- Greg Cravens
About Joe Boone's music feature, "Venerable Studio Changes Hands" ...
What did they do with the hundreds of pictures of Sai Baba that were hanging everywhere?
About Steve Steffans' Viewpoint, "Southern Democrats: Down, Not Dead" ...
I'm going to get this article tattooed to my forehead so I don't have to keep saying this over and over again when I talk to any Tennessee Democrat who isn't from Memphis.
About Bruce VanWyngarden's letter from the editor, "Good Cop. Bad Cop" ...
I've been an advocate of a constitutional ban on union representation for public employees for quite a while.
But I have to admit, if I were a police officer and had heard and read all of the idiots and their mindless followers blaming "economic inequality" as the root cause for the recent highly publicized police incidents, I'd probably want a good union steward, too.
Your call for police departments to "man up and acknowledge their bad apples" is one of the best positioned arguments on the issue I have read. Unfortunately, this posture of "protect your own no matter what" permeates so many organized labor organizations, to the detriment of the reputation of the organization overall. From teachers to bus drivers to NFL players, the representing labor organizations seem to go out of their way to protect even the most obviously unqualified or, at times, criminally inclined members at the expense of the reputation and good work of its majority.
There are bad people in every profession. If others in those professions would acknowledge that and help clean house, it would benefit everyone — fellow professionals and the customers of those professions alike.
I'm still wondering why no one is talking about the fact that Ohio has an Open Carry law. In fact, the city of Cleveland's ban on open carry was overturned by the Republican legislature — something the NRA praised. And before you say, "Well, kids are not covered by open carry!" Remember that the officers after the shooting called in: "Shots fired. Male down. Black male, maybe 20."
About Wendi C. Thomas' column, "The Roots of Protest" ...
It appears Obama and the Democrats are going to fix the black unemployment problem by opening the borders to millions more illegals and giving amnesty to those already here. I'll admit I don't understand how flooding the job market with an unending supply of cheap labor is going to help African Americans get jobs, but I'm sure all of the black Democratic politicians have it figured out because none of them are complaining.
Every Republican and Democratic administration in the past 30-plus years has refused to enforce the laws that would have fined employers of illegals thousands of dollars per hire. That simple upholding of their sworn duty would have saved those jobs that big business couldn't export via the myriad of free-trade agreements. It ain't a Democrat vs. Republican thing.
The prospect of low-cost labor has been very appealing to both Republicans and Democrats alike. And the lack of any sort of sustained protest from the general public who enjoyed those lower priced goods produced by that cheap labor was also a factor. Call it the Walmart Factor. There are many who scream about what they consider Walmart's "slave" wages, but they also enjoy the low prices, so they really don't complain too much.
I can agree that public investment in Graceland is nonsense, but what other economic development plans are on the table for Whitehaven? Southbrook Mall? That is even more nonsensical by a large margin.
If it's all going to boil down to race for everything that occurs, then the point that the money is being spent in Whitehaven rather than downtown or in East Memphis should amount to something. But it is conveniently forgotten in this column.