Don Back From Texas 
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Re: “Memphis Stink Alert: Rotten Eggs Possible Thursday

On Mud Island we put up with the sewage plant smells several times a month as it is over-whelmed or whatever the excuse is. Some money is allocated for something, but it still stinks often.

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Posted by Don Back From Texas on 02/08/2017 at 8:17 PM

Re: “Commercial Appeal Eliminating Paid Freelance Writers


As a 6-2 frequent flyer, I'm an informed consumer of airliner seating and would note that it's a slightly different commodity from the others this wise: there ARE larger seats up front if you want prices that are a much cheaper today than coach was 25 years ago. One can't help but observe that these cheaper seats are the result of de-regulation: average Joes can fly more cheaply now, and pilots make less than ever.....something I'd guess that most Flyer readers would approve.

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Posted by Don Back From Texas on 01/13/2017 at 1:06 PM

Re: “Geniune Vetting of Trump Cabinet Nominees Needed

Each weasel is entitled to surround himself with his own ilk; there is no other option in a republic.

100 million folk didn't vote; even if they did, those votes would be of the short-run, self-interested, ignorant sort.

There is nothing interesting or new about DJT45, this election, or the folk or editors who don't feel they're getting their way this time.

The things that matter go unremarked upon.

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Posted by Don Back From Texas on 01/12/2017 at 5:16 PM

Re: “Commercial Appeal Eliminating Paid Freelance Writers

We hate to see traditions end, to see the lives affected, but that's merely the emotional side of things.

I enjoyed the Appeal in the last millennium, but its just a business whose time is passing: the balance of subscription revenue against expense has been going the wrong way at every paper of that type for a very long time, and, of their employees, only an idiot would not have already prepared himself to provide for his family when this very predictable day finally came.

There is nothing stopping me from starting my own paper if I think this all is so important, from employing these same familiar faces and restoring the emotional balance and my notion of Memphis journalism from, say, 1986.....nothing except that I don't have several million dollars to pour down that crawdad hole every year. So I just accept that the market and Memphis readers have made their decision: they won't pay the subscription rates necessary to keep 1986 around.

Think hard what you value and how your dollar votes tally. We have "decided" that we want cars built in Mexico, pocket phones made in China, and very tiny airliner seats; there were other options, but we didn't want to pay for them, and they largely went away.

I like parks and smooth roads. We can replace the Appeal for the most part, but how do we make sure we're not too cheap to keep the important things from going away, too?

Posted by Don Back From Texas on 01/12/2017 at 5:01 PM

Re: “Strickland Lays Out Crime Plan in Response to Weekend Shooting Spree

The mayor did a fabulous job of projecting a calm, rational posture of competence.

But it's a facade, a waste of time at best, a self-deluded sham in the least: no government programs can create the the safety desired. It would take more man than has ever held that office to say: we can't protect you from the many of your neighbors who are morally bankrupt or trapped in a chain of poor, ignorant, and pathologically violent generations; the expenditures on police are largely wasteful, and you are best off to look to your own defense.

The answer has always been personal responsibility: a hardened home, tactical readiness, and situational awareness. Or trust to luck and surrender yourself, your family, and the world to the random and the ruthless.

The streets are not the part of Memphis that has ever bothered me; it's the self-delusion and political poses that get my blood up. I'm not moving and giving this town punks or the mayor either one.

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Posted by Don Back From Texas on 06/07/2016 at 11:55 AM

Re: “At Last, Does Cohen Get an Election-Year Pass?

Cohen's got to let the Delta thing go: Delta didn't cut flights so much as the flights cut themselves. No one wanted those flights packed more than Delta did; there just wasn't enough meat on the MEM bone to make it come true. Delta isn't evil just because they didn't cripple their firm trying to pretend that the MEM dream was coming true. It's the same as it was with Harvester, Ford, Firestone: no one can hide from market realities. We landed International Paper's headquarters decades ago, but it's a dwindling business: mills close every day; that's the roller-coaster; things come and they go; some work, some work for a while, and they all go away sooner or later.

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Posted by Don Back From Texas on 04/06/2016 at 10:17 AM

Re: “Elephants, Newhart, and Powder Cake!

Everyone knows that William Sanderson was from Memphis and holds a JD from Tiger High?

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Posted by Don Back From Texas on 02/04/2016 at 12:10 PM

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