Unprecedentedly ugly elections sad signs of political times

By Dr. D. Jackson Maxwell We are living in troubled times is a phrase repeated by every generation. However, the tone of this political season makes the phrase even more apropos this go around. In the past, when opposing parties disagreed there was usually a middle group willing to broker differences to find common ground and a mutually acceptable compromise. Unfortunately, this no longer seems true. Today’s message is that if you are...

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Clash of kissing cousins leads writer’s family to Cooper-Young
Oct22

Clash of kissing cousins leads writer’s family to Cooper-Young

Aaron James is a retired architect turned historian and writer whose family ties to Cooper-Young date back to 1911. For the past two years his research has focused on a soon to be self-published book entitled “America: A Family Perspective.” Over the next several issues, James will be sharing his family’s 100 plus year history in Cooper-Young. To follow James’ research visit facebook.com/AmericaAFamilyPerspective. In the woods just...

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Cooper-Young celebrates gay marriage ruling
Aug12

Cooper-Young celebrates gay marriage ruling

By Ginger Leonard June 26, 2015.  Mercy, that was a day.  A day that started with anticipation of the ruling from the Supreme Court of the United States. A day watching the SCOTUS blog give updates line by line that would have a profound effect on thousands of couples around the country, including several couples here in Shelby County. A day that began with the uncertainty of when and/or if county clerks would even issue licenses. A...

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Vote yes on pre-K sales tax Nov. 21

OPINION Although not mandated by law, attending preschool has become almost a given for those families that can afford a private pre-K program. While a few brave parents may choose to tackle early education on their own, many more seek out a solid program that allows plenty of time for play, to be sure, but that also gives 3- and 4-year olds a head start on learning the academic skills that will prepare them to hit the ground running...

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City should take action on stray dogs roaming Memphis streets

OPINION The Washington Times recently reported that as many as 50,000 stray dogs roam the streets of the now-bankrupt city of Detroit. Often considered our sister city when it comes to such nefarious statistics, Memphis is apparently hell-bent on catching up with this one too. I am personally aware of two of our neighbors, in two separate parts of CY, whose cats were brutally murdered by stray dogs in just the past month. Interviewing...

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Keeping it cool and saving money in the summer

Recently my wife and I made substantial cutbacks to our electric bill — nearly 50 percent from this year’s June and July billing period over last year’s. The cooler weather helped, but still. We’ve been using two methods.First, we moved the bedroom downstairs and turned off the upstairs air conditioning. (An uncooled upstairs can get into the 90s, so be careful what you leave up there.) We run the downstairs temperatures at around 80...

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