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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This Reading Life: Reader recommendations
Aug01

This Reading Life: Reader recommendations

My name is Corey and I read fiction. I have been putting my email address at the end of my columns, here in our lovely community newsletter, asking anyone to talk to me (I’m so lonely!). It was most gratifying this month to get a response to the column from someone who genuinely wanted to talk books and writers, a kind soul named Robert Humphreys. He said this nice thing: “Thanks for bringing something fresh to the paper. I found...

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Corey Mesler: Life’s too short to read bad books
Jun27

Corey Mesler: Life’s too short to read bad books

My name is Corey and I am a reader of fiction. In my previous column here I invited a conversation about books, about what you’re reading and why. About why we pick the books we do when, in picking one, we are excluding multitudes of others. Every choice means opting out of a million “other paths.” Which leads me to agree with Borges: heaven must be an endless library. And this: I own more books than I have time left to read. This is...

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When politicians control schools, be careful what you wish for

By Dr. D. Jackson Maxwell For the first time in more than 140 years, all the reins of government in Tennessee are controlled by a single party. The Republicans control both houses of the legislature and the governorship. Beyond this, they have a super majority in both houses of the legislature that renders Democratic opposition virtually moot. In this reality, Tennessee state government has put Memphis and Shelby County in their...

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