To the Editor:
The Memphis Flyer is supposed to be different, yet where is your coverage of those of us who want to keep the "public" in the public promenade on the riverfront? You need to know that the Riverfront Development Corporation is not the only riverfront group in town. They are just the ones with a gazillion tax dollars.
The other group is Friends for Our Riverfront, a grassroots organization that wants to keep the promenade public. FfOR isn't just the old-line Memphians who took the most valuable land in Memphis and dedicated it to the people to use forever, although that is part of the story. You don't have to be an Overton or a Winchester. You just have to love Memphis to love that old muddy river, to long to restore peace to your soul as you watch the sun set over the Arkansas farmland.
The RDC is all about Kristi Jernigan, who wants to outline the glitzy new high-rises in neon blue lights, and Benny Lendermon, a bureaucrat whose goal is to make Willie Herenton's legacy for him, no matter the cost to the taxpayers, no matter the destruction to the ecology and to the sacred covenant between the city and its founders. These are people who have no sense of the history of Memphis. They cannot imagine why three wealthy men, Winchester, Overton, and McLemore, would give to the people the right to use the most valuable land in the city in perpetuity. They have no sense of altruism and no desire to preserve what is good from the past. They can see only that which is new and shiny and which will make them rich.
Got the difference?
Mimi Harris Waite
Editor's note: We covered the recent meeting between FfOR and the RDC in our February 26th issue. And we will continue to cover the story as it unfolds.
To the Editor:
President Bush has stooped to a new low by using 9/11 images in his campaign ads. While he wants us to believe that he has been "attacking the terrorists," he has actually been providing fuel for them.
Mounting evidence shows that Bush has allowed terrorism to flourish while he has diverted our military forces against a destitute, broken country. The Bush administration concocted lies and used fear to lead the nation into a war with Iraq. By creating a state of chaos in Iraq, he has opened up the country to terrorists.
Even though much of the financial support for terrorism has come from Saudi Arabia, Bush has consistently protected his Saudi friends. Even if we get bin Laden, terrorism will not stop until the funds that support it are curtailed.
There are numerous indications that Bush had several warnings before 9/11, which he dismissed and ignored. Bush has stonewalled the ongoing investigation into the failures that led to the WTC attack. He is faced with several lawsuits brought by the families of some 9/11 victims in an effort to force the administration to be more truthful. By withholding information on failures of his administration, yet using 9/11 images for campaign propaganda, he shows a complete lack of character and integrity.
To the Editor:
My husband and I loved reading your 15th anniversary issue (February 26th issue). One thing that struck us in particular was question three in the quiz on page 39. We knew the answer to that question because we won that contest. In fact, we are on the cover of issue 31 -- much younger and slimmer, I might add. We had a great time on our trip, and the child mentioned at the end of the article is our daughter Sophie, who will be 14 in April.
Issue number 31 also contains an interesting story on Jacqueline Smith and her protest at the Lorraine Motel (not yet the National Civil Rights Museum), a mention of the "Big Dig" (groundbreaking for The Pyramid) in the We Recommend column, and an early, cutting-edge ad for loft apartments in the South Main historic district. Thanks for 15 great years.
Susan and R.J. Moskop
To the Editor:
Martha Stewart's $51,000 insider trading crime will likely net her 18 to 24 months in prison. President Bush sold all the stock in his Texas oil company shortly before it went bankrupt and it got him the presidency. What's the difference? W. didn't get caught.
Nevada City, California
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