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A Clark Man

To the Editor:

Re: "Primary Colors" (February 5th issue). I am a veteran of the Korean War, and I have lived through a lot of presidential elections, all the way back to FDR. In my lifetime, there has never been a presidential candidate with the qualifications of General Wesley Clark to do the job that we need done in the White House today.

His military leadership, his diplomatic expertise in dealing with world leaders (to take care of the mess that has been created in Iraq), and his knowledge of the economy is unparalleled by any other candidate.

Herman Mullings

Hot Springs, Arkansas

Old Fart

To the Editor:

I haven't written a letter to an editor since I was an angry young man in the late 1960s, but it's time to begin a new era as an irritated old fart. As a regular reader of the Flyer, I was delighted that last week's issue was probably the only media outlet that made no mention of the Janet Jackson/Justin Timberlake Super Bowl thing.

If you do cover this alleged story, please don't spend more time than the split second that bounced the world Super Bowl Sunday. Personally, I'm not sure whether to be offended by the hypocrisy or to revel in the humor of the reaction. The combined time and outrage given to NFL players Ray Carruth's murder of his pregnant girlfriend and Randy Moss' running down a police officer do not approach the obsession with a split-second flash of a bosom protected by a starburst nipple guard.

In closing, I feel I must comment on the FCC, CBS, the wacko who is suing everyone, and all the other outraged wackos. Get a life, people! It was a breast, flashed for a split second. Personally, I think it was a rather nice bosom, but put it back in the cup.

Wes Culler


Editor's note: Sorry to say, see last week's Fly on the Wall ("Boob Tube") on the "Super Bowl thing."

The Real John Kerry?

To the Editor:

I respect the oft-published liberal opinions of B. Keith English (Letters, February 5th issue), but he's violated his pedigree trying to defend John Kerry as the Democrat standard-bearer in 2004.

Kerry is a Boston Brahmin who was raised with a silver spoon in his mouth, not unlike the man he wants to oppose in '04. Kerry's not exactly a self-made man. But he has reinvented himself into a war protester, of all things.

Who cares if he fought in Vietnam? If he was, as he professes, against that war, he should have taken conscientious-objector status. The fact that he chose to fight makes him either terribly confused or a gigantic hypocrite. And if he could recognize and oppose an unjust war then, why couldn't he recognize and oppose one now, instead of voting to authorize it? Will the real John Kerry stand up?

Keith, you don't need and shouldn't want Kerry as your standard-bearer. He won't do you proud, but neither will any of the other choices of your party. Sadly, who you need is Adlai Stevenson.

Martin H. Aussenberg


Artistic Hospitality

To the Editor:

Thank you for Chris Davis' fine review of "Everything I See Is New and Strange" at the Dixon ("New and Strange," January 29th issue). Memphis, which has always been so receptive to Walter Anderson, is now enjoying a closer, more complete look at his work than any city has ever known. Besides the two splendid exhibits at the Dixon, there is also an exhibition of 42 pieces at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. The Brooks is also showing some important Anderson ceramics donated by Burton Callicott. Meanwhile, the Walter Anderson Museum of Art, in Ocean Springs, Mississippi, is hosting an exhibition on his life and work. One feels doubly proud -- of Anderson and of Memphis' latest gesture of artistic hospitality.

Christopher Maurer


Editor's note: Christopher Maurer is the author of Fortune's Favorite Child: The Uneasy Life of Walter Anderson. He was interviewed in the January 29th issue.

Correction: Due to a production glitch, General Sessions Court clerk candidate Charles Fineberg was misidentified in last issue's cover story. We regret the error.

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