So now the Flyer has jumped on the bandwagon and is promoting the deal to turn Memphis' iconic Pyramid into a gaudy huntin' and fishin' retail palace ("Fish On!" August 25th issue). Once again, the city's "leaders" have put our tax dollars on the poker table, making a bet that this latest "transformative" project will magically bring jobs and prosperity to downtown.
That's worked so well so far, hasn't it? Like at Peabody Place, Gibson Guitar, and the ludicrous Riverfront Development boondoggle, to name three other transformative projects. Four million visitors a year? Right. And I've got a Pyramid on the Mississippi I'd like to sell you. Oh, wait ...
It has been a decade since the terror attacks of September 11th etched tragedy upon the heart of America. Through collective grief, thousands of Americans acted on our innate nature to serve and sought ways to lend a hand, offer comfort, and ultimately create positive change in our communities.
That spirit of service has reinvigorated voluntarism in our country. More than 63 million Americans now give their time, talent, voice, and money each year to address the challenges we face. We see this when catastrophes from storms to floods suddenly strike some corner of our nation. We see this daily in Memphis with unheralded acts, as people deliver meals, tutor, volunteer in libraries and hospitals, take food to a sick or bereaved friend, fight litter and blight, and in innumerable ways that support our community and its people.
The 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance is the day we give tribute by doing something from our hearts that benefits and enriches someone else — something meaningful to us in memory of others.
Nationally, there is a goal of creating one million acts of service and building an enduring movement and annual event to pay tribute to our national spirit of giving. Volunteer Tennessee, the governor's commission on national and community service, is encouraging all Tennesseans to honor the 10th anniversary of the September 11th attacks by engaging in an act of service on or around September 11, 2011.
Ken Hall, Shannon Little,
Carol Gaudino, and Justin Ross
Board Members, Volunteer Tennessee
When you publish letters to the editor like the one from Ron Lowe in the August 25th issue, you lose all credibility with the open-minded nonpartisan readers you have. Lowe's rant about Governor Perry is just such a case. One can only assume that Mr. Lowe is pro-abortion from the tone of his letter. Who is "pro" abortion? And from an agnostic, I say why not allow the mention of creationism in the schools if that is what a school district decides it wants? The last thing this republic needs is an education politburo-type manifesto from Washington, D.C. If it's not true, what are you afraid of? I was taught creationism, and I turned out fine.
Lowe's assertion that Texas has the highest utility rates is also a falsehood. And "disastrous" for his state? Texas has among the lowest taxes, along with the fastest-growing population and economy to boot! People don't flock to higher taxes and bad economic conditions; they run away from them, as in New Jersey and New York.
Perry's record of creating almost one out of every two jobs created in the United States at a time when Obama has been killing them over the last two years speaks volumes for his credibility and the lack thereof of Lowe and your paper for publishing his conjecture-laced hyperbole.
Frank M. Boone
God sent us people like Michele Bachmann, Eric Cantor, Rick Perry, Sarah Palin, and Christine O'Donnell to teach us the lesson of complete stupidity. Why did God even create stupidity? I don't get stupidity.
In addition, why did God create flies? I don't get flies, either.