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Updated on May 31, 2009 at 9:26 AM

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Re: “The Trolley Stop Market

Had a great Saturday morning breakfast here. Fresh home-made bread/toast, real hash browns, fresh veggies in my omelet. We'll be back.

Posted by BruceVanWyngarden on 06/21/2010 at 11:19 AM

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Re: “Lost in the Weeds: Tennessee Just Says No

When's the last time you got shot with a bong?

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Posted by BruceVanWyngarden on 04/19/2019 at 12:48 PM

Re: “Fly on the Wall 1572

How 'bout y'all sit down together and work on getting a sense of humor?

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Posted by BruceVanWyngarden on 04/11/2019 at 1:21 PM

Re: “Trump’s Lost Weekend

Yeah, how about that Mueller report? We haven't seen it yet, just a perfunctory ass-covering 4-page letter by AG Barr. If the report truly "exonerates" the president, they should be rushing to release it, right? I'll suspend judgment until we see it. Crowing about the results, or lamenting them, are both premature actions at this point.

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Posted by BruceVanWyngarden on 03/25/2019 at 11:37 AM

Re: “The Usual Shenanigans

Glad to see Mr. Kook is back after a long absence. Welcome. And please point out where I've advocated for free college tuition at private or religious schools. I haven't. I have pointed out many times that a college education has become ridiculously over-priced and that student debt is a major negative influencer on the economy, making it more difficult for young people to buy a house, etc. You have only to look to this week's news to see how absurd the process for getting into over-priced, over-hyped universities has become.

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Posted by BruceVanWyngarden on 03/14/2019 at 10:07 AM

Re: “It’s Not Easy Being Green

A 'roll', heh

Posted by BruceVanWyngarden on 03/07/2019 at 4:42 PM

Re: “Chaos Country

Tere, it's just not worth it to try to engage with or try to convince folks like yourself, who willfully ignore the level of corruption emanating from this administration. It is unprecedented. It has nothing to do with Abraham Lincoln or Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton or liberal or conservative. You may be able to gaslight yourself, but I've been around long enough to know bullshit when I see and hear it. Trump is at a level of corruption and graft that only an intentionally blind or tragically uninformed person could attempt to justify. There was one paragraph that mentioned the president. Maybe re-read the column again? Slower?

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Posted by BruceVanWyngarden on 02/24/2019 at 7:39 PM

Re: “21 Voices: Forcing Change at CMOM

We at the Childrens Museum object to this lump of coal that the Memphis Flyer has put in our stocking. Your piece amplifies - and often misrepresents past organizational challenges that our board of directors effectively managed to resolution at the time. Were lessons learned and changes made? Yes. Weve moved forward.

We hope everyone keeps a close eye on us as we continue to thrill, inspire and teach our diverse young clientele. For a year now, our dynamic new education director has been revitalizing exhibit content and adding curricula and lesson plans for use by parents and teachers. We consider the recent Black Panther/ Wakanda event an enormous success in promoting diversity and cultural heritage. Weve also been incubating a new vision wherein CMOM opens its doors as a convener and facilitator of conversations and collaboration around early childhood in our city a town hall for sharing ideas and addressing challenges. This work was initiated under Stephanie Butler and will be carried forward with passion in the coming years. Stay tuned!

Also, please come visit us on Martin Luther King Day this year. For every ticket purchased, CMOM will be giving away two free tickets to families in Memphis who might not otherwise be able to afford the museum. Our projection is that we will be making 600 such tickets available through agencies that serve low-income families.

With regards to transparency, our financial statements and formal audit remain freely available on our website. Indeed, it is from those documents that the Flyer selectively picked, decontextualized and distorted mundane details about our business practices and board members. CMOM has remains steadfastly transparent through the years and today showcases a strong board of directors, gifted staff and vast promise moving forward. All of this is amply reflected in our status as one of only eight accredited childrens museums nationwide and by our four-star status within Charity Navigator.

With best wishes for the holidays and the New Year,

Bridgette Speake, President, Board of Directors

Editor's note: We are posting this response at the request of the CMOM board. BV

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Posted by BruceVanWyngarden on 12/11/2018 at 9:00 AM

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