Things seem to have quieted down a bit since the Tuesday’s kerfuffle. This is a good thing. There’s a lot to do, and while all the attention was nice, it couldn’t have come at a more difficult time. I ready to settle back into my routine of working and writing. And even though I haven’t been doing the latter that much as of late, I promise that I’ll get back on task.
There are a lot of people to thank right now, more than I can really do justice, but I’ll give it a try. To all the commenters, well wishers, and random people that have shown support I want to say thank you. Your support over the past few days has been awesome. To LWC, Newscoma, Mike, Tom, Christian, and Betsy I say thank you for the support, and for shining a light on the core issue…that in America, speech may be free, but in often there’s a heavy price to pay for that freedom. As Bill Dries reported for the Memphis Daily News, I’m the second blogger in recent weeks to be denied an appointment to a board or commission because of blogging. I doubt I’ll be the last.
Here in Memphis, there’s so much to be done and so many things in flux that it just about boggles the mind. The Charter Commission is just one of many things, and while I’ll not be serving, I will be covering it, just like I promised the other night. There’s also The MED, the schools, the crime, the poverty and infant mortality, and a whole host of other issues that really just boggle the mind. We’ve got a lot of work to do here, and I intend to be a part of finding a solution for Memphis.
It’s going to be a heavy lift, but we have to do it. Over the coming weeks I’ll be talking about these things and more. They’re not sexy topics necessarily, but they need to be addressed if Memphis and the surrounding area is to recover from not only the short term problems we face, but the generational issues that have gone largely untouched for far too long.