Honest Words For The New Year

I wanted to post this comment Councilwoman Wanda Halbert stated on her Facebook page. My prayer is that we all can take heed.

Many people have so many negative things to say about the great City of Memphis and few take the opportunity to brag about its many unique attributes.

As we enter into a new year, let's begin to have open, honest dialog about the positive and negative issues affecting our city and ways we can make it better.

We can sit and wait on elected officials to "do it all", but trust me, those individuals should be the catalyst to help us get started with greatness in ourselves, our families, communities, schools, and government.

We all play a role and if any of us slack on our responsibilities, then we get loss of confidence, dis-functional families, impoverished communities, failing schools, and corrupt/less accountable government.

President Obama once said, "I always believe that ultimately, if people are paying attention, then we get good government and good leadership. And when we get lazy as a democracy and civically start taking shortcuts, then it results in bad government and politics."

It is past time for us to pay attention Memphis (and even those who love the City of Memphis). We have a new mayor with new ideas, a new leadership team, etc. Are those new changes in line with what YOU perceive will help create a better Memphis? Only time will tell but now is the time to commit to a renewed spirit of citizenry with sense of pride and responsibility to make Memphis a GREAT city!



Anonymous said...

Memphis people not talking down the city, please that would be the day.

Mayor Herenton called it baby!!! They all haters!

Anonymous said...

What you have is a barrel of crabs. Especially among blacks. They attack each other and God help you if you are successful they will rip you apart. Wanda comment comes from personal experience you can tell. We can ask for it and pray about it and beg for it but as long as you have low-down people who blame everybody but them self for their problems nothing going to change.

Reginald Milton said...

To 10:55 A.M. and 10:06 P.M.

What the both of you are saying sadly rings true.

Last night I attended a holiday party and became engaged in a conversation with a gentleman on, of all things, Memphis politics.

Regrettable every elected official he didn't care for was an Uncle Tom, and/or bought off, and/or a closet Republican.

These people have a need to vilify anyone they dislike to justify their position. When I pressed him for proof of what he was alleging he had none. They never do.

The reason I’m focusing on this is that I believe such attacks have become an all too common practice that has invaded every corner of our lives. From the tongue wagging gossiping that occurs in our churches to the mean jabs at work people have become more willing to falsely accuse simply to make their point.

To me slander has become the substitute for people who once were free to make derogatory racial, ethnic, or sexist comments. Today these remarks would not be tolerated in polite company, but character assassination seems to be fair game.

We need to openly challenge those who feel it is acceptable to engage in such a despicable act.

That's my opinion, what’s yours?

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Anonymous said...

I agree with you Reginald, that the "us vs. them" mentality has got to stop. It's possibly our biggest drag on Memphis' progress. Although it's up to each of us to help rectify this problem, it's up to our City leaders to set an example. I am afraid that Ms. Halbert is one of those Council members that needs to work a little harder on working with those who have not been in her circle of allies in the future.

CSPAN said...

Reginald you're right but what you needed to say is that when it comes to people here in Memphis qualifications isn't worth spit. In fact the less qualified you are the more you are liked.