead of expecting us to look at it the other way around.

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Posted by Strait Shooter on 02/22/2019 at 6:30 PM

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