Category: City Council

Where are we going?

Tupelo has floundered for years. The leadership has blinders on making them look at a narrow path. Few want to learn new ways of doing things or new ideas that conflict old ideas.Life is short and we are losing our best creative youth to other places because of the strike held beliefs of the leaders. What can be done to change for a better quality of life?

“While ISPs are struggling to bring 25 Mbps Internet to customers, the Electric Power Board of Chattanooga, a publicly owned utility, is bringing 10-gigabit internet to its customers. If they can have it, why can’t we?”

Is Government Qualified to Regulate Education?

Charter school “authorizers” are charged with making sure schools can be trusted with kids and with public money. Problem is, many lack the tools to do the job.
http://www.propublica.org/article/inside-the-wild-world-of-charter-regulation

The Academy for Life Long Learning

The Academy for Life Long Learning
Tupelo, MS
I propose that the Education Task Force for life-long learning initiate and support a program open to the community so that we may provide learning opportunities exclusive of those found in other community resources. With such a program, we may provide services that include classes, presentations, talks, discussions, and demonstrations, all of which may enhance the community well-being, offering an opportunity for teachers, speakers, artists, facilitators, and others who wish to practice their craft to do so. Such a program may enhance and enrich life in Tupelo for all citizens and guests.

The opportunities for social betterment are sometimes limited to overly familiar routines. A program like this shall offer opportunities for people of diverse cultural backgrounds to share common interests and to find a refuge away from the unhealthy habits of daily television watching. With such opportunities, people of various ages may learn joyfully, without monetary pressure and without feeling obligated to have or receive a certificate or a degree. They may participate in dialectical discussion in subjects of interest, as well as pursue artistic endeavors, all with an eye to achieving that wisdom not often enough pursued in school or the work place.

The City of Tupelo has many resources, some of which are underutilized. We can organize and recruit the controlling interests in those resources to provide for their public use. Schools, Churches, public buildings, private buildings, parks, and other facilities, can all be used for places of teaching and learning. We can also use the City web site to replay learning events of interest. Many public announcement publications and media will want to keep the public informed on these non-profit events.

No doubt that we will need some funding and volunteers to continue these types of services. There are many avenues a sub-committee could look into for this aspect, such as donations, perhaps even a voluntary collection like some museums do, memberships with special perks, grants, subscriptions or published materials both in paper and electronically, etc..

I have been a key player in the start of another Institute at Mississippi State University so I know this is feasible and can be done. It will take some time, perhaps a year, if we have all the key players.

This is something I know we can accomplish if the community has the will.

Recycling

Recycling does not work because the supply chain is not local and energy to transport material is greater costs than the efficiency of recycling. In the world of trained worker/consumers we have lost the concept of sustainability. In the quest for money, decisions are made on profit rather than quality of life and a healthy environment. Many of the materials we use today are made because of profit and it does not support long term sustainability. We see it in zoning for example where stores for what we need are not in walking distance. Our work is not in walking distance. This creates waste and pollutes the planet with waste energy and causes the need for more products such as cars.

 

The spin put on by the media is to get people to consume more and then make them feel guilty for not giving free labor to the corporations to recycle their designed disposable products. Everything today is designed to fall apart so you have to buy more. I still have an ax from my grandfather no recycling required. Who has a 100 year old chain saw?

MRAM

A Japan-U.S. alliance is targeting a replacement for DRAM — a longstanding staple of computer hardware.

More than 20 Japanese and US chip-related companies are joining forces to develop mass-production techniques for a next-generation chip technology called magnetoresistive random access memory, or MRAM, according to a report in Nikkei’s Asian Review.

Players in the new research push include Tokyo Electron, Shin-Etsu Chemical, Renesas Electronics, Hitachi, and US memory giant Micron Technology.

The companies “will dispatch a few dozen researchers” to Tohoku University in northern Japan, according to Nikkei. The effort at Tohoku University will be led by professor Tetsuo Endoh. Development will begin in February.

Tupelo is not finding the cutting edge economic solutions that can improve the city. It does not pursue high technology research. It sits back on low wage manufacturing and tourism because the leaders just look at retail sales and sales tax rather than intellectual goals.

Cspire

Why was Tupelo not on the list for Cspire fiber internet. High speed fiber is 30 times faster than Comcast and a requirement for most any high tech industry. The residential customer would not pay more than Comcast but have better service. Is Tupelo Water and Light planning to use its fiber that it is installing, to serve more than just meter readings? Is the city under some deal with Comcast not to bring in competition?

 

What is really the story and reason for the city council to fall on its face on this one?

Some people are saying that the city would not give them the tax breaks because of Comcast and ATT.

Twitter’s new home helps revive a seedy neighborhood

 

For them, it made sense to buy the undervalued Art Deco landmark built in 1937, which had some of the most spacious floor plans in the in the city at a time when office space in the city was tight. Twitter signed a lease until 2021 for 295,000 square feet in the building and could expand that as its workforce grows. 

 

Now 15 other companies, like Spotify, Square and Yammer, emboldened by Twitter’s move and a city tax incentive that largely makes them exempt from city payroll taxes if they relocate to the Mid-Market, have committed to take 1.3 million square feet in the Mid-Market, which the city has renamed Central Market. Apartment towers with 5,500 units are in the works, and arts groups, chefs, retailers and even a venture capitalist firm have taken up residence. 

 

The way to end slums and loss of the middle class is to have opportunities for the creative class and remove bias regulations and government control over business.

 

“People tend to build when they can lease and make money,” 

 

About 18 months ago, tech companies started moving or expanding here to be closer to their employees or entrepreneurs preferring life in a big city rather than in the valley’s suburban sprawl. 

 

After Twitter announced it was moving to the area, the developer scrapped its original plans and tailored the apartments for the tech workers who would be employed nearby. Residents of NEMA, short for New Market, as the development is called, will have amenities like a saltwater pool, landscaped terraces, valet parking and dog-walking services.

“We wanted to participate even more in the renaissance of the area. We wanted to set an example and provide the most creative offerings,”

 

Tech people are not interested in having single family homes to take care of.

 

Tupelo Census

With all the computers and data sets why are we not cross checking data sets? Census needs to be crossed checked with the motor vehicle records of owner tags and driver licenses. The social security address needs to crosscheck as well as tax records bank records and mail records. Many private marketing databases are much better than the public records.

In April, the American Civil Rights Union, a conservative legal group, sued Walthall County, Miss., for having 124 percent more registered voters than voting-age-eligible residents, based on U.S. Census data. The lawsuit was filed under the National Voter Registration Act of 1993, better known as the Motor Voter law, and is the first privately-brought suit to succeed, according to the ACRU.

In the midst of a national debate over voter integrity, a federal court decree is ordering a Mississippi county to purge its voter rolls of dead people, ineligible felons and people who have moved out of a voting area.

Our town is using census numbers for important decisions which I know are not accurate because the construction permits are not reported to the census mail outs. We also have many more registered voters than on the census records.

It Takes a Village

Tupelo has been looking for solutions to attracting more desirable citizens. Most of the dream is based on a fictional middle class family belief. Today’s world is different than Ozzie and Harriet but the American dream is still alive. Move out of the city to the suburbs started with public transportation to the city that offered employment and entertainment. Villages grew around the train stops. Most everything was in walking distance since they did not have many cars then. Homes were close together and people knew all their neighbors. Basic needs were in walking distance and the people knew the shopkeepers.

 

Then came the auto and zoning laws that put residential far from commercial business so you needed a car to get the basics. The suburbs grew farther outside the city and the distances between work and home greater. Soon people spent more time in their cars than with their family and neighbors. Schools started busing and children no longer had neighborhood to play in now everything needed to be done by car.

 

Tupelo could bring back the village but it needs to change zoning and the concept of making decisions on tax income. Local schools in walking distance along with all basic needs in walking distance. Jobs in local residential areas etc. Public transit connecting the groups of villages.

 

It takes a change of mindset and a vision. I think the city leaders do not want a village they want tax money.

Growing Disrespect for Government

The more poor laws that are made the fewer people are obeying them. Humans are far from perfect and tightening the screws only leads to rebellion. Laws that continue to put force on human behavior fail in the long run. Laws to be inspected on travel that invade privacy. Laws to watch with pictures, sound and location such as cell phones, security cameras, computer tracking and recording, traffic surveillance, monitoring work, tax records, education records, licenses, security systems, credit cards, discount cards, surveys, drones, voting records, RFID chips, court records, etc. all take freedom to be private away.

 

A whole industry to circumvent the laws is growing such as radar detectors, surveillance detectors, white noise, hoods, distorting glass, jamming equipment, plastic guns, fake ID, scrambling programs, black market, secrete currency, home made drugs, laser tools, chemicals, etc.

 

We can not make laws that force people not to be human and we can not behave in ways that endanger others and their rights.

Dansette