Consolidation is once again a hot topic in Memphis and Shelby County following Memphis Mayor Willie W. Herenton’s latest call for merging city and county governments.

No community in the U.S. has talked more about consolidation as ours – for 35 years no less – and no issue is clouded by as much misinformation and confusion. That’s why no community is more in need of the calm civic conversation that this issue deserves.

This week, we hope to do our part, and we begin today. We’ll be concentrating on the subject of consolidation all week, and we hope you’ll join in.