cover letter samples for graduate jobs
office junior cover letter no experience
creative writing for journeys
how to write application letter for college
electronic cover letter salutation
case study examples information technology
buy e stamp paper online delhi
research report indesign template
cover letter samples youth worker
critical thinking conceptual clarification and its importance in science education
essay on internet in hindi wikipedia
essay writing school picnic
writing report card comments for esl students
buy cheap paper flowers
leave application letter for going native place
short essay on summer vacation for kids in hindi
essays in marathi for school level
literature review for knowledge management
quotes in a research paper mla format
application letter for government position philippines
application letter in the philippines government
business plan pro 11.0 premier edition free download
essay 200 words sample
literature review 4ps
literature review on domestic violence against children
sample personal statement for undergraduate university admission
sample personal statement for graduate school in accounting
narrative essay experience is the best teacher
scdl assignments for sales and distribution management
cover letter sample marketing manager
writing research papers a complete guide 14th edition download
cover letter hospitality staff
cover letter for resume waiter
essay for 8th class
my best friend essay for class 10
application letter bahasa indonesia
essay scholarship mara
themed writing paper for kids
school violence research paper thesis
assignments help india
literature review smart grid cyber security
a case study in cell structure and function
cover letter biology postdoc application
online essays in hindi language
counseling psychology admission essay
argumentative essay topics college students easy
cover letter customer support engineer
research paper topics ballet
letter to college director format
essay on my best friend in hindi
descriptive essay my best friend
request letter format to bank for loan
creative writing prompts personal narrative
bank teller resume cover letter template
creative writing exercises junior high
help me find out essays in marathi
assignment help india
beauty of nature essay in hindi
english essay form 5
essay writing format ielts
essay writing course online
cover letter for goldman sachs associate
muet writing essay example question 2
uc berkeley essay prompt 2013
creative writing examples year 11
phd letter of application sample
cover letter car dealership receptionist
freelance academic writing jobs in pakistan
job application letter format for mechanical engineers
case study 12-2 the brain behind the big bad burger
critical thinking logic propaganda
software engineering case study library management system
cover letter for zara
write a letter of reference for yourself
best buy canada cover letter
writing a good personal statement job application
kaplan critical thinking test
admission letter university sample
long essay about myself
sample personal statement for transitional year residency
essay writing form 2
valparaiso university personal statement
isb essays 2013 pagalguy
university of chicago essays that worked
english literature example essays gcse
customer service essay introduction
good essay topics hunger games
chemistry extended essay topic ideas
how to write an ap language analysis essay
fsu creative writing club
case study child labour in pakistan
where to buy paperself eyelashes
service learning reflection paper sample
application letter for address change in bank
zara case study procurement and outsourcing strategies
case studies people narcissistic personality disorder
cover letter for undergraduate nursing student
case study house pierre koenig
bank teller supervisor cover letter sample
competency dictionary critical thinking
thesis statement research paper sample
essay on my family doctor
reflective essay leadership nursing
case study 3 1 the demand for big macs
peace corps admission essay 1
research papers on domestic violence against women in india
buy college essay papers
definition essay transition words
air pollution essay kids
sample application letter for volunteer nurse in the philippines
research paper on nature vs nurture
critical thinking for college students by jon stratton
thesis proposal in the area of computational sciences
essay 300 words free
essay titles for lady macbeth
500 words essay on lokpal bill
essay on true love never dies
a critical thinking disposition scale for nurses short form
margins personal statement law school
free sat essay examples
art history research paper thesis example
where to buy scrapbook paper online
literature review example short
how to write a narrative speech about yourself
persuasive essay topics for high school students
essay voyage michael clay thompson
how to write an essay about myself pdf
cover letter for sales assistant yahoo
academic essay title generator
case study situational leadership model
buy cheap tissue paper online
cover letter sample veterinarian
cover letter after long unemployment
creative writing four genres in brief download
graphic design trainee cover letter
narrative essay moving to america
entry level nursing cover letter sample
essay titles for vietnam war
literature review for journal article
cover letter for internship logistics
how to write a biology lab report results
how to write a psychological case study analysis
components of literature review
custom photo paper placemats
buy paper ee savings bonds
i hate writing essays about myself
uksca case study presentation
pharmacy transfer personal statement
personal statements for medical school applications
music essay jyj review
case study chad evermore
writing prompts for high school students expository
how long should personal statement for law school be
personal statement online dating
freelance academic writers wanted
analytical essay intro example
how to write an essay introduction paragraph example
cover letter examples zookeeper
mla citation song of myself
letter of intent employment sample
critical thinking in psychology ruscio pdf
lined essay paper printable
content writing services australia
kitchen design cover letter sample
critical thinking in psychology by john ruscio
reflective essay examples nursing
what to write for college essay common application
book report for when you reach me
college scholarship essay format examples
sample application letter for high school admission
do you write lab reports in past tense
do you write a lab report in present or past tense
annotated bibliography servant leadership
essay on my family in english
annotated bibliography apa nursing
essay on time travel to the past
case study using narrative therapy
teaching critical amp analytical thinking in high school biology
annotated bibliography worksheet high school
sample of annotated bibliography apa style 6th edition
is the case study daybed comfortable
mfa graphic design thesis proposal
good english essays spm
top english essay spm
application letter for fresh graduate commerce
definition of literature review by different authors
good math research paper topics
research paper topics for nursing students
someone to do my spanish homework
good argumentative essay topics for college
university of toronto writing centre literature review
cover letter future job openings
cover letter for entry level database administrator
abnormal psychology research paper rubric
report writing for correctional officers
argumentative essay laminated reference guide
cover letter for lead generation
case study of jeffrey dahmer
social work personal statement conclusion
free compare and contrast essay for college

On The Election Forum

 

The Daily News moderated a city council candidates forum this week for the Downtown Neighborhood Association.

Downtown was split in the recent redistricting of the council earlier this year. The area south of Poplar Avenue was moved to council District 6 and the area north of Poplar including Uptown remains in council District 7.

Seven of the 14 contenders for district 7 made the forum. Three of the four contenders for district 6 were there.

I asked how the candidates if elected would respond when the next city budget season rolls around in the spring and another council member proposes making this year’s 18 cent “one time only” property tax hike a permanent part of the city property tax rate.

Most on the panel said they would not favor extending the tax hike, but also said the city may very well need more revenue which it would have to get from somewhere other than the property tax rate. A few said they would have to know where the revenue from the 18 cents would go if it was renewed and made part of the property tax rate.

Several pushed a payroll tax but with the distinction that the tax should not apply to those who work in Memphis and live in Memphis – only to those who work in Memphis and live outside of Memphis or the state. There have been numerous legal opinions over the years concluding that such a distinction would not be legal.

The biggest disagreement and the best discussion, in my opinion, came as the candidates talked about the recent U.S. Census numbers that show the Memphis area has the highest poverty rate of any metropolitan area in the country.

District 7 contenders Raymond Bursi and Kemba Ford talked bluntly about their belief that the Memphis City School system was failing its students and not preparing them to compete in the workplace. It brought an equally blunt response from Rhoda Stigall and Clara Ford, candidates in the District 6 race and educators who have worked in the MCS system. They defended the school system and said it was unfair to put that much of the blame on teachers. They also pointed out that many of the other candidates were also MCS graduates who turned out pretty well.

Another dominant theme was the belief that the city of Memphis should do more of its business with Memphians.

Equally interesting were the life stories about what brought these candidates to the point of deciding to run for office. Campaigns are a mix of constant introductions to voters and opinions about what should happen. Both are valid topics for voters to consider.

Our politics gets some deserved criticism for being too much about personality and name recognition. But knowing where a candidate comes from can help voters get to the next step, which is how the candidates feel about a particular issue or what they would do if elected or re-elected. A balanced mix of the two elements is where voters can feel like they are taking less of a chance in weighing what one stranger promises to do versus what another stranger promises to do.

The forums are probably not the best use of time for campaign strategists who want their candidate blitzing toward the end of the early voting period – making contact with as many potential voters as possible. Those voters sometimes see the forums as a place for candidates to perform a well honed tap dance that delivers the message the candidates want regardless of what the questions are.

Some candidates get angry when they show up at a forum that features more candidates than uncommitted voters. Some uncommitted voters get frustrated when a large group of candidates show up and they don’t recognize any of them.

Having noted that, the DNA forum was an interesting discussion among a group of ten candidates across the district boundaries.

I cover more of these forums than I moderate. And it can be a perilous assignment because each candidate is watching to make sure their rivals don’t get an unfair advantage – a few more seconds to speak, always being called on first or last to answer a question.

What I found was that the candidates, this time around, really got drawn into the discussion. They were listening to one another for more than mistakes or points of attack to use in future encounters.

 

 

Comments

  1. Wintermute says:

    Bill, here, where there is no marginal cost for more copy, I would like to have seen the names of the people who showed up to be examined, the ones so ignorant of the Constitution as to want a discriminatory payroll tax, and the number of voters in the audience for this thing.

    On the failing school thing, you can’t make silk purses out of sows’ ears. Even though there is reasearch showing that being around a high IQ person improves the IQ of the protegé, we don’t have much of that going for us in our local schools, and even if we did, the improvement is not up to the level of the higher IQ person.

Dansette

google