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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: “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

Re: “Good Morning, America. How Are You?

The Dems flipped 35 House seats (and counting), the most since 1974, not to mention seven new governorships and more than 300 state-level legislative seats. That's pretty wave-ish, given that the Senate math was stacked against them. They also won the overall popular vote by 7 percentage points. I'll take it.

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Posted by BruceVanWyngarden on 11/09/2018 at 10:27 AM

Re: “Blow Up the Vote!

Is everyone under 40 a millennial? I didn't even use that phrase. And I addressed the concerns about the youth vote being depressed by poverty and lack of education. But, as I also pointed out, most people under 40 aren't kids. Tens of thousands of educated people people in their 20s and 30s don't and didn't vote. It has nothing to do with some mythical, media-created generational attitude, i.e. "millennials" or "GenX" or whatever. It's apathy.

6 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by BruceVanWyngarden on 08/03/2018 at 9:15 AM

Re: “Faith-based Democracy

Nope, nope, and nope. Receipts/paper ballots are standard in many states. A paper trail is the only proof a voter has that his or her vote was cast properly.

2 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by BruceVanWyngarden on 07/19/2018 at 2:14 PM

Re: “Welcome to It City

Actually, Fitz, I can name-check several young lawyers with kids in Peabody Elementary and Idlewild Elementary. But your other points are on target.

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Posted by BruceVanWyngarden on 06/28/2018 at 1:25 PM

Re: “Welcome to It City

Pedro, one of us needs to re-read that column, slower.

13 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by BruceVanWyngarden on 06/28/2018 at 10:13 AM

Re: “Survey Says ... We Don’t Agree. About Anything.

I see what you did there, Julie Ray.

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Posted by BruceVanWyngarden on 06/19/2018 at 11:59 AM

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