I enjoyed reading Gary Bridgman's cover story about Nonconnah Creek ("Up on a Crippled Creek," April 21st issue). Excellent article! I want Flyer readers to know that there is a group that is planning monthly cleanups of McKellar Lake. This is a gargantuan task that will take years of work to fix. However, I know that there are many Memphians who are passionate about protecting our water and natural resources.
We'll have our first cleanup on Saturday, April 30th, from 8:30 a.m. to noon. We'll be tackling McKellar from the Jack Carley Causeway.
University of Memphis
I appreciated the article on Nonconnah Creek. My brother and I grew up in the 1960s and spent many hours with our BB guns, and sometimes .22 rifles, on that creek. We grew up about a mile away in Colonial Acres. I remember when there was nothing but shotgun homes on Mt. Moriah. My, times have changed.
There used to be a lake in that area called Mud Lake, but I never knew what happened to it. At one time, there was a farm right off of Mt. Moriah, and kids used to swim in Mud Lake all the time. My brother Gary is writing a book entitled Nonconnah, but he won't disclose the content. It's probably stories about our adventures and exploits on the creek. Again, thanks for the story about our beloved Nonconnah. It sure brought back a flood of memories from childhood.
Larry D. Pylant
The levels of hypocrisy emanating from the General Assembly in Nashville are just astounding ("Big Brother Rides Again," Editorial, April 21st issue). The Flyer rightly pointed out the irony of anti-big-government conservatives passing a measure that denies local city governments the right to determine how to handle workplace discrimation. But that's just the tip of the Big Brother iceberg.
There are bills passing through the legislature that are the antithesis of small government thinking. There is one, sponsored by national embarrassment Stacey Campfield, that will prevent teachers from mentioning the word "gay" in the classroom until the ninth grade. Another, as reported in the Flyer, will encourage the teaching of creationism. And now there is a voucher bill that will allow tax-payer money to be used to pay tuition to church-based schools (Politics, April 21st issue).
Elections have consequences, and now Tennessee is paying the price for electing Christian ideologues into power. They are conservatives all right, just like the Taliban.
No More Taxes
Government is necessary to a civilized society, and taxes are necessary to government. However, unrestricted government will naturally grow until it consumes more than the producing private sector can support. Our federal government is now spending far more than our private sector can possibly be taxed. If government was able to extract from the private sector what it is now spending, America would financially collapse practically overnight.
Buyers of our huge debt are drying up, and currently the Fed is simply creating the money out of thin air to buy the debt. This will only cause inflation and prolong the inevitable collapse, unless spending is reduced dramatically and soon.
It is proven that, regardless of tax rates, approximately 20 percent of the gross domestic product is the maximum that can be gleaned from an economically healthy private sector. With current revenues of approximately $2 trillion and a budget of $3.6 trillion, we have a very serious problem. In today's struggling economy, increasing the tax rates will likely result in lower revenues. Extreme taxes on the high-income people simply don't work, because they begin leaving for friendlier tax environments. Many of these high earners can incorporate or move to places such as Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Panama, or a dozen other places to protect their earnings, exactly as G.E. has just done, and as a result paid no taxes at all.
These people are the entrepreneurs, inventors, and investors. They are the job creators, not politicians. If the top 1 percent income-earners who now pay 38 percent of the tax revenues are taxed even more and begin leaving, America will lose revenue and most likely jobs as well.
Correction: It was erroneously reported in Fly-by (April 21st issue) that the soon-to-open ReStore is located in Germantown. The address is in Memphis at 7130 Winchester Road. The Midtown Restore closed in 2008.
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