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A New Stadium

Regarding all the hubbub about building a new stadium on the University of Memphis grounds or the Fairgrounds: Does anyone realize how many SEC stadiums are older than the Liberty Bowl? Except for Arkansas — all of them. And they manage to keep their stadiums up-to-date.  

On Saturdays, most of those stadiums are full. The Liberty Bowl is lucky to be half-full. So what does the future hold? If you saw the U of M's performance against UCF in Orlando last Saturday, [you would] say they should move to the CBHS field. But before they do that, Mayor Herenton should hire a consultant.

Joe Mercer

Memphis

Voting Machines

Does anyone care that Shelby County voters no longer have the secret ballot? That basic voting right, designed to protect voters from intimidation and to ensure that their votes will be free from retaliation, is impossible with the voting machines used in this county.

Gone are folded ballots and curtained booths. Anyone standing in the vicinity of the machines can now see what votes are being cast without any difficulty.

Robert A. Lanier

Memphis

Air America

In response to a recent disgruntled letter-writer's sorrowful lament regarding Air America biting the broadcast dust (Letters, September 13th issue), another perspective is in order: Since only the letter-writer and three others were even listening to the daily bile spewed forth on Air America programs, it fell victim to the good old American marketplace.

Advertisers go where there is listenership. Hateful anti-American sentiment rarely sells long-term. As for conservatives, Rush Limbaugh and others started from nothing and built up their following by being not only entertaining but informative, drawing listeners and then advertisers. The secular progressives can't compete in the marketplace with their bankrupt ideas.

Never fear though. There's always National Public Radio and public television (taxpayer subsidized, I might add) with the ever-objective Bill Moyers and his ilk in total control. Only while on the public dole can they survive. So you do have an alternative, funded, I might add, by us generous conservatives.

As for me, I read and or subscribe to several alternative news organizations (Memphis Flyer, The New York Times, Time magazine) in order to keep abreast of what the far side is thinking.

Frank P. Lamanna Sr. Germantown

Talk radio in Memphis again has reached another all-time low. With WWTQ AM-680 dropping Air America Radio, we are again stuck with the fascist opinions of the likes of the drug-dealing Limbaugh and the opinionated Mike Fleming.

Whenever I call and counter whatever lies Fleming throws out to his listening ostriches (neo-cons with their heads in the sand), he keeps his finger on the exit button, because I constantly prove his misleading stories wrong. Fleming is nothing more than a coward and cannot allow a liberal opinion more reasoned than his to be heard. This is exactly the same as the administration in Washington.

The people of America had better stand up for their rights under the First Amendment, because with the control over the airwaves these right-wing extremists have, this country is going down the drain. 

Paul Gagliano

Memphis

LeMoyne-Owen

It is not surprising that the City Council voted to give LeMoyne-Owen College $3 million. We have come to expect bizarre behavior from our city government. However, I am somewhat surprised that the county commissioners recently voted nine to two to give $500,000 to LeMoyne-Owen.

Commissioner Henri Brooks whined, "I don't know why we have to always come to the mic when you have an African-American organization asking for their share ... ." Apparently Brooks missed the day in school when the First Amendment was taught.   

LeMoyne-Owen College (a church-related college) is a grand, historical college, but it isn't due one cent from the taxpayers of this county. Nor is Crichton College or Rhodes College or any other college in Memphis associated with a religious body. Taxpayers in Memphis and Shelby County are not obligated, and indeed are not permitted by constitutional law, to provide financial assistance to any Christian organization. If we have $3.5 million extra in our government coffers, why is this money not used to upgrade our underfunded public schools?

Dan Hankins

Memphis

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