To the Editor:
As an avid user of the new Madison trolley line, I was pleased that you placed a beautiful photograph of the interior of one of the trolley cars on your front cover ("A Tale of Two Trails," April 8th issue). As they say, there is no bad publicity. Hopefully, your article will increase, not decrease, ridership, in spite of all the negative comments about service.
I am baffled by the comparison of a new trolley line, which can actually move passengers through the city from one location to another, with a bike path meant entirely for fun and recreation. It's like comparing an airport to a swimming pool. If you are really interested in making the bicycle an alternative to the car, you should propose dedicated bike lanes on all major thoroughfares, separate stop and go signals for bicycles at major intersections, and bicycle lockers at destinations of interest so that bicyclists could ride to events without their bicycles getting stolen. I lived in MÅnster, Germany, and in Palo Alto, California, where such options exist. They work.
To the Editor:
The trolley system has major problems and wheelchair users have even more problems. Drivers are not properly trained in lining up the trolleys with the lifts and most drivers have problems operating the lift once the trolley is lined up. Every time I have ridden, it has taken up to 10 minutes just to get on the trolley.
On April 8th, the trolley sat at the end of the Cleveland station for more than 25 minutes. Ten to 12 people left because they wanted to get to the Grizzlies game. When the trolley did get to the station, a MATA supervisor waved it on after everyone else boarded without allowing me to get on. It took me an hour and 10 minutes to get from the Cleveland station to the North Court station. If anyone has limited time to wait, they shouldn't depend on the trolleys.
To the Editor:
Scary. That's the only word that fits what I felt after reading Jackson Baker's column (Politics, April 8th issue) about Congressman Marsha Blackburn's talk at the "Frontline" series. Because she was in Iraq last year for a short visit, she thinks she knows enough to declare that there are no problems involved in turning power over to the Iraqi people on June 30th.
The congressman also thinks getting rid of Saddam solved all our problems, because, in her words, he was the biggest WMD. She also thinks the economy is on track because the malls are full. Yep, she declares, those tax cuts did the trick.
She does have a problem with the president's time-table for cutting the $1 trillion deficit. She says it's $512 billion but, like Bush, fails to include the cost of the war in Iraq. She says, rightly, that productivity is the highest it's ever been but fails to note that wages are not going up.
And Marsha, it was Osama bin Laden and other Saudis who attacked and killed 2,700 Americans on September 11th -- not Saddam.
To the Editor:
Why has a national book by a Memphis author, three times featured on Rock 103, three times in The Commercial Appeal, and even last month on Fox News, still not once been mentioned in the Flyer ("Sex and This City," March 18th issue)?
Why haven't I, this same author, who, without the aid of a publicist and therefore on her own merit, after having been written up by Playboy, debuted in Penthouse, the inspiration for a comic strip in Penthouse Comix, and Al Goldstein's last Midnight Review interview, and also having appeared in Time Out New York, The Jackson Sun, The Tennessean, Rockbridge Weekly, Paradise, Sag Harbor Express (five times), Dan's Papers, Hot Springs Sentinel, and on the cover of the Pittsburgh Tribune and Little Rock Free Press, in addition to a publishing contract with Barney Rosset, founder of Grove Press and the Evergreen Review, a national debut at the N.Y.U. Tishman Auditorium, and even included as one of the top American writers of erotica fiction, earned not even one literary mention in The Memphis Flyer? Is this personal?
The Author, Eva Morris
Editor's note: No, it's not personal. We just don't like being scooped by the Sag Harbor Express.
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Which leads me to put on my Dr. Phil face and say what has to be said: It's time for Memphis and Shelby County to start seeing other people. We've tried for years to patch things up, to come to some sort of mutual understanding, but we need to admit that we have irreconcilable differences. We don't even know each other any more ...