Month: July 2010

Creating A Scapegoat

The Memphis Flyer writes today of the scapegoating of Hispanic citizens under the new Arizona law, which goes into effect at the end of this month. The editorial gives some context into the law. To understand the iron hand that…

Unemployment Pay And Hypocrisy

The question is simple: What’s wrong with getting unemployment pay? Nothing. Not one thing – and thankfully the Senate today squeaked out a bill to continue payments to 2.5 million jobless Americans. The money – $34 billion – will be…

Out of Context=Out of Work

Taken out of context, even the most benign statements can cause a firestorm. Such is the case of Shirley Sherrod, a woman who spent her life helping family farmers keep their farms. In a speech to the NAACP, Sherrod recounted…

Antibiotics in Livestock and You

“You are what you eat”, so the saying goes. Apparently it not only applies to humans, but every living thing out there. For years there have been allegations that the over-use of antibiotics in livestock results in resistant strains of…

Grand Divisions Addresses Misconceptions In Memphis

Michelle Bliss at Grand Divisions addresses the non-discrimination ordinance that Steve Steffens wrote about this morning. As you know, today we brought the NonDiscrimination Ordinance and Resolution before the Memphis City Council with the support of Councilwoman Janice Fullilove. Jonathan…