Arena Is Unwise

To the Editor:

It isn't too late for the promoters to say, "We made a mistake" and admit that with a costly arena and the higher ticket prices that go with it they aren't going to reach the goal of 14,900 average attendance that the Grizzlies require. The Grizzlies were losers before they left Vancouver and have continued to lose most of their games this season. Basketball teams play too many games in a season for anyone with the time or money to fully support them.

It seems the average attendance for games at The Pyramid has come closer to 12,000 than the hoped-for 14,900. This should show the arena-backers that it is unwise to continue to push to build an arena that will only put an extra burden on local taxpayers. The Pyramid is more than adequate and could continue to be used for Grizzlies games.

Emily Jorgensen


Conspiracy Theories

To the Editor:

I am writing in response to Rebekah Gleaves' article, "Conspiracy Theories" (March 7th issue). Just over six months ago, I would have laughed myself silly at this article. Of course, six months ago, the twin towers of the World Trade Center were still standing and we had not had an anthrax scare that closed the Capitol building. Life seemed a lot more sane then.

I appreciate Gleaves' balanced report and her restraint in putting forth ideas as to who could be behind this possibly related chain of events. It was a thoughtful and thought-provoking article. Most people don't go "in-depth" in the news, and I appreciate it when a good sleuth brings it together.

Keep up the good work!

Kathy Romer, Memphis

Russian Things

To the Editor:

In his letter to the editor ("Tale of Two Cities," March 14th issue) Greg Belz wrote that "the two cities [St. Petersburg and Leningrad] are one and the same, Leningrad having resumed its original name in 1991 after the fall of the Soviet government." Not quite.

When Peter the Great founded the city as the capital of Russia in1703, he called it St. Petersburg, after his patron saint. But the Russians disliked this Germanic name and during World War I changed it to Petrograd. In 1924, the Soviet government changed it again to Leningrad in honor of Bolshevist Nikolai Lenin, whose real name was Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov.

Arthur Prince, Memphis

Gift To the River Gods?

To the Editor:

I read of the planned Riverfront/Mud Island development (City Beat, March 7th issue) and I begin to smile. I think of the time the mighty Mississippi crested at Front Street and they had to sandbag The Peabody hotel to keep the water out of the lobby and I begin to chuckle. I picture 75 million tax dollars' worth of construction washing down the river toward New Orleans and I begin laughing out loud.

An appropriate name for this misbegotten plan springs to mind: the Harbor Urban Bridge Riverfront Island System (HUBRIS). The river gods are licking their chops.

Michael B. Conway, Memphis

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