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Re: “Let’s Go Krogering ...

Hard to believe that a corporation selling over $110 billion in products a year (the second largest general retailer in the US and fifth largest in the world) doesn't have free publications in general, and the well-being of The Flyer in particular, as one of its priorities.

I go to a Kroger store at least once a week (twice this week already) and very seldom, if ever, see anyone getting something from the free racks. Frankly, the decision to do away with express checkouts and go to more self-checkouts bothers me and my friends a lot more than this concern.

And let me make some observations as someone who (back in the day) spent some years working at Kroger stores throughout Memphis:
These racks are a hodge-podge of sizes, shapes, colors and signage, and are generally considered clutter by the store staff and management.
They are frequently messy and often used as trash receptacles, and have to be cleaned up and straightened by the Kroger staff (who have other things to do).
Given the proliferation of these publications as discussed in this column, how can Kroger say, "Oh, we don't have any more room so we can't allow a rack for group X's publication."? Group X is then mad and lets their constituents know how Kroger does not respect them.

If publications want space in Kroger (like the Union store recently rebuilt for $24 million), maybe they could consider doing what many or most product manufacturers and distributors do - pay for space and upkeep. But we are in the Age of the Entitled, and many people want what they want, feel entitled to it, and expect someone else provide it.

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Posted by ALJ2 on 08/22/2019 at 9:08 PM

Re: “A.M. Alt: The Perils of Day-Drinking

Back when Boscos had a location in Germantown, an Alt was one of their regular on-tap beer for some years. It was generally viewed as kind of a "gateway brew" for craft style beers.

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Posted by ALJ2 on 08/20/2019 at 5:07 AM

Re: “U of M Students Look to Raise Funds for African-American Greek Organizations

"sacred spaces"???

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Posted by ALJ2 on 08/18/2019 at 4:46 AM

Re: “Commission Overrides Harris Natatorium Funding Veto

So, Cracker, what were your comments a few years ago when the City and the County each gave LeMoyne Owen College (a private school) several $million?

No surprise, though, you think blackmailing a public university to change wages rather than actually passing a law to require it is fine.

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Posted by ALJ2 on 07/31/2019 at 5:39 AM

Re: “Beale Cover Likely to Generate $500K for Security Measures This Summer

Well, Funky and Cracker, just what is your plan to reduce shootings, stampedes, etc. on Beale Street?
Or are your expectations and standards that Memphians and tourists should just expect these things on a regular basis?
In early 1974, sales tax in Memphis was 4.25% on virtually everything. It is now 9.75% in most of the local area (although some things are exempt). How do you think this increase has affected poor people? Why do you not care about this when you are so appalled that poor people who can't afford a $5 cover can't loiter until the wee hours in the district of town with the highest food, beverage and entertainment prices?
And if people can't afford a $5 cover, can they afford a proposed bag tax for almost everything they buy in a store? And the price increases due to the increased costs to businesses from the collection, tracking, reporting, and forwarding payments of the new tax to the City?

Posted by ALJ2 on 07/21/2019 at 5:19 PM

Re: “Mayor Lee Harris’ Recent Actions Cause a Stir

Cracker - I'm used to you ridiculing a senior citizen with disabilities because I feel the City shafts people on ambulance charges. (The same City government that worries a $5 Beale Street cover charge hurts poor people but wants to raise the cost of groceries and other staples by a bag tax.)

But trying to score your usual negative points by belittling our city's problem of children drowning (which disproportionally affects the poor and minority-majority) with a specious and utterly irrelevant comment about important laws protecting children is low even for you.

I referenced this type program because it is so important and the funding cut affects the UofM facility which would be used to provide them.

If Mayor Harris wants to enforce a certain minimum wage, he should introduce a law or laws to do so, rather than resorting to financial blackmail for an organization providing very important services for the community he says he is so concerned about.

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Posted by ALJ2 on 07/18/2019 at 5:11 AM

Re: “Mayor Lee Harris’ Recent Actions Cause a Stir

I wonder what Mr. Harris would say if the UofM cut $1M from community programs to make up for his fund cut? Like the ones for the expanded Michael Rose Natatorium teaching community kids unaffiliated with the University swimming and drowning avoidance.

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Posted by ALJ2 on 07/16/2019 at 8:01 PM

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