I am writing to express my support for Senator Bob Corker as he runs for a second term in the U.S. Senate. Senator Corker has been an inspiration to me, as I was the youngest Shelby County unified school board applicant last year. He has also inspired me to follow in his footsteps as a business leader in the 21st century as we develop ways to change our world.
Moreover, Senator Corker has fought to protect my generation while in Washington and will continue to do so if given a second term. Seemingly limitless federal government spending is restraining younger generations like mine to massive debt we cannot pay off. Senator Corker, however, is working to limit federal spending and cut our nation's debt.
Memphis as a Nocturnal City
What Bruce VanWyngarden proposed in his Letter from the Editor (July 5th issue) is likely a proposition that has until now never been seriously put forth. As a horse carriage driver downtown, I think it'd actually be a great idea. On extremely hot days, we don't typically hit the streets until after 6 p.m. The truth is, most folks aren't riding until about 7:30 p.m., this time of year.
I know our operation is only one of the many outlets for entertainment downtown and in greater Memphis, but, that said, the heat constrains us to working only a certain amount of hours per day, and demand curbs sharply after 10 p.m. during the week and midnight on the weekends. Imagine how much more business all of us in the service industry could do at night if it were lunchtime for the average tourist!
Most of us in my industry keep hours sometime in between most peoples' and what was outlined in the column. Realistically, the proposed seasonal transition wouldn't be a difficult one for a lot of folks. I'm sure many have read the column, had a quick laugh, pondered the possibility of such a switch, then snapped back to reality.
Why are so many people (policymakers in particular) so unimaginative? Why couldn't this be a reality?
Christians and the Poor
What prompted me to write my letter about the clergy (June 21st issue) was the irony I saw when a whole section of The Commercial Appeal was devoted to the issue of gay marriage, in which many ministers, priests, and rabbis expressed passionate opinions. I did not remember seeing or hearing anything near the response to the latest figures, from the U.S. Census, about the growing number of people in poverty and about those who are without health insurance.
As I said in my first letter, Jesus said nothing about homosexuality, but he talked time and time again about the need to help those less fortunate. I applaud all that churches and faith-based organizations do to help the poor, but we have always had too much poverty in our country.
In a country where the majority of citizens are Christians, why have we had the high rates of poverty and the numbers of people who do not have health insurance? And why would some, no, many conservative Christian churches or organizations oppose government action that could help those who are suffering? I am grateful for all that churches and faith-based organizations do, but they should do all they can to not only relieve the suffering of the poor but end it permanently.
What reason could anyone have had to barbecue soy dogs and veggie burgers on the 4th of July instead of animal body parts? Would any of these work?
• Not worrying about nasty E. coli and salmonella bugs, if food is undercooked;
• Not worrying about deadly carcinogens, if food is overcooked;
• Focusing on traffic and fireworks safety, rather than food safety;
• Giving your eyes a break from reading government warning labels;
• Giving your body a holiday from saturated fat, cholesterol, and
• Not sweating the animal cruelty and environmental devastation guilt trips;
• Sharing a holiday with your strange but lovable vegetarian friends;
• Celebrating a day of independence from the meat industry.