Every year I'm convinced it is impossible for Councilman Myron Lowery's New Year's Prayer Breakfast to get any better and every time I'm proven wrong. This year was no exception. With standing room only the ballroom was packed with hundreds of Memphians who had gathered to ring in 2009 with blessings and songs. No one was disappointed.
Keynote speaker, Congressman Steve Cohen was at his best. With acknowledgment of a difficult 2008, he appropriately made note that this was the combination of eight years of a failed Bush Administration. With promise of brighter times Cohen emphasis the importance of the democratically controlled House and Senate working side-by-side with President Obama. With a sense of zeal and compassion the Congressman stated, “I know what my district needs.” He committed to working to improve education, highway infrastructure, and by no later than 2017 a National Health Care System for the country.
In a moment of candor Councilman Lowery let it be known what his focus will be in 2009, “The Council has lacked the courage to make the hard decisions on consolidation,” he said. He and Shelby County Board of Commissioners Chairwoman Deidre Malone are heading a newly formed joint commission on consolidation. Yours truly has been asked to sit on this commission and I look forward to helping to address an issue that can no longer be ignored.
Myron Lowery has become a respected statesman for this City. He exemplifies the grace, dignity and commitment that is respected by all. The New Year’s Prayer Breakfast is a reflection of what happens when we have good leadership.
Happy New Year!