My support of a half-cent sales tax increase will give pre-kindergarteners as young as 4 years old an opportunity to acquire the fundamental skills that they need to transition to upper grade levels, college and eventually out into the workforce.
I am a proponent of education and believe all children, regardless of their socioeconomic background, deserve the best education we can provide for them, from pre-school to high school and beyond. Therefore, I'm urging the citizens of Memphis and the unincorporated areas of Shelby County to join me in voting for the countywide sales tax referendum on the Nov. 6 ballot.
During the past year, as my columns have been syndicated to more outlets throughout the world, I have been asked by many leaders in the Republican Party why I am so critical. The short answer is that I am very concerned about the direction my party is taking. It has increasingly become the party of old, white, balding males.
For an election to be fair, America needs champions with the courage to act and the will to lead. Often, these are ordinary people – the folks who register new voters, regardless of their political party, and offer both Democrats and Republicans rides to the polls.
People with this mindset, increasingly, are a rare breed.
It's hard to believe we're only a few weeks away from Thanksgiving again. It's wonderful to be with our family, friends and loved ones to celebrate our blessings and remember how fortunate we are at this present moment.
The holiday seasons bring joy for some and pain for others. But whatever your situation, it's important to celebrate life because when you observe, look and notice, you'll see what difficulties may be happening to some others. Then you will realize how blessed you are today. Remember, there will always be someone who wishes they could trade places with you right now.
How much money is our community willing to invest to improve academic achievement rates and educational outcomes in Shelby County Schools?
As the November 6th presidential and municipal elections draw near, that is one of the questions that local residents will have to considered.
Like many large communities, Shelby County is faced with a rise in bullying and violence among young people under the age of 18. Traditionally, community leaders respond with aggressive multifaceted attacks on juvenile crime that may reduce incidences of crime but fail to address the underlying culture that fosters and sometimes encourages inappropriate/criminal behaviors.