Discussions among friends about issues of public policy and other societal issues.
Part 2: A $15/hour Minimum Wage?
PART 2: The conversation which began focused on minimum wage issues continued, with the discussion becoming much broader in scope including is the public thoughtfully engaged in important issues, is the public library serving to promote well read and well informed citizens, what is the role of the Internet in research and information, and much […]
A $15/hour Minimum Wage?
PART 1: Whether to raise the minimum wage required by law in the USA has, once again, become a topic of controversy with a number of employees of fast food restaurants staging protests demanding a $15 an hour minimum wage. One such worker wrote to The Commercial Appeal to outline her reasons she thought the […]
Revolting Civic Culture? Major Tax Hike in 2016?
Will there be a very large property tax increase in Memphis in 2016? That’s the question that kicked off this edition of A Memphis Conversation. Some city council members have predicted that possibility for the year after city elections primarily because of the contributions the city will be required to make toward pensions for retired […]
Shouldn’t a Cold War be a Hot Topic?
A new cold war? Who decides? A Memphis Conversation ventures to national and world issues in this discussion of U.S. foreign policy. With tensions between nations seemingly growing with conflicts in various locations, we talk about the Constitutional provision for the declaration of war, the War Powers Act of 1973, whether our institutions designated to […]
To pass the culture along, or not?
The Culture A few months ago a magazine asked the question if, outside of the sciences and technology, have our achievements improved over those of our grandparents’ era? Inspired by that question, the conversationalists discuss the state of the American (U.S.A.) culture and if it is one we would want to inculcate in our children […]
Desirable Qualities for Local Leadership
What attributes should those seeking local public office have? That is the primary question being discussed in this Memphis conversation. While there may be many, this conversation focused on a couple of overriding qualities. The decision for the City of Memphis to further involve itself in the AAA minor league baseball franchise and its Redbirds […]