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Re: “Back to Business? The Crumbling Foundations of the Service Industry

I live not far from Overton Square and have kept up with the impact of COVID on those businesses fairly well.

Odd that Chase didn't mention Babalu, which had paid meticulous attention to worker and guest safety since the pandemic started (such as taking worker temperatures as they arrived), closed back down about two weeks ago when one worker had a positive test. Every worker was tested and the entire place sanitized from top to bottom. They have reopened and called workers back as they could once workers' negative test results were received.

There is a lot to discuss about service industry wages and benefits. But jumping on the BLM and COVID bandwagons, as virtually everyone with a cause has done recently, does not seem to be an appropriate time or method.

There is also a missing piece of information related to this piece. With times so tough, why are do many places have "hiring now" signs out? From talking to many managers and workers in person and online, it seems quite a number of (many?) workers are actually making more money NOT working than they did when working, and therefore choose not to return to work, due to expanded unemployment benefits. I wish!

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Posted by ALJ2 on 07/12/2020 at 8:54 AM

Re: “Take ’Em Down

Cracker - Do you favor revolution along the lines of the French Terror, the Russian Revolution of 1918, or the Chinese Cultural Revolution? Of course, there is also the National Socialist model.…

Posted by ALJ2 on 07/05/2020 at 9:35 AM

Re: “Take ’Em Down

Well folks, as predicted, the mobs supported by the esteemed editor and many here have widened their purge.
Across the nation, the following are just some targets of violence being judged unacceptable by current standards:
Junipero Serra
George Washington
Francis Scott Key
Andrew Jackson
Ulysses S. Grant.
Who's next? History has shown the mob's thirst for violence and destruction is not easily satisfied. Of course, when you are safe at home in Memphis it's a different experience than if you were elsewhere sweeping up the ruins of your family business or wondering how to replace your destroyed car.
Do you really believe if every statue in every park or public building that offends anyone is destroyed or removed, that history books aren't going to follow?

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Posted by ALJ2 on 07/05/2020 at 9:07 AM

Re: “Germantown on Viral Video: 'Our Community Is For Everyone'

Uh, you folks do know the racial makeup of Germantown is far closer to that of Tennessee and the United States than that of Memphis? That the percentage of African-Americans on their police force exceeds that of their city?

How is enforcing a speed limit somehow bad? It is telling that enforcing the law is viewed as a negative in so many comments here.

So if one idiot white racist makes Germantown evil, what does the teenaged African-American who shoved a loaded gun into my friend's niece's face and carjacked her vehicle make Memphis? Or the African-American who gunned down a prominent citizen on the streets of downtown? Pardon the mangled expression, but profiling and stereotyping for the goose should be profiling and stereotyping for the gander.

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Posted by ALJ2 on 07/03/2020 at 12:00 PM

Re: “Take ’Em Down

What time's the book burning?

After all, we can't just purge the statues, monuments, flags, street names, and MAGA caps now can we?

Nor can we limit the purge to Civil War related things. At this very moment, "true progressives" (to the barricades, Comrades!) are working to include Columbus, Washington, Jefferson, Jackson, and Wilson (among others) in their efforts to "sanitize" the past to their modern standards.

Joining the editors and staff of The Flyer, the spirits of Cromwell, Robespierre, Lenin, Mao, McCarthy, Pol Pot, and many others give their heartfelt approval to "adjusting" the past to control the future.

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Posted by ALJ2 on 06/24/2020 at 12:21 PM

Re: “Strickland Says He Opposes Defunding Police Department

Bakerspond - Maybe you have some comments confused. I never said, and do not believe, any law enforcement officer should be held less than fully accountable for their actions. I do believe they should have the basic rights of the presumption of innocence and a fair trial, just as every other citizen should have.

My main point is how on earth does a rational person look at a city with 181 murders in a year with maybe six of them by the police (the six is a guesstimate, and the use of "murder" in these cases may well be unfounded) and proclaim their Number One issue is murder by the police? Heck, we didn't even get to traffic accidents, cancer or heart disease! If murder by the police is a worry, these other things will have you soiling your undergarments.

If human lives matter, what about the 175 or so other murdered people? Why is any compassion or concern for them totally absent?

And I doubt 8 out of 10 Memphians could even tell you what the Kendrick consent decree is about. Also Issue Number One? I doubt it.

If someone is truly sensitive to the risk of being murdered, then they need to examine and act upon the relative risks of being murdered in Memphis versus other Tennessee cities. Otherwise, it's just so much hot air.

Public policy should be based on fact and reason, not hyperbole and who yells the loudest (and loots the most businesses).

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Posted by ALJ2 on 06/11/2020 at 2:59 PM

Re: “Strickland Says He Opposes Defunding Police Department

Number one is murdered by the police? Really?

There were 181 murders in Memphis last year - how many by the police? Apparently over 175 dead people are OK since they weren't "murdered" by the police?

FYI - that's 27.7 per 100,000 citizens as opposed to 17.6 in Knoxville, 16.3 in Nashville, and 17.3 in Chattanooga. If someone is truly concerned about being murdered, why the heck are they still here?

I hope the cops spy the heck out of me. Since I'm not doing anything illegal, I'll feel much safer (especially since I have the sense not to pull a gun or a knife on them).

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Posted by ALJ2 on 06/11/2020 at 9:19 AM

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