Letters to the Editor

Dramatic License

To the Editor:

Your article on Rosie Jackson and her unfortunate living conditions ("Home Alone," March 13th issue) made me sad and angry. But was it really necessary to include those close-up shots of her face? Rosie Jackson is a sweet lady who needs some serious help, but she ain't cute. In this celebrity-obsessed pop culture we're living in, it is refreshing to see someone who isn't one of the "beautiful people" on the cover of any publication, but her nostrils gave me the heebie-jeebies. I was eating a cheeseburger at the time, and now I can't eat cheeseburgers anymore.

Thank you, Memphis Flyer, for making people aware of her horrific living conditions, but please revoke your photographer's dramatic license.

Cody T. Williams


Of Course ...

To the Editor:

"Why of course the people don't want war. ... But after all it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. ... The people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger." -- Hermann Goering, Nazi leader, at the Nuremberg Trials after World War II

If all of us would only learn these few words as well as our current administration has done.

David Singelyn


In Harm's Way

To the Editor:

My husband is a 24-year Army veteran. Our son has proudly served in the military 14 years. In 1991, he was a Gulf War veteran at age 19. He is once again in harm's way along with thousands of sons and daughters, mothers and fathers, aunts and uncles, brothers and sisters.

I agree with those who say we need to "get 100 percent behind our troops" but probably disagree with what that means.

I support my son and his friends by contributing to an organization called Veterans for Peace. This is just one of many veteran organizations who are working to see that our government explores every peaceful and diplomatic means to resolve the many international crises in which we are involved.

I am no naive flower child. If we do go to war, then let us make sure our troops have had the best training, the best equipment, the latest intelligence, and flawless communication. And when the wars are over, after the last bit of confetti has been swept up from the "welcome home" parades, let us make sure that our troops return to adequate housing and do not need food stamps to feed their families.

Let us make sure that our veterans get the very best medical care for any and all war-related injuries and illnesses. Let us not see our veterans portrayed as wild-eyed madmen in movies and television programs simply because their souls were wounded by the horrors in which they were forced to participate and to witness.

Carmen Klapperich

Spring Hill, Tennessee

Won the Battle ...

To the Editor:

The winners of the Shelby County Republican Party may have won the battle but lost the war (Politics, March 6th issue). That is apparent from the recent local party caucus and convention. The last four years under the so-called leadership of chairman Alan Crone have been marked by political divisiveness.

It looks like the next four years under new chairman Kemp Conrad will feature more of the same -- political factions and fewer Republicans in local office. I noted the very poor attendance at the recent Lincoln Day awards dinner and the fact that almost no one attended the reception before dinner.

Chas. S. Peete Jr.


Changing Objectives

To the Editor:

We should change our objective in the Middle East. We should use our regular forces, already in the area, to evict Israel from the West Bank. Then we should use our special forces for nation-building to create a new Palestine.

This would comply with and enforce several U.N. resolutions.

It would not be harmful to Israel, and it would make friends of the Arab world that is rapidly becoming our enemy.

Jim Osburn



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