Letters to the Editor
Thanks to Us?
To the Editor:
I would like to thank The Memphis Flyer for its ability to create
an empty story and issue like the value and possible sale of MLGW.
While you did not recommend outright selling the utility property,
you created an unneeded interest in the subject so that our dear
ole Mayor Herenton can now hire a friend for $150,000 for an investigation
into the possibilities of such an action. Other cities such as
San Antonio have already done studies into the matter and have
found that such a move would be unprofitable for both the taxpayers
of the city and to the city itself.
Thank you on behalf of all taxpayers in the Memphis area for your
effort to publish such useless information and costing us $150,000.
Maybe The Memphis Flyer should look into the matter of selling
itself instead of creating issues that cost all Memphians and
allow Willie to bankroll one more friend.
(Editors Note: We did not create the story. In fact, Mayor Herenton had spoken
to both consultant Ratan Lee and Morgan Keegan months before we
found out about it. Maybe it seems like we instigated the story
because we were the first to report it.)
Where Credit is Due
To the Editor:
Regarding your review of John Tigretts book Fair and Square [January
8th issue], I, too, thought many of the stories to be charming
and inspiring, although lacking in the sharing of deep insight
I had hoped for. Notwithstanding, Chapter 13, page 252 boldly
presents a couple of glaring errors not mitigated by Tigretts
coy attempt at providing a blanket disclaimer for his literary
Davidson Bartletts article suggesting that this city build a
pyramid-shaped sports and entertainment arena was printed on The
Commercial Appeal editorial page on January 18, 1985. Bartlett
pointed out that such a project would become a marketing icon
for the city. In December 1985, after almost a year of going it
alone, Dave joined forces with Brent Hartz for a full-time attempt
to sell the idea and find financing. Together they made dozens
of public and private presentations of the pyramid-as-an-arena
concept. After one such encounter, Rodney Baber was so kind as
to arrange the meeting with Tigrett which is described so dismissively
by him in the book.
The smoothness and sophistication of their presentation may not
have been up to the rarefied international standards to which
Tigrett had become accustomed, but it accomplished its purpose,
didnt it? It roped in Mr. Tigrett.
Im not saying it was Tigretts obligation to mention the names
of the two young men who came to him with stars in their eyes
seeking financial guidance, but it was small and ungenerous of
him to take full credit for the concept.
Bluntly, credit for the concept is all my son ended up with. Why
steal that from him?
Donna D. Bartlett
To the Editor:
The Fly on the Wall column in the January 8th issue pokes a
little fun at the CA for giving so much coverage to the story
about the capture and subsequent adoption of the dog named Lucky.
Your column points out that the CA ran five articles about this
dog from December 24th through January 3rd. I wonder how many
dogs and cats were destroyed at the Memphis Animal Shelter in
that time period simply because they were unwanted and their three
working days were up at the shelter. Now thats a story that might
deserve a little coverage.
On Liberals and Conservatives
To the Editor:
In last weeks Viewpoint column (A Redneck Solicits), self-proclaimed
right-wing, Republican, politically incorrect redneck Arnold
Weiner argues that African Americans have more in common with
him and his fellow right-wing Republicans than they do with liberal
elitists. I fail to see his logic. Why would any African-American
want to support the party of white racists like Jesse Helms, Pat
Buchanan, and former KKK member David Duke?
I have a different viewpoint on the recent, and late, Republican
attempt to reach out to African-American voters. The reason why
the majority of African Americans support the more liberal Democratic
candidates is that the Republican Party built its new Southern
majority by pitting Southern whites against blacks in opposing
desegregation and much of the civil-rights movement in the 1960s.
Pitting oppressed groups against one another has been a long-standing
(and successful) strategy of conservative elites to diffuse the
masses and protect the interests of the wealthy elite who own
and control this country. They have used this divide-and-conquer
strategy to weaken labor organizing by pitting white workers against
ethnic and racial minority groups, and now they are trying to
win African-American support by pitting them against gays and
lesbians and elitist liberals.
What the conservative elites fear most is a movement of blacks
and whites, males and females, working-class and poor, gay and
straight, all united against the tyranny of an elite ruling class
which exploits labor and racial antagonism, sexism and homophobia
to maintain its rule over the people of this country.
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