Archive for November, 2016

by (RSS) Uncategorized | November 28th, 2016 12:07am CST | 1 Comment

                The presidential campaign damaged a number of American institutions and chief among them was the traditional news media. We’re not talking about the media’s unpopularity because that’s nothing new.  News reporters have been in the bottom rungs of most respected jobs for decades. It’s been obvious for […]

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by (RSS) Cartoons | November 23rd, 2016 5:53pm CST | 1 Comment

    Bill Day’s most recent cartoon.             From our first blog post in early 2005, we’ve written about the battle for talent and how some cities are winners and some cities are losers. While we often think of twenty and thirty-somethings when we talk about talent, it also can […]

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by (RSS) City of Memphis Government, Civil Rights | November 21st, 2016 12:30am CST | No Comments

          We were wrong in our concern about the slippery slope of policies created by President-elect Donald Trump. It’s more of an avalanche. Already, there is talk about religious registries, use of torture in violation of the war crimes pacts, reversal of civil rights protections, stop and frisk in African American […]

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by (RSS) Trends and Issues | November 17th, 2016 12:22am CST | No Comments

                    8,000 – Children Under 6 years with no parents in labor force – 13% 82,000 – Children in low-income households with High Housing Cost Burden – 72% 3,000 – Teenagers 16 to 19 years old not attending school or working – 10% 28,000 – Children […]

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by (RSS) Livability, Parks and Greening | November 15th, 2016 12:18am CST | No Comments

Almost a century ago, Shelby County Government started buying up land “out in the country” for the working prison farm envisioned by Memphis political boss, E.H. Crump. That began a journey in 1918 that against all odds culminated in the opening of Shelby Farms Park. Ultimately, Boss Crump’s idea became a self-contained, self-sufficient prison, nationally […]

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by (RSS) Leadership, Politics and Government | November 11th, 2016 12:46am CST | 16 Comments

                  It is inconceivable that the president of the United States could be someone my granddaughters cannot respect. But that is precisely where we will be January 20. That is why all the platitudes about uniting to support the new president, about the American example of presidential […]

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by (RSS) Education, Shelby County government | November 10th, 2016 12:53am CST | No Comments

This post is written by Jimmie Covington, veteran Memphis reporter with lengthy experience covering governmental, school, and demographic issues. He is a contributing writer with The Best Times, a monthly news magazine for active people 50 and older, where this article first appeared. By Jimmie Covington Since at least 2007, county government officials have been holding back […]

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by (RSS) Criminal Justice | November 4th, 2016 12:24am CST | 3 Comments

It’s nothing short of amazing that the Federal Bureau of Investigation has successfully fooled so many people into believing that is apolitical and too pure to ever be tempted to intervene in partisan politics. The clumsy letter-writing and intrusion into the presidential campaign by FBI director James Comey were reminders that no other federal agency […]

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by (RSS) Civil Rights | November 2nd, 2016 12:55am CST | 1 Comment

The long-awaited film about the Memphis Invaders was shown last night, and anyone alive in Memphis in 1968 remembers the impact that they had during the civil rights movement that culminated in Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. coming to Memphis in support of sanitation workers.  The following post was published March 30, 2008:     […]

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