J Thom 
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Re: “Council Resumes Business With Six Members

Originally, I felt Rhonda Logan to be the appropriate choice, given the scenario that clearly neither Morrison, or Fullilove/Ford did the right thing and resign when it could have come to a vote. I hope County voters will remember that, regardless of political party, that none of these should hold public office again for that reason.

Now, learning that Mr. Wilkins supports these clowns, I disagree with nominating Logan and would urge her to have the same respect as Treadaway and drop her name from consideration.

One involved citizen who would be a great candidate is Mauricio Calvo. Other communities than just whites and blacks, are parts of Memphis too and there is no representation for the Hispanic community, or the Latino community, or others. Mr. Calvo would represent the Latino community and add a more diverse presence to the council.

For District 6, just don't nominate Edmund Ford Sr. Preferably, a candidate without a record, and anyone NOT named Ford or Wilkins.

I have no opinion for Super District 8-2.

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Posted by J Thom on 12/11/2018 at 1:56 PM

Re: “Council Members Walk Out on Vote for District 1 Seat

This wouldn't be an issue if the three council members resigned when they were elected to County offices. The greed of the extra paychecks forced the issue where the community themselves don't get to vote for their representative.

I am a Caucasian male. Frankly, I think Ms. Logan is probably the better choice for the fact that she has more ties to the district she would represent, but I still don't agree with the idea of Council members of other districts making the choice, instead of the voters. I like the idea of more business-minded members on the council, which would favor Mr. Treadway, but you can't operate against the standards of the community to achieve that disparity, regardless of the impact it may have on bringing businesses and jobs to the community. Maybe the council can work a deal to vote for Ms. Logan in exchange for voting for a candidate NOT named "Ford" for District 6. That would be a win for all!

"'In a 65 percent African-American city,' Jones said 'there should be at least eight or nine African American council members.'"

I wholeheartedly disagree, because that makes race a factor. You need 13 council members who listen to their constituents, hear their complaints and act in a way that would favor your district. We have a white mayor and US Rep because of that reason, but a majority white area could easily likewise have a black representative if the rep is one that cares about their constituents and community. Stop making race so important in this decision, City Council, that's why the citizens hate you all so much!

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Posted by J Thom on 12/05/2018 at 8:42 AM

Re: “The Council Deadlock

Doesn't matter if it's a white or black council member. It matters that it is a good, effective council member who listens and respects the input of his/her constituents, and doesn't act like an arrogant snob.

Ryan Poe was right in his point that this should have come down to a vote of the members in the district, not the council voting for their preferred choice. Shame on Morrison, Fullilove, and Ford for their personal greed and not resigning earlier when it could have come down to a vote, and shame on those who voted them in county positions. I lost much respect for Morrison for this. Never had much of any respect for Fullilove or Ford.

If we could educate voters, we would have better representatives.

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Posted by J Thom on 11/30/2018 at 8:35 AM

Re: “Allan Wade: Fast Man With a Phrase

Keep it classy, Wade.

Responding to antagonistic dissent with 12-yr old maturity-level insults sure is the way to go...

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Posted by J Thom on 11/02/2018 at 8:58 AM

Re: “Herenton Contends Term-Limits Referendum a “Fraud” Aimed at His Candidacy, Will Sue

I would have recommended a "No" vote on the referendum because extending the term limits from 2 to 3 terms is just bad for all parts of local government. However, realizing it would hurt and smack in the face of King Willie, I might change that to recommend a "Yes" vote.

Guess 5 elected terms and a personal resignation wasn't enough for ya willie boy? Do you really think people still like you?

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Posted by J Thom on 10/18/2018 at 8:55 AM

Re: “Three Predictions for Tiger Football

Referencing poor quality of defense by the sheer stat of points per game is quite inaccurate. They run a much faster-paced offense than in 2011, and even faster than Fuente's years, which keeps the defense on the field longer. Everytime Tony Pollard takes a kick-off to the house, that keeps the offense off the field. The defense will get worn down from the extra time and possessions on the field, as well (which speaks volumes to the depth on defense for this year).

A more accurate, albeit not perfect, metric would be the defenses percentage of stops per possessions compared to 2011 and subsequent years. You would give your readers more reliable information with those statistics.

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Posted by J Thom on 08/28/2018 at 8:46 AM

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

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