Postscript 

Letters to the Editor

The Aftermath

To the Editor:

Amazing. The Flyer misses a week and still manages to scoop The Commercial Appeal on the great MLGW "outside help" controversy. Good work.

Patricia Smith

Memphis

To the Editor:

The Bluff City. The Home of the Blues. The Birthplace of Rock-and-Roll. Now Memphis needs a new nickname: the City of Whining Crybabies.

Hundreds of thousands of people had their power knocked out by the storm. Don't these bleating wimps realize that it takes time to repair that many lines? Don't they realize that as long as their power is out their meter is not running? Don't they realize that it is in MLGW's best interest to get the power and the money flowing again as fast as possible? Don't they realize how lucky we were that the temperature was about 10 degrees below normal all during the blackout week?

To all the whiners I say: "Quit your bellyaching and go check on your elderly neighbor and see if she needs a bag of ice."

Michael B. Conway

Memphis

To the Editor:

Don't trash that tree. TreeCycle!

Since the big wind storm, my cousin and I have recovered thousands of board feet of hardwood lumber that would have otherwise been sent to the landfill or burned.

We have set up a hastily constructed Web site at www.ScottBanbury.com where you can find out more information on how to arrange for us to save your tree from becoming trash.

The lumber that we mill from the recovered logs will be marketed to local woodworkers, furniture makers, and cabinet shops. While we don't pay for any logs, we do provide the valuable service of removing the largest and heaviest part of the tree for free, typically saving the homeowner hundreds of dollars. It feels great to be saving valuable material that would otherwise cost the city and county to dispose of.

Scott Banbury

Memphis

The Air is Getting Cleaner

To the Editor:

In a letter to the editor in the Flyer's July 31st issue, Ran Foster wrote: "Memphis has seen ozone alerts begin earlier every year and, due to the lack of city leadership in taking steps to clean up the air, these alerts will continue to arrive earlier every year."

On the contrary, air quality throughout Shelby County just keeps improving. Since 1999, the number of days local ozone levels exceeded the eight-hour average ozone standard for chronic exposure dropped from 23 days to less than 10. To date in 2003, the eight-hour ozone standard has been exceeded on five days. Local eight-hour average ozone concentrations have dropped from 92 parts per billion (ppb) in 1995 to 90 ppb, as compared to the health standard of 80 ppb. When local concentrations drop to 84 ppb for a three-year period, we will attain the standard.

Negotiations between the Memphis-Shelby County Health Department, Tennessee Air Pollution Control Board, and TVA resulted in installation of nitrogen oxide pollution-control equipment on two units by May 2002 and a third unit by May 2003 -- long before the December 31, 2004, federal deadline and long before other TVA facilities. The Allen Steam Plant in Memphis is the only TVA fossil-fuel plant fully controlled by Selective Catalytic Reduction to date.

In 1998, the Health Department joined Arkansas, Mississippi, and Tennessee in a regional study of ozone formation to identify the most effective air-pollution control strategies. We are one of only 36 areas in the U.S. participating in an Early Action Compact to achieve the eight-hour ozone standard by 2007. We are working with major air-pollution sources, including the refinery, and with the Tennessee Interagency Task Force to achieve further pollution reductions by April 2005.

Diane L. Arnst

Technical Manager, Pollution Control Section

Memphis-Shelby County Health Dept.

The Memphis Flyer encourages reader response. Send mail to: Letters to the Editor, POB 1738, Memphis, TN 38101. Or call Back Talk at 575-9405. Or send us e-mail at letters@memphisflyer.com. All responses must include name, address, and daytime phone number. Letters should be no longer than 250 words.

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