Dear Mr. Jackson Baker
I have always liked reading the Memphis Flyer until I just read "Candidate Chumney's Conundrum". The Oxford American Dictionary defines conundrum: 1 a riddle, esp, one with a pun in its answer. 2 a hard or puzzling question.. Mr Jackson I do not know how you could call what happened on July 4, 2009 on Riverside Dr and Beale Street a Riddle or a Puzzing Question. I saw exactly what happened when over 100 teenagers ran down Beale street onto Riverside Dr towards Tom Lee Park shooting Roman Candles into the crowd. I stood there in disbelief when two young men stood in front of the crowd and shot from a homemade object fireworks into the crowd. In fact, a mother and her two children almost go hit by a fircracker. She became afraid and left. This event happened aleast four times, the group was yelling 3rd Ward and waving a flag. At one point one of the young men came up to me and starting yelling vulgarity at me. I only witnessed one police officer on a Moped at least 30 minutes after, when things were going out of control. As I left, forget the fireworks, I also saw the large group of teenagers throwing fireworks onto and under cars.
Mr Jackson, I could go on about the Red White & Blues 4th of July celebration downtown, but I honestly feel you are hop, skip, and jump away from what really happened. I am not saying this to you to be mean to you and would suggest you do a poll to the many thousands of people there that night and see how they respond. A senior editor such as your self owes it to Carol Chumney.
By Richard Alley
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