LETTERS TO THE EDITOR 

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To the Editor:

Letters from Marina Best and Herbert E. Kook Jr. last week (December 9th issue) got my attention. Best criticized Carol Chumney, but she should know that there are many people in this city who are thankful that Chumney is on the City Council. She has been just about the only one to challenge the mayor and other city politicians to be accountable to the people who elected them. She is representing the people when she demands answers for the mayor's continual "flip-flops" on the city budget. If that is considered "whining," then I hope she does even more of it.

Chumney is also the most accessible politician I have ever known. She holds monthly meetings around the city so that people can meet with her and discuss their concerns.

And if Kook is so enamored with the way the Republicans are running our country, I hope he doesn't have any grandchildren. The administration's policies on the environment, the budget, and international "wars of liberation" will saddle them with the largest national debt in the history of this country and cause severe pollution of our air, water, and land.

Sylvia Cox

Memphis

To the Editor:

Kook wrote that he is a Libertarian who usually votes Republican. His comments and suggestions lead me to believe that he has a closer affinity with the "Sore Winners" party.

Maybe if Kook gets his way, he won't have to be troubled by opinions that contradict his majority position, where "dissent" is a four-letter word. He and others of his ilk may regret their smug rejoicing when the Democratic Party becomes totally impotent and we end up with a one-party system.

Joseph A. Wesolowski

Germantown

Kudos

To the Editor:

Kudos for your sensible editorial "Bravo to Cohen" (December 9th issue), praising state senator Steve Cohen for his plans to introduce a medical marijuana law in Tennessee.

Many readers may be unaware that this is the second go-around for medical marijuana in Tennessee. The state, along with over 30 others, passed laws in the 1970s and 1980s establishing controlled-substances therapeutic research programs for patients suffering from glaucoma, cancer chemotherapy, or radiology.

Tennessee's first medical marijuana bill was approved in April 1981 and sadly was repealed in 1992. Polling has shown that most Americans support legal access to marijuana for those in medical need. It's time to get past the fear, lies, and hysteria that are keeping this gentle non-toxic therapy from patients with no other recourse.

Gary Storck

Director of Communications

Is My Medicine Legal Yet?

Madison, Wisconsin

Jesus Eye for

the Queer Guy

To the Editor:

In Aaron Prather's letter (December 9th issue), he cited Jesus' statement "What therefore God did join together, let not man separate" as justification for gay marriage. I am not a Bible expert, but that passage has nothing to do with gay marriage. It was Jesus' response when asked what God's law was pertaining to divorce.

If Prather wants to quote the Bible on homosexuality, I believe he should choose passages that actually pertain to that subject. For example: "Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals ..." (Corinthians 6:9).

I don't condemn individuals who are gay. I have no right to judge another human. Every homosexual person that I have ever met has been totally fabulous. But I do believe that marriage is the holy sanctuary that is meant to be between a man and woman.

Leslie Howard

Memphis

Amendment

To the Editor:

I believe the recent national campaign would have compelled Abraham Lincoln to amend his famous adage thusly: "You can fool enough of the people enough of the time to get elected president of the United States."

Jay Sheffield

Memphis

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