Regarding last week's cover story on the Memphis Tigers ("Roaring Back?," August 30th issue), I guess not, huh? The "new look" Tigers looked a lot like last year's model, except for perhaps a better defense. Or was it just that the Ole Miss offense stinks? Time will tell, I suppose, but the first game wasn't very promising.
Death Row Dogs
This is in response to the article "Death Row Dogs" (August 30th issue): I agree that killing dogs for losing fights, as Michael Vick did, is a bit drastic, but so is euthanasia of the elderly when they are viewed as "useless" members of society and so are some other seemingly "civilized" events.
What about the Ultimate Fighting Championships and other free-for-all fighting events that are popular with the public? During a Monday Night Football preseason game, the announcers were discussing Vick and how bad he was. Then, when they jumped to a commercial, it was an ad for UFC fighting. I find this ironic and contradictory.
Why is dogfighting viewed as so wrong, yet men can beat each other to a pulp on national television?
Charles Gillihan Bartlett
The GAO Iraq Report
Once again, a report comes due and because it does not fit the president's view of reality, he and his remaining yes men dispute the findings. This time they want a rewrite of the Iraq benchmark report compiled by the Government Accounting Office, which says that the Iraq government has failed to meet 15 of the 18 agreed-upon benchmarks.
Americans are well aware that our troops are doing the job on the ground. Yes, "the surge is working," but it would not have been needed if we had put enough troops in Iraq in the first place. Remember W's grand "coalition of the willing"? The British have removed almost all of their troops, and South Korea is pulling out its remaining 3,600 troops. This not-so-grand coalition was another Bush fantasy.
The letter to the editor from Reginald Gleason (August 30th issue) regarding the Flyer's fake Elvis bio makes me wonder how in the hell this doofus limey managed to make it to Memphis and get himself back home.
Attack on Iran?
Make no mistake: In my studied opinion, George Bush is intent on attacking Iran, and nobody can stop him.
He has made it easy for himself by declaring the Revolutionary Guards of Iran a terrorist organization and thereby circumventing any role of Congress in restricting him. By doing so, he can do an end-run, because Congress has already given him almost unlimited authorization to fight the never-ending "war on terror."
What are the repercussions of going to war against Iran? In my opinion, it will inflame the whole Muslim world to kill Americans and Jews wherever they may be. Will we be safer? You be the judge. Joe M. Spitzer Memphis
The 11th Hour
I just saw — and was very impressed with — Leonardo DiCaprio's powerful documentary, The 11th Hour. The film depicts the devastating impacts of global warming, including droughts, hurricanes, and flooding of coastal areas. It features interviews with the brightest minds on our planet about the causes of this man-made environmental crisis and possible solutions.
A powerful solution was suggested last November in a report by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization. The report found that meat production accounts for 18 percent of greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming. That's more than automobiles!
Carbon dioxide, the chief greenhouse gas, is emitted by burning forests to create animal pastures and combustion of fossil fuels to operate farm machinery, trucks, refrigeration equipment, factory farms, and slaughterhouses.
The good news is that each of us can do our part to reduce global warming on our next trip to the supermarket.
Editor's note: Last week's issue included incorrect information about the Art on Tap event at the Dixon Gallery and Gardens. The correct day is Friday, September 7th.