Ah, yes, Bill Gibbons, the "politician's" politician ("The Man Who Would be Governor," May 21st issue). He'll say whatever he thinks you want to hear now that the governor's mansion is in his sites. But I hadn't noticed this "embarrassment" that you wrote of when referring to Tennesseans being able (thanks to their state legislators) to exercise their "rights" under the U.S. Constitution that allows them to keep and bear arms. Thank the gods that we here in Tennessee have a legislative body with a spine. There are laws in place to deal with anyone who gets out of line and uses their firearm in a way that infringes on another person's right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Gibbons, for all of his double-speak on any issue that seems to be somewhat controversial, seems to be abandoning the "rights of the people" rhetoric that got him elected to the office of district attorney. He's becoming the politician that he's always dreamed of being. That's not to say that he wouldn't still be better than that progressive, over-spending governor that we have now.
Frank M. Boone
Imagine my amazement when I saw Bill Gibbons on the cover of the Flyer. It must have been a slow week for material.
Gibbons for governor of the Volunteer State? Give me a break. The guy is a first-class blowhard whose done a lame job as D.A. He goes after the nickel-and-dime riffraff, but where are the truly major arrests? With the recent monkey biz of elected officials like Janis Fullilove, the county clerk's office, and council member Barbara Swearingen Ware, this shouldn't be dificult.
Oh, well. Perhaps, if he's elected, Governor Gibbons can find a position in Nashville for Mayor Herenton and get him out of Memphis.
Gibbons might make a pretty decent governor, but the right-wingers who run the Tennessee GOP will never go for it. Let's see, a semi-moderate Republican from Memphis, the city the rest of the state's Republicans despise: Not gonna work, I'm afraid. He is the best of the GOP candidates, in my opinion, but he's the longest of long shots at this point.
President Obama suffered the worst defeat by Congress of any president in my memory, thanks to his own party leaders. My party seems to be full of sheep who are easily herded by those Republican leaders who have little or no faith in their own country. Democrats should be ashamed of the vote that stopped the funding to shut down Gitmo. They had the false courage to vote to send hundreds of thousands of troops into harm's way, but when it came to the decision of whether or not to bring a couple hundred accused terrorists to maximum security prisons in the U.S., Senate Democrats and Republicans ran like scalded dogs.
Since the attack on America on 9/11, our leaders have failed to show the faith that most citizens have in the system of laws that have served our nation so well for more than 200 years. This Memorial Day we remembered the brave men and women who served and gave their lives in defense of that system. I have to believe they would be shocked to know that so many of today's leaders in both parties are ruled by fear and politics.
I call on senators Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell to find their backbone and show the world that they have the same courage they expect and demand from the men and women in our armed forces.
Former Vice President Dick Cheney is a war criminal. They need to keep Guantanamo prison open, so Cheney can be incarcerated there. Is America safer? Not until he's locked up.
Joe M. Spitzer
President Obama spoke at Notre Dame University and called for understanding and dialogue in the abortion controversy. But how can there be compromise and dialogue with evangelicals and fundamentalists who are trying to force their anti-abortion agenda on all women?
The president asked for open minds to prevail. When was the last time you met an anti-abortionist who was open-minded? They have only intolerance and disdain when it comes to women who want to choose what to do with their own bodies.
Nevada City, California