J Thom 
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Re: “Election Results: Harris, Dean, Blackburn, Lee, Bredesen, Kustoff, Cohen Win

Speaking objectively, Lenoir came across as a bit too preppy, perhaps stemming from his days as a college football player at Bama. Interesting coverage of his former issues with abuse covered in the CA back in mid-July. Lenoir just didn't seem that relatable. I myself would have willingly voted for Luttrell, but have strong reservations aligning with the Lenoir side.

That said, I believe conservatives and liberals alike could take solace in that Lee Harris has now knocked off two members of the infamous Ford family, and a Sidney Chism. That alone is a massive cleaning up of the local political scene. Since his defeat to Cohen in a crowded 2006 US Rep. primary race, Harris has generally only run in races where and when he has a good chance of winning, and has thereby established his reputation as a candidate that can win. That will bode well for his future, as it's evident he does hope to continue growing in the political scene.

It is good to see perennial anti-City-of-Memphis candidate Tom Leatherwood finally lose. Hopefully, he will retire from his career-political life. I never understood why so many in the county ever voted for him. Politicians at the local level who are anti-City-of-Memphis need to generally be weeded out from local seats. They are a cancer.

Going back to the unrelatable perspective, like Leatherwood, Lenoir, and Terry Roland, that is a problem Marsha Blackburn will certainly face. She's just way too snooty and I can see many Republicans having a hard time voting for her, even the far-right wing aligned ones.

Should be an interesting fall!

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Posted by J Thom on 08/03/2018 at 9:55 AM

Re: “Strickland Proposes De-Annexation of Two East Memphis Areas

ALJ2, what promised services? (Excluding delayed trash pickup which were responsibilities of the vendor Inland Waste who's contract is being rebid this fall)

Just curious, why have the other area municipalities (Collierville, Germantown, Arlington) annexed in the past against the will of those residents? Pretty sure if Memphis hadn't annexed the Eads area, Arlington would have already annexed every part of South Cordova all the way to the Germantown limits.

Not sure what you think my reference was to the "shoot themselves in the foot" comment. I'm pretty sure you're aware it was different leadership in Memphis that annexed these areas. As they're trying to right the ship now, deannexation leaders needs to work with Memphis whether you like it or not, or the jobs that pay salaries for these $500k homes in unincorporated Shelby County will leave Memphis because they're sick of snotty suburbanites trying to hurt the city that provides the resources they need to operate and provide good jobs in the area.

And for full disclosure, I live in a home I own in unincorporated Shelby County.

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Posted by J Thom on 07/10/2018 at 7:35 AM

Re: “Strickland Proposes De-Annexation of Two East Memphis Areas

I never will understand the % of people who knowingly purchased homes in Memphis-reserve land at a day/time when Memphis was frequently annexing and could do so only by ordinance, and then these people act "shocked" when they get annexed.

I don't think crime or issues in the Memphis area will go away simply by being just outside the city limits from a technical perspective vs. inside the limits previously. You'll save on city taxes and then have to schedule your own trash pick-up, but it is critical for the city to have a solid plan and for deannexation leaders to demonstrate the ability to work with Memphis city government, as the majority of jobs that keep property values high in unincorporated Shelby County are located within Memphis (eg. FedEx, AutoZone, International Papers, all of whom are headquartered in Memphis limits and knowingly so when they were built, as they want Memphis city services).

If Memphis shoots itself in the foot (which won't happen) and deannexes everything without a plan, becomes financially insolvent and declares bankruptcy, I'm sure the business community who provides jobs in the area will take notice. When jobs leave, property values plummet and I guarantee unincorporated Memphis would then see a much greater decline in property value equity than the amount paid now in taxes.

We need a plan, but a responsible plan, and I'm sick of suburb and Memphis leaders working against each other. We need leaders to work together to be effective in Cordova and everywhere in this community!

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Posted by J Thom on 07/09/2018 at 12:53 PM

Re: “Memphians Respond to State Punishment Over Statues

It is not conservative to childishly bully a town by budgetary measures in response to statue removal that conservatives, liberals, and all unashamed people of society wanted removed in the first place. It is petty and harmful to the Republican party on a national scale.

Conservatives have historically stood for small gov't intervention and control, which was an angle I could get behind and support. But now, at least in TN I'm not sure what they are. I don't know who to support in either party, but real conservatives sure aren't present in most of the TN House seats. Just a bunch of small-town dummies.

Conservatives nationally would've rejected this legislative piece of filth in a heartbeat. Only in Tennessee...

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Posted by J Thom on 04/18/2018 at 12:58 PM

Re: “Weekend Review: Focus on Willie Herenton, Phil Bredesen, and Bob Corker

How exactly did Herenton not prepare a proper successor when he himself was the biggest failure in the City Mayor's office since the city regained it's charter in the 1800's?

Herenton may have been a good mayor with decent ideas in the 90's, to which I owe him credit, but since then he became an arrogant snob. When he mentioned that there was a conspiracy at MLGW to get rid of Joseph Lee, it was fairly obvious to anyone with a brain and an objective mind he'd lost it.

Whether or not you think A.C. Wharton was a failure, and that Myron Lowery, Herman Morris, or Carol Chumney would've been failures, be it known Herenton was worse than any of them.

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Posted by J Thom on 04/17/2018 at 1:46 PM

Re: “2018 Memphis Tigers football schedule

I have to think it's getting harder for Bowen/Norvell to find P5 non-conference opponents that want to play Memphis right now, but Memphis football is playing on a level we should be scheduling at least 2, maybe even 3 P5 non-conference opponents each season to help compete for a CFP spot should we win-out. That should be our goal now, as it will also bring 50k fans to those which are home games, and will make our team stronger and playing on more of a P5 level.

If our goal is truly to be in a Power Conference, we have to prep like we're in a Power Conference. When the results speak for themselves, then the talk will turn to reality, but we've got to get there first! It takes a vision!

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Posted by J Thom on 02/14/2018 at 8:42 AM

Re: “Sale of Parks Under Comptroller Review

Larry, I come from Confederate ancestry as well, and like many from southern heritage I felt it was best to take the statues down. They were unwanted in these locations. Be assured (much as you seem to think otherwise) it does not erase the content of a history book, or the authenticity of a museum dedicated to provide this historical content. Have you, with your enthusiasm for historical education, taken advantage of these find opportunities to walk through various Civil War museums to read and study the history shared within such walls? I'm glad to say I have!

What are your thoughts of putting an Al Sharpton statue in a small, redneck village? Or perhaps your hometown, right across the street from your house? And then have the state mandate the statue a historical monument that is illegal to remove? Would you not be offended after 50 years of staring at it daily? Would you, even if offended, not desire it to at least be relocated somewhere else, where those people can appreciate what they want from it, and you don't have to deal with it?

I'm neither a fan of Sharpton, or Forrest, and always try to take an objective, respectful view of all sides of recent controversial issues, even with regard to political alignment. Looking at this objectively, it just makes sense you allow the city to move the statues where they are unappreciated, and those who want them can take up that battle.

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Posted by J Thom on 02/07/2018 at 1:49 PM

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